How many times have we heard this statement over the years. Is it true? Can one fast guy really be a game changer? Look at history for an answer, ever hear about a track guy becoming an All-Pro? Willie Gualt ring any bells? Bob Hayes? Speed Kills is a known truth in football. It's great to have it for more than one reason.
Obviously, having a guy who can stretch the field with a vertical route is useful. Many times teams will actually use two players to cover one. Think that has an advantage? You bet it does. Early in the year all the hoopla about Moss and his talent requires double teams, a safety who is then occupied allows more advantage in the run game. Hells Bells we haven't even discussed throwin the ball to our speed guy. Can you say touchdowns? Those speedy guys get the ball and the next thing you know your team is scoring more points, and having more big plays. Wow, speed really does kill. I remember Chambers came in last year and stretched the field and our O got better.
Often overlooked is the great benefit a getting to practice against speed. Just think if our secondary was practicing against Fitz, Steve Smith Calvin Johnson or Miles Austin everyday how much improved they would be. Think that the o-line would be better pass protectors if Freeney or Ware was on the team? Remember how Haley says competition is how you develop your players?
Many, myself included, ponder the use of DMC. I believe on every series he should be in motion and sent deep at least once. We do not even have to throw the ball to him. Do you think he would rate a safety with the nickel corner? on a running play no less? It's fun to wonder what we do with Dex in the long run, but we still need a speedy deep threat opposite DBowe.
Ok, so we all know speed kills and we need a wr who has speed to burn. A guy who can stretch the field and make our secondary better, a guy who is capable of the big play. It's a no brainer, right? The next draft has a couple of burners in it so we might get one there. Maybe free agency lands us one. Maybe I am wrong and Matt cannot throw deep here like in NE so we don't need a deep threat. Maybe Scotty thinks it isn't a need. Who knows how he decides what to bring in. All I know is that I would like a speed guy on the outside. Go Chief's!!