Re: What Difference Does Talib Make?
posted at 11/15/2012 11:48 AM EST
In response to zbellino's comment:
In response to wozzy's comment:
This defense was going to get better with addition of Talib or not, eventually I'd have to assume that either Ras Dowling or Dennard was going to supplant Arrington as a starter and more importantly the more these young defenders play together there was bound to be improvement.
Dont get me wrong Talib is a 5th year vet which gives him two more years of experience than McCourty, and he has proven to be more durable than Ras so automatically it's an upgrade. But this defense has to play better as a unit, get some healthy safeties back if possible and most important of all we need a consistant pass rush up front. D Backs are the only people you see when the ball is in the air but if the QB had all day to throw is it their fault? Covering a receiver is the toughest assignment in the entire NFL.
Dowling is on IR, so I don't know how he could help them.
Pass rush and coverage are synergistic events. I agree coverage is a real bear. Toughest job on defense really.
It's an old (on this forum) and well worn discussion. I think another pass rusher, as I said above, could have as much an effect as a player like Talib. There isn't a pass rusher on the market that has equivalent skill level to Talib though.
I don't think moving players around will help much at all, it would just expose other areas of weakness. And just because the defense is playing terrible now, they will improve with or without him. But I'm talking about substantive improvement. I.E., they can do things they couldn't do before. Dennard ain't bringing that.
So the question is ... does he improve the defense and to the tune of A, B, C, or D, ooooor no, E) -- i.e., he is on par with what DMC/Arrington have given them so far.
I suggested Ras was likely to supplant Arrington as a starter before he got hurt, that's why I said "was." BB has always preferred Arrington in the slot but he wasn't going to just hand Ras or Dennard the job, they had to put in the work.
I think the defense has been improving though inconsistant which is typical of young defenses, whether Talib improves this D significantly really hinges on how many injured defenders they get back.
If they can move McCourty back to corner and he can cover the speedier of the two starting WR's and Talib can man up the bigger of the two, then we have a very potent one two corner punch. Even if they keep McCourty at FS with Dennard across from Talib we have two strong physical corners who give up a little in the speed department but McCourty can erase their mistakes if somebody breaks the press. Ideally we get Chung back and get everybody healthy so we have the depth of talent at corner, but our achilles heel has been the pass rush upfront. Even Deion Sanders in his prime couldn't help us if we can't crush the pocket more consistantly...
In short Talib is an upgrade to Ras but he'll look just as helpless as McCourty, Dennard and Arrington without better play upfront.