From what we've done this far in the current season Earl is playing the single high safety on most of the plays, and obviously he's doing it real well as we hardly allow any deep passes this season (Welker's TD and Givens' reception for the Rams being the only ones off the top of my head), but I distinctly remember him being a huge force in run support last season and it has been missing. Did he play the single deep safety this much last season as well? because I think I saw him lining up right up on the line at times and blowing a lot of run plays right in the backfield which I have hardly seen from him this season. So is this a change of scheme thing?
One of the articles at field gulls mentioned him as not being a good tackler and something like "he's never going to be the Troy Polomalu type" which is exactly what I thought he was last season, which made me think whether it was just me being wrong or are we using him differently this season.