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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:01 pm    Post subject: Verner Makes HM on PFF MID AP Team, KW/DM Earn Spot On TOW Reply with quote

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Cornerbacks: Charles Tillman, CHI (+10.7) and Richard Sherman, SEA (+9.4)

The work Tillman was able to do on Calvin Johnson highlighted how underappreciated a cornerback he is. Meanwhile Optimus Prime, or Richard Sherman to give him his birth name, already has three picks and six pass break ups this year. No sophomore slump here.

Honorable Mentions: Antoine Winfield (MIN), Casey Hayward (GB) and Alterraun Verner (TEN)


--- https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/10/30/pff-mid-season-all-pro-team/2/

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Defensive Ends: Kamerion Wimbley, TEN (+4.8 ) and Derrick Morgan, TEN (+5.7)

There were some fantastic performances from duos this week, with a special nod to both Panthers pass rushers Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy who managed 13 quarterback disruptions between them. But the Titans scored 19 in a fierce display that had the Colts tackles sweating all day long.


--- https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/10/30/team-of-the-week-week-8/

But on a sad note, Mike Martin makes the "Had a bad day" team:

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Defensive Tackle: Mike Martin, TEN (-4.5) and Jonathan Babineaux (-3.8 )

Every since I went into overdrive praising Martin hes kind of stunk up the joint. This was as bad as hes looked since entering the league. In Philadelphia the Falcons tried to get creative with where they lined Babineaux up. The upshot, he looked a little out of sorts.


--- https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/10/30/had-a-bad-day-team-week-8/
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Verner deserves it. He's one of the best corners in the NFL in breaking on the ball and making plays in tight spaces. His only weakness is deep routes, because he doesn't have top end speed. He's the epitome of a zone corner- give him a piece of land to call his own, and he shuts it down.

I agree totally on Morgan and Wimbley- we had our best time of possession all year, and it gave them the chance to pin their ears back and really go to work. Luck was making plays by the barest of margins (the fact he succeeded so often is a testament to his abilities).

And yeah, Martin and the interior Oline were just getting dominated in the second half, unfortunately. They clearly weren't ready for the Colts to start running so many traps and pulls. Just bad game prep that we didn't expect that or switch up what we were doing (that's kind of on Gray tbh).
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ThatTitansFan wrote:
Verner deserves it. He's one of the best corners in the NFL in breaking on the ball and making plays in tight spaces. His only weakness is deep routes, because he doesn't have top end speed. He's the epitome of a zone corner- give him a piece of land to call his own, and he shuts it down.


This is what kinda frustrates me....

If we are going to play to our strengths let's be Tampa 2 hybrid....with some blitzing here and there draft accordingly.

Verner is a good zone CB.
McCourty can be a good zone CB.
We have a FS that could be a decent guy with the right people around him.

We just don't have an identity.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="KingTitan"][quote="ThatTitansFan"]Verner deserves it. He's one of the best corners in the NFL in breaking on the ball and making plays in tight spaces. His only weakness is deep routes, because he doesn't have top end speed. He's the epitome of a zone corner- give him a piece of land to call his own, and he shuts it down. [/quote]

This is what kinda frustrates me....

If we are going to play to our strengths let's be Tampa 2 hybrid....with some blitzing here and there draft accordingly.

Verner is a good zone CB.
McCourty can be a good zone CB.
We have a FS that could be a decent guy with the right people around him.

We just don't have an identity.[/quote]

We tried to by taking out Babs and putting in Rob Johnson. TBH MLB is the key to a tampa two- you have to have a guy that can stuff the run, but can also drop and play his zone perfectly. When McCarthy was healthy in the preseason, he could clearly do that. When he was injured, Spoon clearly couldn't. McCarthy's back and he was definitely an improvement in the run game, but he's slowed by his ankle and lack of conditioning from having to rest so long, so his coverage is pretty weak.

Wait until the bye week- I really think the defense will come together then. McCarthy back at full strength is the biggest piece of the puzzle for us to put it all together.

PS- this is why I won't be surprised if we take an MLB in the second to fourth round. McCarthy is the linchpin of our defense, which is great when he's healthy, because he's a beast. But without him, the whole system kind of falls apart. Defensive End depth, a backup MLB (if someone goes down on the outside, that would help a lot too), and a ballhawking safety are out needs.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been really happy with Derrick Morgan this year. He hasn't been a dominant pass rusher, but he's been incredible in playing the run and his pass rush has gotten better each week. He's finally starting to turn in to the guy we thought we'd get when we drafted him in the 1st round.
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