Re: Dowling and Vereen SIgned
posted at 8/2/2011 4:03 PM EDT
I agree with you there on Wilhite, he was serviceable on the slot, he just belongs nowhere near the outside of the field. Out of our current crop of Cbs, Butler should be the one who is cut.
Arrington: 71 tackles, 5 passes defensed, 1 INT
Butler: 23 tackles, 6 passes defensed
Wilhite (9 games): 20 tackles, 2 passes defensed
McCourty: 82 tackles, 7 interceptions, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles and 17 passes defensed
Arrington has 1 fewer pass defensed than butler, but he never got as many opportunities as he was never identified as a corner to pick on. Arrington had 3 times more tackles, being a dependable tackler on the outside of the field. He lead the team in '09 is 18 special teams tackles too, so I really love how he isn't afraid of tackling. Butler essentially blew the game week 2 giving up a TD and commiting 2 (2!) PI penalties on another scoring drive, with 2 TDs being the difference in the game. Meanwhile, Arrington's pick 6 over the Packers Helped win the game. 1 Makes plays, 1 doesn't.
His contract extension is why he clearly won his job as the slot defender and somebody who isn't great on the outside but isn't lost either. The one thing he struggles with are behomoths like Megatron (who scored on him) but Megatron is undefendable in the red zone anyways.
At best, butler belongs working in a Connecticut area Isuzu dealership.