Anyone who thinks the stats are the telling issue regarding Harris versus Godrey really don't get it. They are the same people patting themselves on the back while they noted that Charles Johnson had a better year than Peppers.
Look I am all for Johnson and see him as the best defensive end we have by far, but he is no Julius Peppers. Guys like Peppers change the way you attack the defense, they are game changers.
Harris was the quarterback of the secondary. It just wasn't what he could do but how he made other guys better. He was a leader and someone who didn't like what the FO did and paid the price. You could see it whenever he came into the game. The defensive secondary played tougher and he could lay the lumber. Harris was smart and would make sure everyone was where they need to be. Lets be honest, Godfrey many times is out of position himself let alone able tell everyone else where to play. People who look at the defense and don't see anything different between 2010 versus 2009.,don't see the obvious. The difference wasn't the scheme but the personnel and experience. Guys like Peppers and Harris we couldn't replace. Godfrey is learning but he is no Chris Harris.
Of course the FO was way off in their estimation of how well or how badly many of the replacements would play compared to the vets they replaced,. But that is history.
Edited by panthers55, 06 March 2011 - 09:22 PM.