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Offline PackFanWithTwins  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 10:33:23 AM(UTC)
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Just some off the wall thinking.

One of the issues for our defense in coverage I believe is the loss of Collins. He had the speed to play sideline to sideline. Giving out CB confidence that they can play more aggressive off the line, trail coverage and know Nick would be there deep to help if needed. We don't have that anymore. If we want to protect the CB deep, we need 2 guys where Nick managed himself.

Now with the NFL rules today, having a hard hitting FS isn't that important. Because it ends up in penalties. Shields is the fastest guy we have, and he has shown his ability to close on plays. Often to bail himself out. I'm wondering how it would work having Sammy sitting in center field, it would again give us that sideline to sideline presence in the secondary for deep help to break up plays, or go for the ball and get picks.

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#2 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 10:39:31 AM(UTC)
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I think we'd have more speed with shields, but adjusting to a new position in the middle of the season without any obvious replacement for Shields doesn't make sense to me. Another thing Collins had was reliability - Unless I'm remembering things wrong, it was fairly rare that he'd blow coverage and be out of position.
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 10:44:24 AM(UTC)
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Nick Collins didn't blow many coverages because he wasn't really assigned to cover someone and was faster than everyone lol ... that's not a knock on Collins, it was a helluva an asset for the Packers.


Considering how much Sam Shields like to scope out the backfield, maybe being Safety would be a good thing for next season? I too don't think changing positions after 5 games when he's starting to come into his own is a wise decision. As for replacing Shields, easy, that guy Charles Woodson.
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 10:59:30 AM(UTC)
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McMillian's got speed. He's coming along pretty nicely.
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 11:01:13 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Zero2Cool Go to Quoted Post
Nick Collins didn't blow many coverages because he wasn't really assigned to cover someone and was faster than everyone lol ... that's not a knock on Collins, it was a helluva an asset for the Packers.


Considering how much Sam Shields like to scope out the backfield, maybe being Safety would be a good thing for next season? I too don't think changing positions after 5 games when he's starting to come into his own is a wise decision. As for replacing Shields, easy, that guy Charles Woodson.


In base defense, you restrict what you can do with Woodson a lot more by tying him to the cornerback position. That's not to say it would strictly be a bad thing though, Chuck can certainly do a lot for you as a CB. In nickel/dime, he'd be a corner anyways so if Woodson is going to be #2 (or #3, I forget which Shields is), who's going to take HIS spot? And that person's spot?
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#6 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 11:12:41 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Porforis Go to Quoted Post
In base defense, you restrict what you can do with Woodson a lot more by tying him to the cornerback position. That's not to say it would strictly be a bad thing though, Chuck can certainly do a lot for you as a CB. In nickel/dime, he'd be a corner anyways so if Woodson is going to be #2 (or #3, I forget which Shields is), who's going to take HIS spot? And that person's spot?


You're making this more difficult than it truly is, or I'm freaking missing the boat!

Current
LCB - Tramon Williams
RCB - Sam Shields

FS - Morgan Burnett
SS - Charles Woodson


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LCB - Tramon Williams
RCB - Charles Woodson

FS - Sam Shields
SS - Morgan Burnett



That is the end of the trickle down effect. The nickel back is still Casey Hayward and the dime back is still ... shit whoever it is.

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#7 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 11:42:58 AM(UTC)
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No.

Shields is a damn good coverage CB but an average at best tackler.
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 11:48:37 AM(UTC)
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Blah blah I'm a stupid idiot that spends 10 minutes writing an in-depth explanation then realizes I'm completely misreading things.
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 11:58:40 AM(UTC)
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Blah blah I'm a stupid idiot that spends 10 minutes writing an in-depth explanation then realizes I'm completely misreading things.


I've got about 21,000 examples of that myself.
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#10 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 12:04:49 PM(UTC)
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I've got about 21,000 examples of that myself.


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At least you're consistent.
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#11 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 12:24:30 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Zero2Cool Go to Quoted Post
You're making this more difficult than it truly is, or I'm freaking missing the boat!

Current
LCB - Tramon Williams
RCB - Sam Shields

FS - Morgan Burnett
SS - Charles Woodson


Proposed
LCB - Tramon Williams
RCB - Charles Woodson

FS - Sam Shields
SS - Morgan Burnett



That is the end of the trickle down effect. The nickel back is still Casey Hayward and the dime back is still ... shit whoever it is.



Davon House, hopefully.
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#12 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 12:30:35 PM(UTC)
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no.

I don't think Sheilds would be good in support of the run.

He really has shied away from making the tackle in the past. (He is doing better this year.)

Woodson does a pretty good job in his current role as jack of all trades but to line him up outside against speed all game long is a detriment to his current abilities.

It weakens the CB position. It could bring Bush on to the field sooner. I would rather see McMillian and Jennings see more playing time than Bush.

Shields would have to practically start all over on the learning curve as a safety. Granted he probably knows more about safety now than he did about CB when the Packers signed him but that isn't saying a whole lot.

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#13 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 2:27:23 PM(UTC)
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Woody's the slot corner. He's more suited there, because he's lost a step. Hayward is the backup slot guy. He's more suited there, because of his size. Bush is the third slot corner.

Williams, Shields and House can play the outside better than those other guys.

Then you have the S's.

I don't ever expect to see anyone as good as Nick Collins. He was the best I've ever seen.

But McMillian's got a TON of potential.
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#14 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 3:23:15 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: wpr Go to Quoted Post
no.

I don't think Sheilds would be good in support of the run.

He really has shied away from making the tackle in the past. (He is doing better this year.)

Woodson does a pretty good job in his current role as jack of all trades but to line him up outside against speed all game long is a detriment to his current abilities.

It weakens the CB position. It could bring Bush on to the field sooner. I would rather see McMillian and Jennings see more playing time than Bush.

Shields would have to practically start all over on the learning curve as a safety. Granted he probably knows more about safety now than he did about CB when the Packers signed him but that isn't saying a whole lot.


It would not weaken any position unless you think Shields is better than Woodson at CB.

Shields to S
Woodson to CB

The packages and everything stay the same.
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#15 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2012 3:51:00 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Zero2Cool Go to Quoted Post
It would not weaken any position unless you think Shields is better than Woodson at CB.

Shields to S
Woodson to CB

The packages and everything stay the same.


I'm not sure if it's really worth the discussion of moving guys to other starting position, as they do not play anything near the starting formation for most of the game. IIRC Woodson played only a few snaps as a real SS early in the game, other than that he was mostly lined up near the LOS. Not wondering at all about that as the Packers constantly played multiple DB sets throughout the game and McMillian/Jennings and Burnett did well back there. So why shift Woodson into the backfield if he can line up where he's best?
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