Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Rob0729, Mar 22, 2008.
Take it for what it is worth:
http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/The Way We Hear It/default.htm
Also from Profootball Weekly:
http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/The Way We Hear It/Whispers/2008/whispers032208.htm
You heard it here first. They draft Dorsey and move Wilfork to corner.
Seriously, there isn't any basis for these articles except the musing of the author, right?
I'm guessing they use Jackson on kickoffs, but i don't have a column.
So they play him out of position? Makes sense to me...
between now and the draft, people need to stop predicting that meriweather is going to be a CB, lets see what we draft first then speculate after, the off season is young enough with this poor speculations
oh so Meriweather was unprepared and looked so lost that we played him more in the playoffs than hes played all year? i completely understand...not
That's a joke right? I clearly remember Meriweather laying multiple people out with big hits last year... and he looked pretty good in the playoffs, at Safety.
Edit: Also, he's a bigger hitter than Sanders, or Eugene Wilson ever was. So, I'll take that article with a grain of salt, and a laugh.
Maybe that's why the Pats and Vince aren't talking extension just yet. Vince wants CB money, not DT money
The author of that article is a pretty big hitter....on the hash pipe
You sir are out of your mind. V.Wilfork is much better suited to play FS than corner. Making that Meriweather move all the more logical.
WHOA! we should have seen this coming since his Hurricanes nickname was "Can't hit stick." Oh THAT'S RIGHT... it turns out he's been known for physical hitting since way back in college (er, a couple years ago,) and was an impressive physical presence when he was on the field last year.
I think the guy knew Meriweather isn't huge, and just threw in the random stuff about not hitting based on knowing he isn't huge.
Some clown in Indy probably said the same thing early on about Bob Sanders at one point or another. I know, I know, he ain't all that. Yet, anyway.
That said - one point he was drafted for was versatility. It's a blessing to have that when a weakness shows up elsewhere. But it's a mistake to confuse using that versatility with rating him a failure at safety.
Bad move if they do. Meriweather is a better saftey than corner.
Oh, so the Fernando Bryant signing doesn't factor in at all? We don't know who our top two corners are going to be yet.
Plus, I think Hobbs had to play further off of receivers because Sanders isn't the best option for over the top coverage. If Meriweather, with his speed, is behind Hobbs, I think that frees him up to be more aggressive on the curl and out routes.
I don't think it's a bad idea to draft a corner somewhere, but I don't think we're as bad off as this article thinks.
Exactly, I would say the exact opposite. The kid can hit but can't cover, his best position is safety. I would rather see Bryant, Lewis or Sanders start opposite Hobbs. If this is the case the starting CBs would definitely be in the bottom 3rd of the league.
Sanders, maybe. When Wilson was good, he was a beast. He had a ton of knockout hits his first 2 years. He got soft when Rodney got hurt.
...he switches too...
Merriweather hits hard, he just can't catch a ball to save his life. With Bryant in the fold, I think Merriweather might be the 1st safety off the bench and a nickel back.
We are going to be innovative on defense and put all of our linemen in coverage and put all of the backs up front.
I just hope that the Patriots organization listens to the people in this thread saying Merriweather is much better suited at safety.
I wouldn't want the Patriots to make a mistake or anything.
Exactly - the author, along with all of us, read the draft reviews from last year saying that Merriweather could play multiple positions in the secondary.
But we all know it took him nearly a full season to get comfortable at Safety, facing the ball. While I don't doubt BB might WANT him to develop further so he might provide depth at CB, I tend to doubt he's counting on that.
Still, everyone who thinks its a done deal that we'll draft a CB at #7 should keep in mind that even local reporters with actual sources have been getting word that the front office doesn't think they're as weak at CB as everyone else does.
Of course, leading up to the draft, you can't trust anyone anyone says.
That article did not seem like anything worth reading. It seems as if it is nothing but speculation. I feel VERY COMFORTABLE with Meriweather starting at the FS spot. He can provide a dynamic the Patriots haven't had in coverage for years. He wasn't known as "The Hit Stick" at Miami for nothing.
I get the feeling that profootballweekly's "source" is Patsinsider over on ESPN's messageboard.
I'm on the fence about this. The Pats have 4 safeties that are capable of starting (Rodney, Sanders, Meriweather, and Tank Williams) and only really need 3. I'm certain Tank Williams was signed as a back up; however, he is pretty good and I could easily see him being used as one of 2 deep safeties in formations where we are using Rodney as a rover to cover underneath. Rodney is going to start. He would have retired otherwise. Meanwhile we have Sanders and Meriweather, both of whom have earned a starting spot IMO yet not enough places to start them. I think the Tank Williams signing indicates that we are at least contemplating switching someone's position. Meriweather is the most athletic of the bunch and thus he seems like the logical choice to switch.
PFW's source is probrably Heinz.
I don't doubt that it's crossed the coaches minds to move Meriweather, but they talk like he was and will be an absolute faliure at safety, leading to this "move". He wasn't and, he won't be.
i haven't seen it mentioned much on here but Meriweather absolutely destroyed one of the Chargers receivers in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game. He can hit. Now if he just starts catching the ball he'll be an impact player.
What a stupid article, a misleading message thread title.
Meriweather is a big hitter, it was one of his prime characteristics in all the draft previews last spring, and when he got the chance to play I think he lived up to that billing.
The Pats will find corners, either via the draft or through scouring the trade market and FA lists. I don't believe for a minute that Meriweather will be changing positions this season, just as he's starting to get comfortable in the safety slot.
Tank Williams hasn't done much since his injury. I hope he turns his career around in NE, but at this point he's a question mark to even make the roster. Also, Tank is a SS, who's skill set is more similar to Rodney's. So, I don't know that Rodney and Tank would be on the field at the same time very often.
I'd personally like to see Meriweather playing FS, with Rodney and Sanders rotating at SS. You could have all three on the field at once, with Rodney in the box, and Sanders back in coverage with Meriweather. I will say that Meriweather has some slot CB ability, but he obviously likes playing Safety a lot more.
Wilson got "soft" NOT when Rodney was hurt, but when he broke his arm in the SB while trying to lay someone out.
I think it was also related to tearing a groin muscle in the SB and was out for a while the next season. What ever it was it happened starting the year after the SB with Carolina. At least thats the way it seems to me.
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