Originally Posted by Sorter
The problem stems from Eric being assigned to play man-coverage in a LB spot in nearly/if not all of our passing downs. If he was allowed to get more looks as a safety in a 2 deep or even a lurk/robber look, I feel you'd see better results.
He doesn't need to be stuck playing man coverage. He simply isn't that good at it to be doing it on nearly 2/3 snaps per series.
He was a top five pick. As a safety.
He should be destroying guys in man coverage, especially with his athletic ability.
Right now, it looks like his college numbers were the effect of playing rogue in Monte Kiffin's Cover 2 versus his actual football instincts/capabilities.
He should have been Paul Krause. Right now, he's a really, really small Mike linebacker. That's a busted pick in my book and another shit bag Pioli first round pick.
He's the defensive equivilent of Baldwin. Supreme athletic gifts and just can't play the game (at least to the level his draft pick should dictate).