As a follow up to my earlier pump-up post on Brown and Bergeron, I thought I'd go ahead and put some more material up. Next two spotlights are on Goodwin and Monroe.
The two Texas speedsters have been hot and cold during their careers, both struggling to become consistent players in the offense. This year, with both players in their senior year, expectations are higher than ever.
More info after this jump:
What does pure speed get you? Well this.
Well that 60 yards didn't take very long, did it?
It seems, though that the two have struggled with "football" speed, Monroe notoriously struggling to see the field under GDGD despite his 9 ypc on average. Goodwin not practicing with the team during the summer due to his track participation might have been contributing to him having trouble getting separation from safeties on attempts down the field.
However, there is some hope under Harsin in 2012 that these two will become more effective contributors. We saw positive signs out of both of them in 2011. Harsin's tries with the long ball gave more action to Goodwin, and Monroe saw more playing time and lost his tendency to shy away from contact.
Both should be exciting to watch, especially attacking the edge with reverses and motion play when defenses over-commit to stopping Brown and Bergeron at the LOS. With either of these two on the field, teams have to respect them when they're in motion, otherwise they're likely to pay with a very quick 6 points.
With these two guys playing on offense, Team Speed is definitely one of our assets. They also will help give us one of the most dangerous kick returning squads in the country. We've got four legitimate kick return threats in Monroe, Goodwin, Thompson, and Diggs. So with their help I expect our offense should be playing with good field position most the year.
There you go, folks, only 45 more days to go.