Good stuff, Silver Bear and Rack....the only thing more entertaining than a Nors-generated, 500 post 'who-will-be-backup-QB' thread is a journeyman vs special teamer free saftey debate.
SB, I really don't want to interrupt your diatribe (always enjoy them) , but you seem to feel that Bill's prime criteria in the FS position is mistake free ball. Since he has been here, comments he has made overall on dbs would support that contention (if that is indeed what you are contending). I am referring to comments such as those made re Derek Ross, and the dog chasing a car style of playing defensive back.
But I think Tuna, if he trusts the player enough, does value a gambler at the position. When the rest of the secondary is up to par, he seems to have liked that icing-on-the-cake ball hawking type..as an example I give you (NE) one Willie "Big Play" Clay, a Tuna player in the Ray Buchanon mode. He also has played the rawest of car hunting dogs, (Kevin Williams in NY) and only benched them when they displayed poor tackling skills, not necessarily poor judgement, which you are going to get from any young player to some extent with that position.
I think the final decision depends more on the supporting cast than what either Reese or Davis do, unless of course, one plays absolutely lights out ball in camp. If Henry and T-New jive well, and Glenn able to spell either as well as play nickel, perhaps what Tuna will be looking for is more 'impact" than we could afford to gamble on last year. That dog who chases the car just might fit better.
And sure, Reese appears to give the last line of defense security, but the info you quoted mentions Reese is not that strong against the run. That's always the cardinal sin for Parcells
I have a question. The FS usually makes the defensive calls for the secondary. Has that been a strength of Reese's game?
Carry on, boys.