With me currently neck-deep in a film review of Ron Parker (safeties, especially single high free safeties, are tough to evaluate in a traditional sense) our time is limited. But I've made promises about semi-daily mailbags. And I'm a guy who keeps his promise 100% of the time he decides to keep those promises.
As always, feel free to shoot more questions to @RealMNchiefsfan. You've all done a wonderful job keeping this going. You're good people and I'd like to paint you if that's OK.
@RealMNchiefsfan @ArrowheadPride who leads the team in snaps taken at slot CB?— His Dirkness (@HisDirknesS) May 13, 2015
@RealMNchiefsfan @ArrowheadPride Can you break down the corner group? Who is best suited on the outside, who will play slot?— Caitlyn Todd (@CaitlynTodd) May 13, 2015
At THIS point, I don't plan on doing any more film reviews of our corners. The reason for this is that I've already looked at Phillip Gaines's film (here and here) and talked about what I think of him. I've also discussed Jamell Fleming (here) and Marcus Peters (here and here). I have NOT done an All-22 column on Sean Smith, but I don't think it's any secret he had a very good season last year as a highly physical press corner.
So this isn't the place for an extensive review. The links provided there will give you that (with everyone but our best corner, of course. I swear I'll get to that at some point. Unless I don't).
That said, I have an IDEA as to how corner is going to shake out this season if I'm totally right in my evaluation (which is... unlikely).
As you can see if you clicked on the articles about Phillip Gaines, he really impressed last season. He's physical in coverage, has fantastic hips (he can flip and run any direction. It's like he's gumby), has ridiculously long arms, and great top-end speed as well as quickness. It's a really rare combination. We'll see how his health holds up.
That said, Marcus Peters looks like a guy who could step onto the field and help out immediately in a press-happy defense like this one. He's highly talented and plays with an edge. We never know how a rookie will perform, though, so it's important to temper expectations to an extent.
IF I'm at all accurate with how I view these players, I see things going this way: Sean Smith and Phillip Gaines will be the "starting" corners on the outside. On downs where they bring in an extra corner (give or take half the snaps), Gaines will move inside and play slot corner while Peters comes onto the field to play outside opposite Smith.
Gaines has better quickness and more hip flexibility than Peters, which is why I believe he'd be able to slide inside without as many problems (that and he did it last year at times, and did it well). I have no doubt this will lead to people who don't pay close enough attention to claim Peters "took Gaines's job," but I anticipate Gaines to be on the field almost every snap. I think he's that talented.
One dark horse is Steven Nelson. He's got a nice skill set and (like Peters) plays with an attitude. In the event of an injury I believe he'll be the guy who plays nickel corner (Fleming is not a fit in the slot). I THINK the depth chart (if you think in order of "top dog") will be Smith, Gaines, Peters, Fleming, and Nelson.
And quite frankly, that's a corner group I'm very comfortable with. There's special potential in those top three to be something really, really uncomfortable to play (all three are wonderful pressing receivers and disrupting timing). It should be an exciting battle just to try and get on the field for the final two.
@RealMNchiefsfan @ArrowheadPride Do you think Brady's punishment is too harsh? What will be the fair punishment?— BDChiefsFan (@avikkhan) May 13, 2015
I'm back and forth on this whole Brady thing. On one hand, there's almost no doubt in my mind he cheated a little. On the other hand, that cheating didn't really have THAT big an effect on the outcome of the game. On the other hand, cheating is always wrong. On the OTHER hand, every team tries to gain a competitive advantage in some way.
The thing that gets me (and the reason I'm OK with the punishment) is the dishonesty. Brady just flat-out lied and refused to cooperate. As a prosecutor, I can absolutely promise you that if you're willing to just man up and admit you did something wrong, I'm pretty OK with leniency the vast majority of the time. If you lie to me, especially over and over? Not so much.
Had Brady just come out and said "I'll comment on it after the Super Bowl" and then just been all "yeah, I asked them to do it, or at least knew what was happening. It was stupid, even though I don't really agree with the rule. I'm sorry to blah blah blah etc." I don't think anyone would have cared.
But instead Brady has chosen to blatantly lie. And not even GOOD lies. "I was just checking up on the random equipment guy I claim to not really know at all." Good Lord, man. If you're going to lie, at least don't insult my intelligence. It's because of that I'm OK with him getting what he's gotten.
I think the WAY more interesting story here is how first Belichick and now Robert Kraft have essentially (after kinda / sorta posturing in Kraft's case) thrown Tom Terrific under the bus completely. Never has it been more clear that the Pats see players as assets. Tom is on his own. And if I were him I'd be more than a little irked. Nothing makes asinine lies more obvious than you being the last one hanging on to them.
@RealMNchiefsfan thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead— Countryboi567 (@Countryboi567) May 14, 2015
That about sums it up.
Here's the fun thing; as awesome as The Walking Dead is (and even the naysayers started to come around after a truly fantastic 5th season), it has some clear flaws in the casting and the way in which the storylines have been carried out (Season 2 being the best example of this). Also, the hyper-focused storyline on a very small part of Georgia (well, now they're close to D.C., but I digress) and a very small (relative to the world) group of survivors AFTER things went south has been frustrating for people that love them World War Z "the world is falling apart" stuff.
Fear The Walking Dead gets to address all that. They now understand (based on countless critiques from snobby elitists and everyday fans alike) exactly what people want to see; the step-by-step breakdown of society in the middle of a huge American city as a zombie apocalypse goes from "a few weird cases on the news" (h/t Shane for that quote. RIP Shane, you'd be thrilled to know Rick is just like you now) to a world in ruins.
The Walking Dead was said to be what happens when the credits roll in a zombie film. Fear The Walking Dead has a chance to be the world's longest zombie film. And yes, there's a difference.
I couldn't be more excited about Fear The Walking Dead and the doubtlessly awesome mailbag questions it will inspire. Let's do this again soon.