I get it. We all do. We all know the truth and get frustrated with the PC culture of talking players up to their potential.
But it works. If Belichick had talked about the "piece of crap" "immobile" "loser" 6th rounder that had to replace Bledsoe in 2001, Brady would probably have a completely different legacy. But Belichick is one of the best at talking to the media and saying the right things and avoiding saying the wrong things.
Head coaches are just playing their role. And unfortunately, they end up taking the blame for everything. @Jared Cisneros wants to blame Pagano for every shortcoming during his tenure in Indy, but you know what? Philly fans will do the same thing to Andy Reid for his tenure in Philly. He always had a great team, great talent, some of the greatest talent assembled in NFL history, but could never win the big one. Reid was close many times, but never achieved the ultimate goal. He was the Pagano of Philly. Then he goes to KC, and ends up EVENTUALLY winning the SB. Now he's talked about in the pantheon of great NFL head coaches. And he NEVER said anything about a single player even remotely close to what some of us say about our own players.
Not really. They drafted Willis last year, and he's definitely in the mold of Strong/Box safety. He got abused in coverage a lot. He was targeted 50% more than Hooker, yet only played about 75% of the snaps that Hooker did. QBs definitely picked on his side whenever possible. And in that, he gave up a 87% completion rate, while Hooker only gave up 65%. Geathers played a little less (snaps) than Willis due to injury, but he was only targeted about a 1/3 of the amount Willis was.
But sure, they want flexibility from a subset of the DBs they draft, but they also need guys with specific skill sets like Hooker. Nickel is really our base, and we play a fair amount of Dime too. So yes, they need flexible guys for the subpackages, who are also capable of specific positional depth.
Also keep in mind that Eberflus said last year that he wanted to play more Man D (more Cover 1), which would have allowed Hooker to play his more natural position. We never really saw that though (more Man), hence our Charmin soft zone most of the year. I'd guess we saw more soft zone simply because our O with JB was pretty mediocre. Now that we have a QB that's capable, and what should be an improved pass rush, perhaps Eberflus will call more Man.
This ish just made my day. With your permission, I'm going to use this going forward.
And there's probably way more than one grain of salt in Oscar Meyer Bologna. I think you get like 300% of your daily sodium in one serving of that ish (and any head coachs' nonsense as well).
This is easy answer. Arians constantly put down Winston last season. He threw all kinds of shade at him. I don’t think a coach has to put down a player though. Just watch they do. They consistently said Wilson was doing the right things and every week he was a healthy scratch.