Re: Where are all the people who attacked my assessment of our cbs over the past 2 years, esp mcc and arring
posted at 9/28/2012 9:30 AM EDT
The DB's are a mixed bag and I don't put complete blame on them but they do deserve some responsibility. Here's my assessment so far:
McCourty - Closer to 10' then 11' so far but not up to his rookie year standards yet. A number of plays people blame on him were actually scheme based (ie zone where he passed to the S but the S was late to over the top coverage) or lack of a pass rush at times (no CB can hold for more then 5s). He's got some things to improve on but he is starting caliber CB, just not a top 10 CB this year, yet
Arrington - Arrington is what Arrington is. I said it before and will say it again. He's a bottom #2 CB or a very good #3 CB. As such he's going to get beat and get beat bad at times. Unlike McCourty you can't look at scheme or time as a factor as much with Arrington and what we've seen so far is what to expect. He's hit his ceiling and if looking for starting CB money next year he'll be gone
Moore - Has completely disappeared. Last year he showed a ton on promise and looked like he was improving but has taken a giant step backwards. Call it a sophmore slump but he needs to start improving quickly.
Ras - much like Moore has taken a step backwards but unlike Moore has shown flashes that his ability is still intact. BB using his as the slot CB shows a lot of faith in the kid seeing as most teams slot WR/TE are the 2nd target on the field now a days. If he can get over the hump I expect him to be the #2 starting CB by the end of the year. He's still got a ways to go before hitting his ceiling
Dennard - Dennard needs to get on the field. To me he's made some rook mistakes but his potential is much higher then Moores as shown in pre-season. It might take half a season for him to get reps but I think by the end of the year our 3 main CB's might be McCourty, Ras, and Dennard
Cole - #6 CB need I say more?
Chung - Chung has been one of the best on the field for the DB core people might laugh at me for this, considering many feel like he's been out of position, but between the DC using them as jumping jacks trying to disguise coverages and Chungs role as main TE coverage he's positioned himself nicely to keep plays infront of him while minimizing the TE. He's done very well so far
Gregory - hard to get a read on him. Sometimes he looks like a top 10 FS and at others he's completely out of position and late getting to the ball. He needs to be more consistent helping the undernether coverage by covering overtop. A number of the long passes last week were do to him being late in coverage or being out of position
Wilson - Needs to play more. The kid is better then practicully all of us thought coming out of the gate except for a select few. In his limited role he's excelled. I'm not sure he's ready to take a large leap to a more prominant role but he's certainly earned a consistent spot in nickel and dime coverages.
Ebner - is a project but has looked his part when in the box. He's still getting up to speed with the game and has a lot to learn but he's progressing. He should be improved enough to get sub package reps by the end of the year on rushing or short yard downs
All in all it's not a great DB core but I'd call them average to above average. What they really need is to get some help from the front 7. Last game Flacco could have made tea and knitted a scraf with the amount of time he had. No DB core is going to last long if the front 7 can't add pressure. Remember the D starts in the trenches and works out, not the other way around. As the DB core gels and improves, provided the front 7 gets some consistency in pressure, I expect them to be fine. Certainly not a top 5 secondary but I don't think it would be out of question that they could be a top 12 secondary