Originally Posted by keyfro
guy346...gates maybe an above average TE but putting him in the same class as tony g, heap, and shocky i think is a little premature...the main point i was trying to get accross is that typically any type of DB, safty or corner, should be faster than a TE no matter what skill level...and that brown should have atleast been able to run with him on the routes...but most of the game gates had about three steps on our SS...which is just sad
I understood your point, but if Gates were an average TE he would be able to be covered by a LB. Gates is more of a recieving threat than most TEs. I listed him among the likes of Heap, Tony G, and Shocky because of they're all better recieving threats. You can even include guys like Billy Miller, Ricks, etc. that are all able to burn a LB in coverage. Coverage isn't soley about speed though, agility also plays a key role in it. Gates ran good routes, and Brown's liability is coverage. That is no secret, but it's not soley Brown's speed that makes him a liability in coverage. I believe someone noted earlier that Brown has a tendency to bite on play action, and the second he takes a false step towards the line it puts him at a disadvantage against any TE, FB, HB, WR etc. San Diego simply exploited Browns weakness, and I don't see how putting Earl, a rookie, in would help alleviate the problem. He would be in a similar position as Robinson, but would be without all the practice/training camp/ preseason reps that Robinson had. He'd be just as likely to bite on the PA as Brown early on, and he likely wouldn't show dividends until mid to late season at earliest. I think he'll supplant Brown by next season, but I don't want to push the panic button quite yet.