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I hate this. No he doesnt shut down a side of the field. He can shut down one guy, and he got torched for a td last week....
^ 2 recievers on his side, he can only stop 1
Don't be ridiculous. He can shut down the oppositions #1 WR. He has two years of gaudy proof to back that up. Nnamdi Asomugha only shuts down on side of the field (not technically, no, but he only cover's one side of the field 90% of the time). Revis tweeked his hammy and wasn't playing full speed. It was bound to happen. It is, after all, still Randy Moss. The last 2 years, Revis has dominated Moss. He's absolutely dominated him. He matches up against Moss on about 95% of the plays too.
2008 - Week 2 - 2 Catches, 22 Yards, 0 TDs (Long of 14 Yards) - Revis had 1 Pass Def.
2008 - Week 11 - 3 Catches, 26 Yards, 1 TDs (Long of 16 Yards) * Beat Ty Law for TD
That's why Revis is considered by many to be the best corner in the game. He doesn't sit there and cover the #2 or #3 or #4 WRs on a consistent basis. Revis lines up across from Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson, Chad Johnson, Terrell Owens, and every other #1 WR he faces. And he does it all day long. He allows the NY Jets to dictate the game. He single handedly takes away a teams #1 passing option. Whoever that may be.
With Oakland and Nnamdi Asomugha, the offense can dictate how they attack him. Opposing teams can stick their #2 or #3 option out there and he can take away that, but a teams #1 WR can still gash Chris Johnson, one of the worst CBs in the NFL because of Asomugha, all day long.
When Andre Johnson faces the Jets and Revis lines up across from him all day, he ends up with 4 catches for 35 yards and becomes a non factor. Very few CBs can do that, or are even asked to do that.
Charles Woodson is asked to do a lot, he cover's TEs, he blitzes probably more than any other CB in the NFL, plays all kinds of zone coverages and still manages to follow a teams #1 WR for a great majority of the game. And then, he creates turnovers and does a great job against the run.
These are complete CBs. Nnamdi Asomugha? Not so much. Could he do everything Woodson and Revis do? Probably, but Oakland is full of retards that play man coverage all day with a safety high. They are about as bland as any defensive team in the NFL.
APS, is just an idiot and made one stupid comment after another in this thread, and then bragged about making stupid comments in other threads and quoted himself to prove how stupid he is. That's a very rare kind of obliviousness.
If you take Polamalu away from that Steelers D, I guarantee they still produce at a very high level.
Fortunately, those of us who watched football last year have seen what happens when the Steelers don't have Polamalu. And we can all advise you, that no, the Steelers do not produce at a high level.
Polamalu has nothing on Revis.
Yeah, shut up. Just stop talking.
It's very hard to compare which player is better. Revis is one of the very best at his position and Polamalu is the best at his position. Polamalu does more than any other safety in the game. Also, his pass defense has now gotten better than his run defense. Most people might be weary of that, but he has improved that much over the last 4 years against the pass. He takes a terrible secondary and makes them really good. He takes a good defense and makes them elite.
A lot of people are saying, "You guys are forgetting about their front 7." No one is forgetting about their front 7. It's one of, if not, the best in all of football. I might take Dallas over Pittsburgh. Minnesota is up there as well, but that's about it. There's no debating that, but that doesn't hurt Polamalu. Without Polamalu, the Steelers don't have a weak secondary, they have a terrible one. Ike "Brick Hands" Taylor is probably a top 20 CB with Polamalu. Without him, he's terrible, and after thought on a terrible secondary. Bryant McFadden was one of the worst CBs in the NFL last year. Now, he almost tolerable. Ryan Clark is a good player, but merely average without Troy.
Like Ray Lewis, Polamalu just makes everyone around him better. He's still not 100% after his injury last year. Doesn't have the same burst and quickness he did. In 2008, there was not a defensive player better than him. 2009, he came out just as good, if not better. He was incredible. He's had 13 INTs & 26 Passes Defended in his last 23 games. He has developed into a complete player instead of the more one-dimensional heat seeking missile he was coming out of college. The guy is simply amazing. I've considered him to be the best defensive player in the NFL since 2008. His injury has set him back a little bit, but he's still in the discussion. Revis is among the elite defensive players as well.
Wow that quote from the other thread is so patently false it's laughable. Any Steeler fan that watches the team regularly will tell you that the defense has gotten better with Troy playing further away from the line of scrimmage. He had to do more when we were getting less pressure on the QB with our front seven. With Harrison and Woodley kicking ass he plays more coverage and our pass defense has improved tremendously. Troy has 12 picks in his last 23 games including 5 in his last 7.
Importance is hard to measure. I think though that a really good CB can give the D more predictability in how the offense plays, so if the style of the D is to dictate how the O plays them, a really good CB is probably more valuable. On the other hand, a really good S is probably going to do more statistical stuff because he's harder for an O to try and avoid. Stats don't mean more importance though - just more exposure. Really, if one D has a top S and one D has a top CB, both are probably as important as each other for their respective D's because that's how their D is built.
I do agree that the CB position is becomming less valuable as a whole though due to rule changes and what not. The elite few are exceptions, but these are getting harder to find so I think if I were building a D i'd probably try and go the top S route.