Saturday, June 29, 2013
Winfield starts with WIN
By AJ Mass
After nine years with the Minnesota Vikings, Antoine Winfield got blindsided by unexpectedly getting released by the team in March. Apparently, his old team didn't think that the 36-year-old had enough left in the tank to get the job done in the secondary going forward. I guess they didn't look at the stats.
Pro Football Focus, a website devoted to deep statistical analysis of the NFL has ranked the Top 10 Cornerbacks over the last five years of play and comes to the conclusion that Winfield is not only one of the best in the game against the pass, having not allowed a touchdown to be scored against him in three years, but is also so much better than the rest of the league at stopping the run it is "insane."
Winfield will take over the nickel cornerback job for the Seahawks, a task that seemed to overwhelm Marcus Trufant a bit when he tried it on for size last year. By adding yet another Pro Bowler to a defensive unit that already includes the quartet of Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, expect opposing teams to have a ton of trouble moving the ball against one of the best defenses in the league - if not the best of the entire NFL.