Re: Dowling at safety?
posted at 5/9/2011 3:46 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Dowling at safety?
[QUOTE]ZB, would you bring in Dowling on 3rd and long to cover pass catching TE's like Clark?
Posted by pats-fan-2007[/QUOTE]
I don't think so, but it's possible.
The point of my post is that defense, big nickel, small nickle, whatever, is all about matchups. Just saying you jam Dowling in at nick because he is green doesn't mean it works that way, just like saying, well he is tall so make it big nickel, doesn't mean it works that way either.
If you are expecting Dowling to be at his best against a slot guy who works at knife fighting range for his paycheck, underneath, and two yards apart of the snap (you can't properly jam a slot because they are offset) then you'll likely be disappointed. But jamming isn't a huge part of McCourty's game, and he is quicker/more fluid than Dowling.
That is just my impression.
Against a TE, well, I don't think a 6'1" 198 lb guy is going to disrupt a 245-260 lb TE very well. I also think McGowan and Chung can do this fairly well ... which is the point of big nickel IMO.
You don't always get the ideal matchup, but getting your best possible matchups is important.