New England Patriots Commentary: Veteran Charles Woodson Would Be The Perfect Addition To Bill Belichick's Nickel Defense
Recently released veteran Charles Woodson would be the perfect addition to the New England Patriots Nickel defense. Head coach Bill Belichick is the ideal multiple-front defensive play caller to take advantage of Woodson's versatility.
The highly decorated defensive back is still a stellar performer at the age of 36. He would fill various roles in the Patriots hybrid, nickel schemes. One of Belichick's favourite fronts is a "Big Nickel" package.
This involves two linebackers and five defensive backs. One of those defensive backs is a hybrid player, expected to combine the attributes of a nickelback, safety and linebacker. Few players perform that combination as well as Woodson.
During his time with the Green Bay Packers, Woodson has been a dangerous weapon in defensive coordinator Dom Capers' zone-blitz schemes. Woodson has played all over the formation and been particularly useful in the slot.
Belichick currently lacks a versatile slot defender. Kyle Arrington lost his job as a starting corner and struggled to cope with the demands of playing in the slot. Woodson meanwhile, can blitz, and cover wideouts, tight ends and running backs.
Kansas City Chiefs News: Trading For Nick Foles Might Be Smartest Way For Andy Reid To Quickly Rebuild The Chiefs
New Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid could trade for his former Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback, Nick Foles. Both USA Today and NFL.com report that the Chiefs would interested if the Eagles opt to deal Foles.
The trade could be the smartest way for Reid to quickly rebuild the Chiefs. The franchise that went 2-14 in 2012, has many areas in need of repair. There are major issues along the offensive line and at wide receiver.
The defense is also soft against the run and the young secondary has taken several steps back since 2010. Fixing the quarterback position should be Reid's first job, but that shouldn't force him into using the first pick in the 2013 NFL draft on Geno Smith.
Neither Smith or his closest competitor, Ryan Nassib, are standout, first overall selections. Trading for Foles would free the Chiefs to use the draft's prime pick to strengthen along the trenches.
Every defense relies on its tackles. Whether it's a big body to plug gaps and stuff running lanes, or quick, hustling gap penetrators to create pressure. The 2013 NFL free-agent market offers both.
The top five is headlined by a rising young Chicago Bears star. He is joined by a journeyman who surprised many with a stellar campaign in 2012. Here are the best defensive tackles on the 2013 market.
5. Dwan Edwards, Carolina Panthers
Eight-year-veteran Dwan Edwards was a revelation for the Carolina Panthers in 2012. He keyed an impressive defensive revival with some outstanding play in the middle. Edwards' ability for disrupting the line of scrimmage and pressuring the pass pocket, was the key to the Panthers' 4-3 schemes.
The 6'3", 300-pounder logged 52 tackles and forced a fumble. More importantly, the 31-year-old managed to produce a career-high six sacks. Previously only a solid 3-4 end, Edwards flourished when moved to a more attacking, 3-technique role in a 4-3.
The Panthers should work hard to retain this key building block for their defensive front.
4. Chris Canty, New York Giants
It’s safe to say that the last thing the Baltimore Ravens needed was another distraction.
On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated broke a bombshell of a report detailing one of the latest product being used by athletes looking for an edge: a deer-antler spray containing the performance enhancer IGF-1 that is also available in pill form. Several prominent athletes were identified as users, but Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has to be the biggest name on the list. Lewis, who missed much of the season with a triceps injury and is retiring after the Super Bowl, has strongly denied the allegations and is set to play in the game on Sunday.
Jets Owner Woody Johnson Is About To Make the Biggest Mistake Since, Well... Since Trading for Tim Tebow
The New York Jets are coming off an incredibly disappointing season in which Rex Ryan’s crew finished with its worst record in his tenure as head coach. His 2009 hiring prompted an immediate revival of the franchise, as Ryan led the Jets to two back-to-back AFC Championship appearances in his first 2 years. Then, 2011 saw the team uncharacteristically regress to 8-8 before completely falling apart this last season, finishing 6-10.
It’s interesting, the way the Jets are handled in the media. It’s a team that has never had solid play at the quarterback position in this Rex Ryan era. Former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer (now with the Rams) did a very good job at coaching QB Mark Sanchez to make as few mistakes as possible, but he obviously bolted after 2011 because he might have seen the writing on the wall.