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This morning we bring to you Part 3 of our mini-series “Fixing the Saints” for the upcoming 2015 season; in which we have looked at the “gaping holes” on the roster that led directly to their disappointing 7-9 finish in 2014.

After looking at the Linebacker unit in Part 1 and the Offensive Line in Part 2, today’s article will look at the position that is one of the “pet peeves” of the entire Who Dat Nation: the #2 CB spot opposite of outstanding All-Pro caliber (though he’s never been chosen as such) cornerback and New Orleans native Keenan Lewis.

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Old 01-08-2015, 04:47 AM   #2
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Re: Fixing the Saints Part 3: Another Shut-Down Corner

Kareem Jackson is about the only thing going for the Texans secondary. i see them keep him around.

Byron Maxwell ? biding war? but the attitude from the sea hawks might be welcomed

Trae Waynes p really like but med evals have to ve good. mult leg injuries

Marcus Peters? bad boy Marcus hmm there in the second? take him lets see if the saints we serious about discipline

Kevin Johnson Wake Forest is the one i am still keeping an eye on

Quinten Rollins Miami of Ohio? want another project? anyone?
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One of the more overused phrases in the game's lexicon, there are maybe one, two "shutdown" cornerbacks in the league - just a rare athlete...

With other salary commitments, we just need really solid cornerbacks who will force passers to always be 'perfect' with throws...

Simply, need a solid cornerback that can pass defend, open-field tackle and actually catch the ball when opportunities arise...

We need a base pass rush, get a base package honest pass rush and lessen the burden on the secondary...
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The Jags have 2 CB that are FA that are coming into their own, I wouldn't mind getting them, young and up-coming, good hands with speed.
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The Jags have 2 CB that are FA that are coming into their own, I wouldn't mind getting them, young and up-coming, good hands with speed.
Exactly. "Shut down" corners are damn near impossible to find. These young guys have good technique, speed and very physical.
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One of the more overused phrases in the game's lexicon, there are maybe one, two "shutdown" cornerbacks in the league - just a rare athlete...
What I think you/we really want, instead of that one rare (and usually zillion-dollar) athlete, is something like what we had with Greer and Porter in '09 -- a tandem or group of guys, who work together, and are basically "shutdown" -- as a UNIT.

You have a "shutdown" corner -- people just throw to the other side. All day. See exhibit #24, Corey White.

I remember this vividly like it was yesterday. Somebody (I want to say it was AsylumGuido, but I can't be sure) was talking about this at the very end of the 2009 season or in the playoffs.

Basically, somebody posted a stat at the end of 2009, that said that: when Porter and Greer were on the field at the same time, in 2009, they played at Revis-like levels. BOTH of them out there, it was absolute shut down city, almost nothing got by. When one of them was injured or out, it dropped off pretty dramatically (such as the play in the Super Bowl when Usama Young came in for one play, and Manning burned him immediately for a TD). But for that period of time, Greer and Porter together on the field were essentially "shutdown" level, while neither of them individually had that same level of impressive stats or name-dropping legendary shutdown status. But the two of them together, that year, were elite and every bit as good or better than Revis at his best, by himself....this is really what we all cheered for so much that year.
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all we need is a solid #2 man cover corner. that is it. shut it down 75% of the works. right now we are at .. what ... 2% ?

opps had to edit 75% is a bit much that would require a pass rush which we did not have last year so lets go 50%

if the safeties can be freed up 50% of the time to support the run and cover the middle of the field this defense would greatly improve to say mid 20s at best. at the least get out of the 30s

Besides there is not a shut down corner on the FA list. Revis is the only one out there if the Pats do not keep him that fits that description.

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Re: Fixing the Saints Part 3: Another Shut-Down Corner

Keenan, as much as I love him, is definitely not a "shut down corner." Not many of those exist. Keenan is a bump-and-run physical guy. He's more like a Ronde Barber or Mike McKenzie type of player.

IMO what we need is a pure man cover cover. Something like Tracy Porter when he first came into the league. Doesn't have to be a "great" corner but somebody who can give you a different look on the other side of the field. P-Rob is this type of player but obviously had a rough season. We need somebody like that who can run with anybody on the field and do it all day long.

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What I think you/we really want, instead of that one rare (and usually zillion-dollar) athlete, is something like what we had with Greer and Porter in '09 -- a tandem or group of guys, who work together, and are basically "shutdown" -- as a UNIT.
Exactly. We were depending on White or Robinson to be that guy, and it didn't work out. But that doesn't mean it can't work out next year with some other player (or maybe even Baptiste).
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What I think you/we really want, instead of that one rare (and usually zillion-dollar) athlete, is something like what we had with Greer and Porter in '09 -- a tandem or group of guys, who work together, and are basically "shutdown" -- as a UNIT.

You have a "shutdown" corner -- people just throw to the other side. All day. See exhibit #24, Corey White.

I remember this vividly like it was yesterday. Somebody (I want to say it was AsylumGuido, but I can't be sure) was talking about this at the very end of the 2009 season or in the playoffs.

Basically, somebody posted a stat at the end of 2009, that said that: when Porter and Greer were on the field at the same time, in 2009, they played at Revis-like levels. BOTH of them out there, it was absolute shut down city, almost nothing got by. When one of them was injured or out, it dropped off pretty dramatically (such as the play in the Super Bowl when Usama Young came in for one play, and Manning burned him immediately for a TD). But for that period of time, Greer and Porter together on the field were essentially "shutdown" level, while neither of them individually had that same level of impressive stats or name-dropping legendary shutdown status. But the two of them together, that year, were elite and every bit as good or better than Revis at his best, by himself....this is really what we all cheered for so much that year.
In the regular season, Greer and Porter only allowed 1 TD against them combined

That was a play when Roddy white pushed Greer to the ground and PI wasn't called

Those two allowed our D to be massively flexible in blitzing.
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Re: Fixing the Saints Part 3: Another Shut-Down Corner

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What I think you/we really want, instead of that one rare (and usually zillion-dollar) athlete, is something like what we had with Greer and Porter in '09 -- a tandem or group of guys, who work together, and are basically "shutdown" -- as a UNIT.

You have a "shutdown" corner -- people just throw to the other side. All day. See exhibit #24, Corey White.

I remember this vividly like it was yesterday. Somebody (I want to say it was AsylumGuido, but I can't be sure) was talking about this at the very end of the 2009 season or in the playoffs.

Basically, somebody posted a stat at the end of 2009, that said that: when Porter and Greer were on the field at the same time, in 2009, they played at Revis-like levels. BOTH of them out there, it was absolute shut down city, almost nothing got by. When one of them was injured or out, it dropped off pretty dramatically (such as the play in the Super Bowl when Usama Young came in for one play, and Manning burned him immediately for a TD). But for that period of time, Greer and Porter together on the field were essentially "shutdown" level, while neither of them individually had that same level of impressive stats or name-dropping legendary shutdown status. But the two of them together, that year, were elite and every bit as good or better than Revis at his best, by himself....this is really what we all cheered for so much that year.
I agree with the premise, but it's important to remember the 2009 defense wasn't very good at a lot of things. The 09 defense ranked poorly in YPG and were easily passed on, there were 2 areas they excelled; turnovers and sacks.

Saying Greer and Porter were on Revis level even as a tandem isn't accurate.

We don't need a shut-down CB, we need a decent #2 that can hold his own 90% of the time.
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