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What About the Secondary?

I understand and agree with many of the excellent posts on the new defense. My concern is the ability of our Cover 2 trained secondary to handle the rest of the field. We are still looking at two 2nd round picks (Flowers and Pollard), a 5th rounder (Carr) and a 7th rounder (Paige) to take care of the rest of the field. I don’t think that Flowers or Carr can ever even approach Ashante Samuel nor do we have a Rodney Harrison in the secondary.

We might improve against the run provided Tank along with Edwards can handle over center but with Hali and Vrabel in the 3-4, I don’t think we can generate enough of a pass rush to protect our corners. I think that is why we are gambling on Washington. Flowers and Carr were somewhat protected in a Cover two; they won’t be now. BTW I don’t believe in the Cover Two, at least the bend don’t break version practiced by Herm, but I feel the transition for the corners could be as or even more challenging than that for Dorsey or DJ. I don’t have much faith in Hali or McBride in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 under so I will leave them out of the equation.

Pollard and Paige can hit when they connect but I don’t think either has the speed to contain big plays if we allow a five step quarterback drop. I don't think we would have recieved a 4th round pick for either or Pioli would have pulled the trigger. The jury is still out on Morgan.  Carl drafted players exclusively for the 4-3 and Herm's Cover Two. Any good NFL quarterback can pick apart a mediocre secondary absent a furious pash ruch. I am very surprised that we have not spent some free agent bucks on a veteran safety like a Rod Woodson of prior years or at least a cover corner.

I see this years version of the defense giving up 21 to 28 a game and I don’t feel that we have the wide receivers, offensive line, tight end or a pass catching running back to score that many points. I hope for the best and am glad about the new regime but it will take time.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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