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Rouse Back At Safety - Brilliant Move

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Rouse Back At Safety - Brilliant Move

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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seekr's picture

I hated every minute of Woodson playing safety. I'm glad he still made the pro bowl in spite of the switch though.

dustybricks6's picture

Putting Charles Woodson at safety was the worst coaching decision of the season. Keeping Derrick Frost until week 12 was the worst GM decision.

Ron La Canne's picture

After fourteen weeks of telling us that mistakes were going to corrected, we have seen no progress. At the start of the season, I would have said MM wass a very good NFL coach abd could be depended on to make the right decisions when needed. It became apparent to me that I've over-estimated MM abilties.

It is painfully obvious that one of two things are wrong with MM. First, he's not a very good teaching coach. I still think he is, but it is getting harder and harder to take his side. The most likely scenario to me, TT is running all personnel decisons and MM has little or nothing to say about them Sanders is a buddy of TT and is allowed total control over the defense in concert with TT. Hence, MM's lack of credibility when speaking for defensive performance.

Just a theory, but something does not add up in the way the defense has failed miserably this year.

L.A.'s picture

I credit MM for doing something to try and fix the defense, even if it was the wrong move.

It was the wrong move for many reasons: Woodson was only a slight upgrade at SS and Williams was a bigger step down at CB. It made our defense worse.

Also, why in God's name would you move one of the smartest players and best cover guys and make him the run stopping safety? If you were going to do it, move Collins to SS and let Woodson play Eugene Robinson at FS. This would have upgraded both safety positions.

shoegal12's picture

Yeah, at this point I am not worried about Rouse. It is sorta nice not to stress about it. However, I still care about the remaining two games. . .unlike 57% of 'fans' who voted 'they don't care', when asked by JSoline if you would either be 'upset' or 'don't care' if the Pack lost to the Bears. What the heck, we can still play spoiler. . .oh wait, what's that? Oh yeah, then that means the Vikings are in. DAMN IT!!!

IPBprez's picture

My problem with the whole situation is - he's handled it exactly the opposite of how he has dealt with the Daryn Colledge experiment. Now, he's moving Colledge over to Tauscher's spot, for this last game - you watch Bootlegger get killed in the pocket and forced to run left. Curious how he's never given Allen Barbre the same opportunities. What's with that? In the preseason (twice now) I've watch Barbre show he plays with a chip on his shoulder - yet he never gets the call, even when 90% of Rodgers hurries are due to no talent at Left Guard. Colledge may be a big dude, but his decision skills are definitely suspect. Barbre has deserved a bigger chance and there's something political on this Coaching Staff I'm not liking .... Any of you?

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