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We're u watching the NFL this year? The 49ers secondary got ate up.
Wow. The point was missed by most. I still think that elite corners have high value but it is hard to argue with the point that Travis is making. The combination of the rules on pass coverage in NFL, the size of the freak athletes playing WR and TE in NFL, and the fact that the elite QBs only need a very small window to throw the ball makes playing DB the most difficult position in NFL. There is no doubt it devalues the position some. Watch the NFL. All defenses allow you to move the ball to 30 yard line with ease with hopes of making a play as the field gets more compact. It can be frustrating to watch after watching Alabama because we dont give up anything easy. However, it is the reality of the pro game.
i can remember less than a decade ago the nfl was desperately looking for ways to get scoring up and running backs still had a significant place in the game
Come on Travis you should know by now that if you don't post overally positive info about BAMA, then you get trashed on this board. I've said it before and thinks it's accurate....Bama has the most sensitive fan base in the country. Watch what happens when some media person makes a comment about Bama...good or bad. I mean we had fans calling up Lunginbil on the radio a few years ago telling him to "burn in hell" for putting Bama #3 in team rankings and not #1 and to this day people call him a "Barner" when he actually talks as positive about Bama as anyone.
What many Bama fans lack is objectivity. The closer you are to a situation the less objectivity you have...this applies to all aspects of life. Travis,if you would have come on here and said ****"Dee Miliner is the best corner back in the draft in the past 50 years and will instantly be a the best corner in the league." You would have gotten 250 up votes and mostly "you're exactly right Travis, great point, completely agree...." Now take the exact same player and put him on awbarn's team. Same player that most everyone agreed was already one of the best of all time and now he plays for our arch rival and you said "this guy shouldn't get drafted, he's over rated, not even a sec corner much less NFL" then you would have received the exact same reaction about the exact same player..."250 up votes and mostly "you're exactly right Travis, great point, completely agree...."
If ever there was a thread that displayed how ridiculous and meaningless the voting thing is, this is it. What is the point, really?
This is a board for discussion, you will never have a discussion where there is agreement on both sides and hence the discussion...if we all agreed with each other it would be no fun. If you are going to be negative or critical in your opinion, back it up with why and be as factual as possible as this lends itself to objective arguments without all this childish up toe/down vote crap that occurs when somebody gets their feelings hurt.
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Rules do favor offense, but I still think every team needs one good CB. I thought it was interesting that Dee compared himself to Champ Bailey during his combine interview. I definitely see the resemblance. Champ struggled like most CB's when first to the league and now has a HOF resume. I see Dee being the same long term prospect.
In regards of positional value, great CB's are rare IMO. Same with truly great WR's. Donte Stallworths, Devery Henderson's, and the entire 49's CB secondary are really a dime a dozen in regards to pure talent and easy to find. I think in today's NFL it goes:
Pass Rush (Regardless of position DE, OLB, etc.)
Protect the QB from the edge (Tackles)
Defend the Pass (CB's, LB's who can cover)
Defend the Run (DT's)
Skill Players (WR/RB) - unless exceptional like Julio/Trent
Interior OL - NFL QB's get rid of the ball fast; only for true running teams like Pittsburg may rate higher (eg. DeCastro pick in draft)
Wake up people! This isn't the NFL of even 10yrs. ago. The athletes are bigger & more freakish. & the rules are to help teams score points. So the owners keep putting asses in the seats. Do you think a coach like Chip Kelly would've been a coveted NFL coach in the old NFL? Hell no! & now you got coaching greats from all over the NFL. Bringing guys like him in to speed up their offense. It seems like the best defense is a good offense more & more these days. & that is taking place on all levels of football.
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Couldn't agree more.
Good stuff and I agree for the most part. Because of what the NFL has become, I do think WRs are separating themselves from RBs in terms of value and are already ahead of DTs. Don't get me wrong, though, I'd take Peterson over any WR out there.
Also you wanna know why rookie qb's look better & better these days? Being an elite at the position is only part of it. If these same qb's played under the same rules of the old NFL. They wouldn't be having as good of seasons. Any one remember Peyton Manning's rookie numbers? Also people said Cam would look awful as a rookie in the NFL. Well not when he has rules in place that help him play the position much easier these days. Combined with freakish athletic ability. Same with RG3. Much easier for a rookie to come in & put up solid numbers as a qb in the NFL these days.
