Nate Allen was drafted as a cover safety. His Rookie year, he had 3 picks in his first 4 games. He played extremely well under the Sean McDermott (Jim Johnson) Blitz heavy offense. He is meant to be a coverage safety playing center field and breaking up the deep ball.
Kurt Coleman is a try hard safety. His heart and determination are bigger than his natural skill sets. I admire the tenacity and emotion he brings to the game but he bites hard on play action and is not very fast.
When Juan took over Def.....and adopted the wide 9...the idea was get home with the front 4 and play pass coverage. The problem was 2 fold..... 1. The middle was left open which requires the safeties to come down in the box and play more run Def leaving them susceptible to being beat deep. 2. Once teams learned to beat the Wide 9, they just had to push everyone outside.....it left all our D Backs having to cover much longer than they should.
I guess what i am looking at is, how NOW can our best cover safety be riding the pine replaced by a special teams ace that last game against the Redskins, whiffed ugly on at least 3 tackles with his head down. One would have been a 15 yard loss turned into a gain, one was a sideline tackle that was missed that went for a score, and at least one other. He was also beaten on the Corner route for a score.
Looking into next year, we are obviously NOT going to replace 4 safeties........ Is Nate Allen really 3rd on the depth chart or would you agree that he was just exploited in the wrong scheme?
My thoughts on Nate Allen are..... He is still a young Safety with a lot of potential. He has good speed, he is cerebral, and has ball skills. I think in the right scheme....he can excel. I think Coleman is a great back up safety and that Anderson should remain a special teams Ace.
What are your thoughts?