Clearly, I think very highly of defensive backs. This article and this publication would not exist if I didn’t. And like anyone with any sense who appreciates DBs, I think very highly of Charles Woodson, the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy winner who is retiring at the end of this season, his 18th as a professional.
But in response to a question that has been going around since Woodson announced his impending retirement on Dec. 21, I do not think Woodson is the greatest defensive player in NFL history. And that is primarily because he is a defensive back. Continue reading
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Going into the 2015 season, the competition for the title of NFL’s Best Cornerback seemed like a clear two-man race between Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis. But midway through the schedule, Josh Norman of the Carolina Panthers has surprisingly played his way into the discussion.
The hierarchy at safety was, and has been, less obvious and more inclusive. Earl Thomas, Eric Weddle, Harrison Smith, Kam Chancellor, Tyrann Mathieu and Devin McCourty were all realistic contenders for NFL’s Best Safety going into the season. And now, Reshad Jones has been added to the list. Continue reading
In his 10-year NFL career, Donovin Darius forced seven fumbles and recovered six from the strong safety position. For comparison’s sake, six-time Pro Bowl SS Tim McDonald forced 10 fumbles during his 13-year run, while eight-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Fame SS Troy Polamalu has six fumble recoveries in his 12 years in the league. In other words, Darius was the kind of opportunistic playmaker you want in the secondary. Continue reading