If it’s not Whitlock, then it’s mofo Teicher. This mindjob is now suggesting that our best young defensive player getting beaten out for a starting spot by an aging, possibly even washed-up, vet would be “good news.” From The Kansas City Star:
4. Color them Brown
It’s a good sign if veteran strong safety Mike Brown wins a starting job ahead of Bernard Pollard. It means the 31-year-old Brown can still make game-turning plays that he did for so many years with Chicago. Other than free safety Jarrad Page, who has shown the knack for making the big play at the right time, that element has long been missing from the Chiefs’ defense. If Brown does win the job, he might be the biggest immediate impact defender acquired by the Chiefs in the offseason, bigger than Tyson Jackson, Zach Thomas or Mike Vrabel.
Um, other than two Oakland games and one pick against Peyton Manning in the playoffs, when has Page really made that many huge plays? And was Teicher sleeping during all the turnovers Pollard was involved in last year. I really can’t wrap my mind around this one. Color them Brown? No, color you stupid.
I just don’t get it. There are a lot of fans, scouts and writers who swear by Pollard. I myself am a Pollard backer. Then there are those who act like dude’s a straight bum. Might as well be Jason Belser back there as far as they’re concerned. More often than not, those are the same people who put Jarrad Page on a pedestal.
Here’s my opinion. Page is a free safety who gets beat way too often on the pass. He also whiffs so often on tackles that I once stated about him, “the only place you’ll see a 44 miss that much is when a blind man goes to the shooting range.” Meanwhile, Pollard is more than adequate for a strong safety in pass coverage, especially considering our pass rush. He’s also a better tackler and stronger against the run.
Look, I like them both, but I definitely scratch my head when people act like Page is unquestionably the better player. What games have you folks been watchin’?
Anybody else agree that Teicher is nuts on this one?