- Feb 16, 2012
- Reaction score
Amazing that he can play in the NFL when his coaches never taught him to turn his head in college.
Unlike some of our frequent-posting resident tackling dummies, Sawvel understands the secondary. He builds them from the basics into NFL DBs. To discuss the why and the how of his development philosophy seems like it would fit into the concept of a discussion board, but it seems it's too advanced for some. It's like discussing solar panels with the Amish.
I don't think he had trouble not turning his head when playing safety. He got lost a bit at corner, but the Gophers' approach under Kill has been to have the corners play press coverage and it's difficult to be on an island.
I think Vereen is going to have a solid pro career. He's a very solid football player.
It usually takes some time during an NFL training camp for rookie safeties to transition to the pro game.
The speed on the field is electric, the complexity of the playbook takes a step forward and the physical demands put on the position create an enormous amount of stress against established, veteran talent in competitive situations.
For Bears rookie free safety Brock Vereen, that transition process is just getting started as the fourth-round pick continues to push for a starting job on Mel Tucker's defense.
"It's been chaos, to be honest," Vereen told me. "But I feel comfortable saying that's how it is supposed to be."
Vereen may be blunt in his early assessment of camp, but his 4.47-second speed, man-coverage skills, position versatility and range are the reasons the Bears see potential in the Minnesota product.