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  1. SeanBruschi54

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    I'm not thrilled, but what else are you going to do at this point?

    At least it keeps your best players on the field. And i think he could do a decent job. Suddenly not much depth at safety.

    I still want an OLB with the first rounder. If they have a poor pass rush next season you could have Deion Sanders and you'd be in trouble.
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    The key phrase here would be Shefter thinks... He's a mediot, not a football expert, and he has as few sources in Foxboro as anyone.
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    I'd be shocked...
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    Dumb. If he had the ability to play corner, that's what he would have played. Slow or old corners become safeties not the other way around.

    There was a very telling interview early or pre season where he expressed tremendous relief at being able to play safety again. He doesn't like it and he's not good at it.

    They will cross train him, but he his a safety, period.
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    I don't think they'll do that. Along those lines - at their pro days, Meriweather pretty much matched Hobbs on his 10, 20, 40 runs but was a good bit off on the Shuttle, 3 Cone and Jumps. He's not really a CB quality athlete.
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    I've seen corners become safeties and linebackers become safeties, but I can't recall a safety becoming a corner except maybe as an emergency injury replacement.

    Then again, this is a team that turned a wide receiver into a defensive back . . .
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    im not thrilled bout it either...

    he made great strides end of season at safety...it would almost be like evaporating his progress if he gets moved to CB now...

    also, i dont think we can have rodney be playing SS full time either, his skills are dimnishing, as much as i love the guy....

    therefore keep sanders and meriwhether at safety, with rodney subing in

    but if meriweather did go to cb, it would be gay's position, nickelback, coverin the 3rd WR....

    and we would either use law or rookie at asante's spot
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    Agreed completely.
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    Yeah, I mean it worked so well with Tebucky Jones.

    Or maybe he can play both positions, at the same time. Then we don't even need 11 defenders.
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    Who plays FS? I don't expect them to count on Harrison starting.
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    I just said this in another thread....

    Meriweather started at FS in the Super Bowl. That tells you something. He's going to be a beast as FS, his speed and range is perfect for the cover 3 zone. Playing him at CB would be a waste.
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    What do you mean?

    Harrison SS and Sanders FS are our starting safties at the moment.
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    At the moment.

    Next season could be quite different.
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    Troy Brown is going to be the starting cornerback next year.:rolleyes:
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    This adds to our discussion how?
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    What I mean is Harrison is limited in coverage, he got killed during the super bowl as well. It's time for the youth movement. Sanders can play SS, Merriweather with better hands is a pretty good FS. It's time to get faster. I bet they mix Harrison in with a lot of run formations, blitz packages. I really don't agree on counting on him to cover anymore and I bet the coaching staff doesn't either.
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    Sanders is truly a SS, he only played FS since Meriweather wasn't ready. If Meriweather was ready by the Super Bowl, he'll be ready for next year. IMO, playing Meriweather at FS is much, much preferable to playing Sanders there.
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    Except for the fact that Schefter is more often right than anyone else, and it's not even close. I never even consider a rumor to have an ounce of truth unless he reports it.
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    misdrection by BB?
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    But this was pure speculation on Schefter's part. Schefter is good at getting info re: contracts, deals, etc. This was just his opinion, and he's way off the mark.
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    I agree I'd hate to lose Meriweather's potential at safety. But I figured he was talking based on stuff he'd been told, considering his job is to report and not to tell us what his opinion is :D
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    And just last year traded for another WR who could play nickelback/dimeback. (Honestly, I've never seen anyone--with the possible exception of Bingo himself--flip the mental switch from offense to defense as quickly as Welker did when a pass intended for him was intercepted.)
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    I'll be disappointed in Meriweather if he doesn't beat out Sanders in camp next year. Sanders is OK but rarely does anything above average. And he has average at best speed which contributes to our incredible slow middle of the field when combined with Harrison and the aging ILB.
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    Whether he's pulling this out of his arse it needs to be considered that this may eventually be a possibility.
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    This is why Dom Capers was brought in, to fix the defensive backfield and add speed and youth.
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    Sanders is a natural SS.

    He's one of the surest tacklers on the defense, and I expect him to continue to improve as he builds confidence.
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    I agree. But a quick upgrade in the speed department:

    FREE SAFETY - Meriweather replaces Sanders
    STRONG SAFETY - Sanders reaplces Harrison

    Sanders just isn't a free safety and was only playing it as a stopgap until Meriweather's emergence.

    I really think Meriweather (FS) + Sanders (SS) is the perfect safety combo for our system for years to come. Harrison can be used situationally quite effectively next season as well.
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    If he replaces Harrison - whenever - that's fine but I would definitely prefer Harrison and Sanders to not be the two starting Safeties next year.
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    What about Hank Poteat?

    He is not a #1 or 2 CB, but is at least familiar with the system, good for depth.

    I hope the Jets pick him back up mainly because of his experience and he would be a cheap sighning.
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