Originally Posted by thunderkyss
Thankfully we got Danieal Manning. He's not as good, imo, as either Woodson or Quin in the box. But he'll do fine if we get Reed to play center field. What might hurt, is having Demps play man. But if you've got KJax, Jjo, DMan, & Ed Reed in your backfield, you better be able to make it work with Demps/Keo.
If we get Woodson, then Manning plays center field, where he was much better than Quin, maybe a few notches below Reed in his prime, probably just as good as Reed now.
I've been down on Manning lately, but I've got to admit his flexibility is an asset in this situation.
Almost every play, Manning was creeping down into the box to compensate for no Cushing. He was helping with run support.
Gotta' keep that in proper context.
In 2011, Manning was all over the field...primarily deeper in coverage and making plays. But sometimes when one worker is out for a few months, you have to cover his job at the expense of your own if the boss says so. I really think Wade had to have Manning down low to compensate for losing our best instinctual LB, Cushing.
With a more instinctual Safety alongside Manning, and Cushing back, it might be the cure that Wade Phillips wants. For all we know, Gary and Rick and Wade are on the same page in terms of signing what they feel is a more savvy Safety and then having the chance to go after a player on offense in round 1.
Wade has the first round pick in both drafts he's been here for. At some point, Gary has to think he needs the chance to wrap up a WR or a TE that is higher talent (in theory) than the obligatory 3rd or 4th round TE or WR we normally take on draft day.
And, frankly, that could really screw up many teams' plans on draft day...thinking "Well, the Texans always go defense on round 1...that WR or that TE we want, he'll be there for us in round 2." So it sets up a chance for Gary and Rick to maybe steal a guy on offense. Just thinking out loud here. LOL.