posted at 8/31/2010 10:01 PM EDT
So we lose one player in our secondary who had been injured for the vast majority of the preseason, and we're ready to panic? And it shouldn't go W/O mention that we made the Saints and Falcons passing games looking elementary - with no game-planning whatsoever.
Devin McCourty will develop into a starting corner. The guy has shown the ability to play physically at the L.O.S., and he has also shown the ability to fly and play the ball. This guy reminds me of a more athletic Ty Law.
As for Butler, things are less certain with him, but he looked good last year, and other than the Rams game, he's looked fine, in fact he hadn't been tested until the Rams game. What does that mean? It means that he was locking down his side of the field.
Does losing Bodden hurt? Absolutely - I won't argue that. What I will argue though is that this team is still perfectly capable of making a deep playoff run. We all know that this offense can and will carry this team - simple as that. The defensive front is solid aside from the OLB position opposite of Tully, but hopefully Cunningham can work his way in there, or hopefully Burgess can play with some emotion. We still have Meriweather, we still have Chung, the "head hunter" and we still have two very bright young, athletic corners.
Let's all settle down folks. This loss hurts us, but no player is above the team. I still remember back in '03 or '04 when Troy Brown was playing corner. We won the Superbowl that year.
Ultimately, we still have a very competitive team, and we still have a competitive secondary.
If this team was a super-bowl caliber team prior to this, they're a super-bowl caliber team after this - no one injury can affect any team, aside from the QB position.
We still have Brady, we still have Randy, we still have Wes, we still have Big Vince. This team will be perfectly fine - McCourty can play and Butler has shown flashes.
This could be much worse.
Next man up - time to go win us a super-bowl.