So, Lawyer Milloy is gone. Want to know why? Peter King's got the details:
"3. I think if you want to know why the Atlanta Falcons whacked safety Lawyer Milloy on Sunday night, all you need to know is this: He was a gigantic pain in the rear end. Clubhouse lawyer, yakker, complainer. Totally not a Mike Smith, one-for-all, all-for-one guy." MMQB, Monday February 23, 2009.
Anyone heard anything more about this? I knew his on the field performance had declined, but did anyone know that he was a locker-room cancer too? I always thought he was one of those "fading veteran leadership presence" guys.
At the combine, we interviewed two possible replacements, Alabama S Rashad Johnson and Missouri S William Moore. Both project to be SS. If not them, the FA class is rather thin at the safety position. Ravens S Jim Leonhard would be an upgrade, as would (franchised) Rams S O. Atogwe.
I think we'd all prefer to Leonhard or Atogwe and use the high pick for a linebacker, but if none of those options pan out I have a couple other ideas I want to run by you guys.
1. Solve our possible glut of cornerbacks and our safety problem with one fell swoop: Move Von Hutchins back to free safety for the time being, and shift Erik Coleman over to SS.
2. Sign free-agent SS Gibril Wilson (the guy who hates your running back), and make him a run-down SS and use the aforementioned Coleman/Hutchins combo on obvious passing situations.
As an aside, I know Wilson isn't considered an elite safety by any stretch of the imagination, but he was 7th in the entire NFL with run plays with 87 (and best safety by far; runner-up was Milloy with 58), and his average stop was after only 4.7 yards (average is somewhere around 6.7-7 yards), so he could more than replace Lawyer Milloy's run-stopping production. Can he really be as bad as Milloy at covering the pass?
3. Make Thomas DeCoud the starter at FS/SS.
Any thoughts? These are obvious worst-case scenarios in my eyes, but are they really THAT bad?