Re: What Difference Does Talib Make?
posted at 11/15/2012 6:59 PM EST
In response to bredbru's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
Just polling -- did they delete the polling feature or am I just missing it btw?
I am wondering myself what kind of a difference a player like Aquib Talib can make. When he came out, in the draft thread, I thought his skill-set (tackling, reading the QB, driving to the play/ball) were a fit for what BB has historically done in NE. He was drafted by another team. Several arrests/incidents later, he is carrying his baggage to NE's secondary -- which is in dire need of help, IMO.
At any given rate, I am excited by the possibility of having some real premium talent, and if he works out (plays to his potential given his history) he could be the Pats version of Orlando Cabrera (ha!), or better yet, like when they bolstered their offense in 2004 adding C Dills.
Just want to check what other people think those chances are. Homer glasses off. Football talk on.
OK. I don't want non-football replies. So, what I mean is: assume he is a boyscout and focused while he is here.
How much of a difference can you see him being from a skills perspective? I assume, as well, that he plays corner and they bump DMC back to safety.
- A) Does he lock down at least one WR for NE?
- B) Is he not lockdown, but the playmaker they desperately need back there?
- C) Is he just good, but the overall defense is improved by settling down the safety position at the same time via DMCs move?
- D) Is he merely competent? That is, marginal improvement at the position.
- E) He doesn't make a difference! TB cut bait for a skills reason!
nice query z,
i vote b.
and we see improvement only if we switch to mostly pres man.
using guys like dennard and talib in a soft zoen is a waste of tehm and a yield to offenses in a league that will eat up secondaries that arent aggressive. witness our record setting pace in plays given up over 20 yards (and we theoretically are playing conservative out of fear of getting burned?)
I don't know. Zone coverage is the best for creating turnovers.
I disagree with "press man" theory people are kicking around. All coverages have their places.
I mean, how many rad picks did Law get from off-man and off-zone.
You press when you need to disrupt timing. In it's own way, PRESS is more conservative. OR it is meant to throw off hot routes on blitzes.