I question Cary Williams's ball skills. Sure he has 5 picks this year but he had a grand total of 0 in his first 4 seasons. Perhaps, he has improved but I definitely don't want Carlos Rogers in DC 2.0. If he is SF Carlos Rogers 2.0, I'd give him another look. Keenan Lewis's lack of ball skills are why I don't want him.Glover Quin is an in-the-box SS.
But his specialty is pass coverage. Most would assume that an "in-the-box SS" would be there for primary run support, with negating abilities in coverage. Quin however can run support as well, but he stands out in pass coverage.
He's a hybrid player that is used like an old-school Rover, yet in a modern design for the Houston 3-4. He single covers TEs the vast majority of time in passing situations. He'll also press the Slot. He is "90%" of the time, in-the-box on any given snap, and it's been that way throughout the year. I say "90%" not as a specific calculation but to reiteration that after you've watched a good amount of tape on him, you understand his role. Use game rewind for any Houston game and you'll see the distinction needed to be made between his role at HOU and what folks are casually calling "FS."
His role is something that the Skins really don't apply currently, or have, to their scheme. People casually titling him a FS ... I guess haven't watched him play.
I'm not making a broad-based statement that he can't play FS, because he's very athletic and probably could, but his role currently is hybrid, "Nickel LB," or "Rover SS." And folks should know the distinction.
He's also a bigger name than people are making him out to be. He's not in the same conversation, level, as Kenny Phillips - - as some have made it to be (implication being he's middling or "on the cheap"). Nothing against Phillips.
Quin is a known name. He is very good at what he does and will command a pretty penny.
He's tops in terms of passes defended. At least for a safety he is. And I haven't looked at nor am I using any stats for reference ...
Actually just did a quick search ... Quin has 17 PDs on the year, regular and post-season combined. He's 2nd behind Ed Reed (18) for all of the Safeties league wide and rivals some of the top CBs too. There's not another SS who is near him in PDs, only the other Free Safeties seem to be able to rival him in PDs ... and that's just representative of the FS at large getting more action in the pass game as opposed to the SS. The safeties that are behind Reed and Quin, don't have near the same numbers (around 9 to 11 PDs). In fact league wide when you look at the stats, the next in line is Michael Huff at 13, who has been playing CB, not his usual FS, in Oakland.
So you see, he's doing something that few other safeties are doing, but it's especially poignant since he's single covering larger TEs and quick Slot receivers on SINGLE MAN.
When you watch him (Quin), you'll see just how tight his coverage can be. how physical he gets with guys who are much larger than he and you'll see the ball skills to disrupt the completion of a pass.
Quin is a known name.
I don't want Tracy Porter. He is constantly letting guys overtop, always giving steps. It's was like that in New Orleans and it's like that in Denver. Aside from a handful of highlight plays (actually I can only think of the Super Bowl INT), his average play to play is not that inspiring. Gives up more than he takes away. He's not all that.
Sam Shields is a Restricted Free Agent. RFAs don't change teams. It's cost effective for the Parent team to tender the player and even if a qualifying tender sheet is offered by a suitor team, the exchange of draft picks (compensation based on tender) really hinders any transactions in RFA - league wide.
Not a single RFA changed teams in 2011. To my knowledge, it was the same in 2012. In fact, I don't think any offer sheets were even handed out to any of the 42 RFAs, of 2012.
To my knowledge, no one has mentioned Cary Williams in here. He has already been covered in the comprehensive, Talib as well.
Cary Williams: like his ball skills, especially on deflections (tip-drill). In fact, a couple of his INTs this year were from deflected passes that he just corralled in. His length and anticipation also stand out. Part of the success has to be credited to the Baltimore D at large, but that's part and parcel with free agent acquisitions, incorporation or assimilating players from successful programs. FYI Williams has 19 PDs on the year, (5 INTs).