I get a kick out of NFL announcers talking about the "tight window" quarterbacks have to fit the ball into. While it used to be true, the window is now the width of a sliding glass door (and getting wider). It's all about red zone defense. The end line is a defense's best friend.
Exactly...the qb has more room for error now as well imo. Which means when these guys come outta college. They can use the "gun slinger" approach while learning on the job.
Agree, if they breathe too hard on a WR it's a flag. Direction I'd take with defense is find a few CJ Mosely's to cover TE's and slot WR's from the LB position.
Yep downvotes and upvotes are most pointless thing on this site. To get upvoted just come on and say you have inside info we are getting a big recruit or auburn is getting looked into by NCAA. To get downvoted say something that is not completely pro bama
FWIW I agree with your logic but I think that I disagree with the OP because I think that this would been of those "exception" the years.
The reason is that, by most accounts, this is a down year for top end QB & WR talent, so if I were a team that had a much bigger need at CB than at either tackle or DE, I'd have to take a really long look at the extremely physical, 6'1" 200+ lb guy, who just ran in the neighborhood of a 4.3 40 & has been coached up by the Alabama coaching staff over the last 3 years, while proving capable of being able to excel at almost everything he's been asked to do during that stretch of time, especially when there is no clear cut number 2 guy in this year's draft class.
I agree that DB's have been neutralized, to a large extent, which obviously increases the risk of drafting one in the top 10 in most years. But when you see what the elite handful of lockdown CB's provide for a defense, it's hard to argue that the reward isn't equally as high if you land a guy withh kind of potential & he develops into just that.
All you have to do is look at the first half of the Patriots/Ravens AFC Championship Game, when both of the NE starting CB's were on the field, compared to the 2nd half when they weren't, to realize that there is still plenty of value in having solid CB's.
A solid pass rush. Will always make a secondary better. It still starts with getting after the qb. Esp. with all these rules in place.
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This post right here just nailed the everlasting gobstoppers of posts on BOL that drive most of us crazy. TR, bringing heat
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Since this thread is on the NFL, how they have changed the rules of the game, what positions carry the most value, and not Dee Milliner, there could have been a more appropriate title, like Thoughts On NFL Rules Affecting Positions....
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Top 10 Total Offense:
Ask New Orleans where a great offense, but absolutely zero defense will get you. You can show statistics for great defenses that didnt make playoffs, and I can do the same with great offenses, but you have to have a combination of both. The Ravens had a middle of the road offense and defense, and they won the Super Bowl.
You can't just look at season stats with playoff teams. The Ravens held the Colts to 9 and the Pats to 13 in the playoffs, and held their own with Denver (held PM to under 300 and picked him twice). So looking solely at the Ravens season stats on defense is a little misleading. They were a very good defense when they needed to be.
But TR is right, I can't tell you who played corner for them after Ledarius Webb got hurt, but I have heard that Ed Reed is pretty good.
Well, regardless of what the thread is titled, the OP is describing a phenomena that simply isn't happening. In fact, you could make a claim the reverse is true. In 2008, the first corner went off the board with the 20th pick. In 2009, the 14th pick. 2010 and 2011 would both see a corner taken in the top 10, and 2012 saw two corners taken in the top 10. Data doesn't support the claim that the NFL doesn't currently value corners as high as they used to.
I agree with your thoughts on it being a down year at QB and WR helping a guy like Milliner. Stated as much in this thread.
Point taken on the Pats' second half against the Ravens, but how do you explain the Ravens winning the Super Bowl with second-team corners on the field? They're important, but not the critical piece they used to be.
And that's why I think CJ would've been the top LB in this draft. He's what the LB position is all about in the NFL these days. The most important player in the Ravens' pass defense: LB Dannell Ellerbe. And he's about to get PAID. BTW, he was an undrafted free agent coming out of UGA in 2009.
Playing against a run-first option offense, perhaps?
Which is why the NFL is a sorry product that IMO is barely watchable. The "Brady" tuck rule, "in the grasp", incomplete pass because no "football move" was made, incomplete because the ground knocked the ball loose, etc etc etc. They are always changing the game in bad ways IMO.
As far as Milliner goes, I think he can adapt to the NFL game and will still be a really good corner. He certainly deserves a top 10 over Stephon Gilmore and James Joseph from USCe.
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