Ed was more valueable than Ray. He played two spots at once.
Ed Reed played center field, or single high safety. However, because he was the only safety, he was also the defacto Right and Left fielder. He played the whole outfield. No assignment, a free safety. The result of this was that we had 10 players to defend every thing else. This season, we will have 9.
In the olde days, the QB was like a pitcher, in baseball. They put the ball in play. They scrambled, but for time, not yards. Hence, free safety was the defensive result of this decision. The QB was not guarded. That has changed.
The result of Reed leaving has restacked the deck. I now believe we now will play the Tampa Two. Two free safeties, if you will. Covering half of the field, each.
It may be we will play a two gap defense. The defensive lineman will attempt to pancake to OL
lined up across from him. Our huge investment in LB's may be a precursor to his. I don't believe
that Ngata and Suggs can be doubled teamed each play. If our three DL can occupy four OL on each play, somebody getting some sacks. I feel our LB's will be loaded with stats, if we can control the line of scrimmage on first down.
Second and long, we can turn the dogs loose.
We shall what Dean Pees can come up with. It will not be 2012 Reprise.