Posted 17 May 2010 - 07:24 AM
I like that the Panthers will go with Martin and Godfrey as starting safeties.
I believe their reason for replacing Harris was so they could avoid teams getting mismatches on a slower SS, with a WR. As it was, whenever a team split out a fast RB, or slipped in a 3rd WR, unless the Panthers had brought in a nickle back, the FS (Godfrey) had to cover him, even if he had to switch sides with the SS. Now with Martin and Godfrey as the starting S's, they no longer have to shift to avoid mismatches, and can't be caught while switching up sides of the field.
This should be a great advantage (not having to make substitutions) when facing teams that run a no huddle offense.
I know LB's usually pick the RB's, but a LB running in the 4.6's can't cover a RB running a sub 4.4 beyond around 15-20 yards deep, without giving up a huge cushion. Now a S can cover him all the way, rather than picking him up from a LB on the back end, freeing that LB to pass rush, or defend the run.
The NFL is fast becoming a passing league and Harris was being considered a libility in that respect.Nice to see some added speed with our DB's.
Although Harris was a hard hitting safety, he lacked speed. So he couldn't hit or cover what he couldn't catch. ;-) I'm glad the Panthers are going with Godfrey and Martin as their starting safeties to improve overall speed and ball-hawking capability in the secondary, particularly on the deep routes. With the league favoring an increasingly high-scoring, passing game for offenses this move became necessary. These two are more interchangeable, have experience now and can cover more territory playing together.