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The Curious Case for Earl Thomas


This will be short and sweet, but I want to through a thought out for all of you to ponder.

 Was Gibril Wilson really, truly the reason this secondary was so poor last season? Yes, he played horribly at times, but was it all his fault? Was it partially the rookies? They can't play man, they're giving up chunk plays that they shouldn't be giving up, etc. etc.

So, was it? Yes. It was all his fault. But, for different reasons than we immediately think of.

Gibril Wilson was a horrible communicator with Yeremiah Bell. Reports last offseason confirmed it, and being a natural SS and having played the position as recently as 2008, it's not surprising.

As a FS with the Giants, he played in a 4-3. Not nearly as important a position in that scheme; not the center-fielder the 3-4 FS needs to be, and not the same as a communicator.

He just wasn't suited to be a 3-4 FS, and that's why he was complimented before being cut. It wasn't entirely his fault, this just isn't his position (scheme-wise or otherwise).

What's the solution? Earl Thomas. Intelligent, charismatic. The guy would be an instant improvement, not only because he is a ballhawk, but also because the dude can identify and direct better than most players in this draft. I would offer Reshad Jones as option 2 (rather than 1b, because Thomas is just better) because of his intelligence.

You just can't pass up on Thomas' all-around package.

 

Quick Hits:

- Dez Bryant is growing on me, and fast. I now believe the guy won't be there at 12, and have to believe that Miami is working on packaging Justin Smiley to actually be able to move up to grab him before anybody else.

- 1b. here is that if Bryant isn't here, we're trading with Dallas to move down. I think Bryant is that "x factor player" that we're waiting on the draft to gauge. Earl Thomas may be a part of that.

- 13 days until the draft.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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