Let's say Peanut comes to camp ready to take over that #2CB slot. Putting Norman at #1, and Bene' in the slot. That is 3 pretty darn good CBs. How do we play it?
Conventional wisdom would dictate putting Norman on the #1WR, and let Peanut take the #2. As Josh has shown the ability to do well against good competition, this seems to make a lot of sense. If Peanut can hold his own. And if Bene' shows any growth, this would seem to be an ideal situation.
Now, even as good as this sounds. Players get beat, mistakes happen, and big plays are the results. Which means, we would still most likely have to keep both Safeties back on most plays. On most plays, 2 high Safeties would be over-kill, cuz Norman and Peanut will do their jobs well. But just for insurance sake, keeping both Safeties back just makes sense.
But...let's flip the script. Let's put Norman on the #2, and Peanut on the #1. We give Peanut Safety help over the top, and let Norman blanket his guy. This allows one of our Safeties to roam. He can blitz occasionally. Or he can cheat in coverage on Bene' or Peanut. Point being, With only 1 Safety deep, you can get creative with your schemes.
Best case; Norman can shut down most #2 WRs. And Peanut, with Safety help, should limit what a #1 can do. Making the need for 2 deep Safeties rather superfluous.
I know it sounds backwards to flip Norman and Peanut. I was just thinking it would give us more flexibility.
tl/dr version. Read it anyway you lazy potlicker.
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