Re: Looking at the 2014 Secondary Matchups
posted at 6/10/2014 12:50 AM EDT
In response to joepatsfan111111's comment:
In response to vertigho's comment:
I tend to agree with most of what you wrote, although I think Browner is faster than you give him credit for. He isn't quick in small spaces but he is a longer strider that can fly. When he opens his hips, turns and runs, he can stay with most receivers out there. Just don't ask him to cover the Wes Welkers of the world.
I wouldn't be shocked to see Browner used against the likes of Calvin Johnson, and BB giving him free-reign to mug him at the L.O.S.. They will put McCourty over the top of Browner to give him some help. Can you imagine having to deal with that all game? Johnson would tap out after 2-3 quarters... having Browner wrestle you at the L.O.S. for 4 quarters is a pain for any receiver -- Browner is a physical beast and will wear guys down.
I agree BB isn't slow but he's not a burner.
Also, I highly doubt BB put Browner on a teams #1 over Revis. There's a reason we are paying Revis 12M and that's to lock down the opposition's best WR. Also, you gotta remember that Revis is a very physical corner as well.
Johnson is really in a class of his own -- I'm not sure even the likes of Revis can cover him effectively all the time. Due to Johnson's sheer size alone he will come down with a handful of catches per game, even if he's well covered.
Because of this I'd put the bigger, longer, Browner on Johnson and give him safety help every play. Just my opinion... will be interested to see how Belichick plays it.
Against a slightly less imposing receiver like Demaryius Thomas, I have no doubt Revis will be on him.
I still take issue with your claim that Browner isn't a burner. He can't change direction particularly quickly, but again, when he gets going he's an absolute blur -- the guy can fly. The last couple highlights here really demonstrate this... check out this video: