drdiags wrote:I am not so sure how much the NFL scouts will change their model for DBs. If the coaches refuse to put them in schemes that play to their skill set I cannot see FO types beating the drum for this type of player in their war room. This is like Russell Wilson will force FO/Scouts to change how they evaluate QBs. The proof will be in the results.
I like Bucky's look at things with his scouting background. Just not sure the FO/Scout types are serious enough yet to get coaches to change their view on this trait.
You are correct about that. It takes a change in GM thinking. Last year, after we physically destroyed the Cowboys, Jerry changed his vision because his receivers were physically whipped by a secondary. Regardless of the actual outcome, Jerry hired Kiffen because of his connection to Pete and his promise that the Dallas D would resemble Seattle. Those were Kiffen's words last spring anyway, though it hasn't translated to the field there.
Jacksonville had the same thinking. The Jets already have that kind of personnel thinking, and that is probably why Idzik was considered a fit.
I don't think having big secondary players is some Pete inspired revolution, the revolutionary part is ONLY having those kind of players. Winfield was seen as a beastly little runstopper in Minnesota, but in Seattle he was just little. He stood out for his rare physical cornerback attitude there, here that attitude was mandatory to even be on the team in camp. And I think that is where Pete really changed the model. Have you ever seen a secondary where every single player was physical by nature? Long and tall is only part of the model.