He did a really nice job, very articulate, better that a lot of the bumbling people on the air today. certainly better than Hines already.
Bear in mind the setting, he AND Darren Woodson were both asked from their perspective as safeties, who are the best today.
Answered the question without homer bias while STILL implying Troy is the best when healthy.
This statement is misleading at best. Yes, when Troy initially went down, it DID affect the defense because they had to figure out how to play without him. But I think the secondary actually started to play better without Troy once they settled down.
Consider after the Titans games (first game Troy was out) there was not a single 200 yd passer until Troy returned. Someone said once that the defense tends to play more "disciplined" when Troy is not in the game. That may have been a factor in why they did so well without him.
I agree that the defense played very well without Troy as they were able to play 'their' positions vs. trying to adjust to what Troy was doing with his ad-libbing on plays. But, Troys return also was right when Ike went down and we had a rookie at CB.
I would suggest they switch roles, making Troy more of a traditional free safety. He has the hands and speed to make plays on the ball, let him do that all day long like Reed does.
The secondary benefit is that it may be good for his health.