So today McCarthy let it be known that Aaron Rouse will be the starting strong safety for Monday's game, presumably ending the dreadful "Charles Woodson At Safety" experiment.
McCarthy speaking about the move:
This is a great opportunity for him to step up...We look for him to be impactful, which he has been in spots, but it's the consistency of playing four quarters. That's going to be his challenge Monday night.
Oh really? You look for him to be impactful? Like taking a Peyton Manning pass back 99 yards for a touchdown? What's that? Oh, that's right - you're looking for 'consistency' for four quarters. You mean like when your Pro Bowl free safety got juked out of his shoe for a touchdown in New Orleans? Or when he bit hard on a pump fake EVEN THOUGH HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYING OVER THE TOP last week on the Jaguars' first touchdown? Rouse was demoted for his inconsistent play. Collins was...rewarded?
Look, has Rouse been a world beater? Hardly. Has he had some truly awful plays? Yes. But YOU LET HIM PLAY THROUGH IT. He'll either improve or prove he can't get the job done. You don't sit him down and put your best defensive player in for him out of position. And they wonder why the defense is having communication problems...
I didn't like the move when they made it and I hate it now. It smacks of the desperation that Sanders and McCarthy must have been feeling when they made it.
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