Agreed on D. Hall Dirty, but I am a firm believer you can't be a great CB without solid safety play. E. Robinson (ugh, I know he cost us the Super Bowl but still) made that backfield great in 98 and we haven't had anything like it since. D. Hall can't depend on Carp/Scott and therefore has had to adjust his play. With T.O. he used his speed to bump him off routes at the line because at that point he had faith in the Safety Postion but now he is backing off and giving up 10 yard throws for easy first downs. All you ever see of him is a flash-in at the end of the catch to knock a guy down or out of bounds. Also, his cushion is giving the WRs too much headspeed when they get to him for any chance at catching up. If you watched the critical 20+ yard PI on Hall yesterday in the 4th however, you saw he was doing everything right all by himself (head turned, hands up) and they still called it PI. Our defensive backfield is gunshy and running scared out there, and each is becoming an island which is a fast way to give up big plays and 300+ yards passing every game.
Deangelo has made some mistakes, but he is only a second year player and is covering the opposing teams best WR every week. TO, Darrell Jackson, Deion Branch (when healthy), are all very good wide outs in the league. I think that Deangelo is going to be a top corner in this league still. He is probably the surest tackler on our team and has been one of the only guys making plays in the secondary.
Brian Scott, on the other hand, needs to be benched. I would not be opposed to moving Ronnie Heard into the lineup to replace Scott. Carp is too much of a field general to pull off the field and is still capable of making some game changing plays.
I agree very strongly that losing Mathis and Cash were a much bigger loss than Hartwell. I was big on hartwell before this season, but he has looked like a flop for us. I hope that he comes around next season, but this season he was all hype and no action on the field. However, our run defense was never as good with Lavalais in the lineup instead of Ed Jasper.
I think that we need to pick up a CB, S, and DE in the draft to continue to build our depth on defense. Hopefully, Shropeshire can get some experience and get into the lineup over Lavalais because he cant stop the run to save his life...