Re: Will Collins become the biggest X factor on D?
posted at 1/12/2014 12:49 PM EST
In response to 49Patriots' comment:
In response to kansaspatriot's comment:
Collins is better than Mayo. Faster and bigger
Collins was all over the field last night making plays i don't think Mayo could have made.
I was sold on the his interception.
Mayo is better against the run and Collins knows how to play every position hence why he's better in coverage, but Mayo is better.
Collins may be taller, but Mayo is bigger. They're both 250 pounds.
Actually, not to disagree, because I think Mayo a standout talent. But what's been so surprising is how well Collins has defended the run. He had two more TFLs last night, bringing his total to 4 in the last few weeks.
He graded out just slightly better against the run than Mayo on the season.
I think they are both great players: though much has to be seen from Collins in the way of consistency.
But last night was a coming out party (his first full game in terms of snaps all season) for Collins like we haven't seen in a while.
When was the last time a between the tackles linebacker took over a playoff game ike that? Tedy Bruschi 2004 against the Eagles?
They seem to have different strengths, but Collins looks like he is more athletic to me. And more instinctive, which is the key.
Mayo, he is the unquestioned intellectual leader of the defense at this point, and as reliable a defender over the middle as anyone in football.