Re: Pats trade for tampa's Talib!!!
posted at 11/2/2012 9:28 AM EDT
In response to wozzy's comment:
We traded a 4th round pick for a 1st round talent who is nearing the age where he either grows up or out of the league. This isn't desperation, this is Ras Dowling our "big" cover corner getting injured and BB replacing him.
Anyone who thinks we aren't going to continue to give up yards, like this is some magic solution to a problem is deluding themselves, giving up yards is part of the scheme we run.
The defense is getting better anyway with or without Talib, so when you see a marked improvement on defense understand that it's because of improved and increased pressure upfront, not some magic player that is curing all our defensive woes. This is a low risk high reward move, there is no downside.
Are we going to give up yards, yes, but we will be giving up less big plays for sure. When you look at this move you have to look how it affects the whole secondary. Dennard is playing like a starter (though is prone to mistakes every so often) and McCourty has found a role as a S which he seems well suited for. Talib is a starting caliber CB, maybe not a top 10 CB but certainly a top end #2 if not #1 CB in the league. What you are essentially replacing is:
Gregory -> McCourty This is an upgrade. McCourty was the best DB we had and moving him to S certainly upgrades the FS spot which will help the CB's underneath
McCourty -> Talib I love McCourty but this is an upgrade. Talib is a true #1/2 CB and brings more size and athletism to the table then McCourty. He should help stabilize one side of the field which allows McCourty to now cheat towards the other side adding additionally benefit to coverage
Dennard -> Arrington I understand that Dennard was most likely going to be a starter one way or the other but this move pushes Arrington out of the starting lineup and into a lesser more suited role. Again we find an upgrade
Just by this one move they managed to upgrade 3 of the 4 starting positions in a weak secondary. This should have a fairly large impact compared to what they were giving previously. Heck if this eliminates even 1 extra score a game (even just a FG) then that's the difference right now between a 5-3 Pats team and a 8-0 Pats team