Originally Posted by InmanRoshi
Someone needs to inform the board about this nugget. I've long been told around here that safeties who hit hard and can play the run can't possibly defend the pass as well, and that it's "unfair" to ask them to do both. They laugh at the mere concept of "interchangeable" safeties, even though it's widely used around the league.
Which is odd, since these same people saw one of the best, Darren Woodson, do it for a decade.
Its not just the schemes that have changed in the TE/S dynamic, its the caliber of athlete. There are about twice to three times as many athletic TE's who run in the 4.5-4.6 range today than there were five years ago. The days of the limited, one dimensional strong safety are going away.
Add in that corners are limited in their contact with the receiver. That means the receivers can get off the line easier and get into the deeper patterns faster. That really puts a burden on a safety to be able to cover the whole field.