Originally Posted by killxswitch
Some would argue Jairus Byrd is that guy and that Thomas looks better because of the talent around him. What do you think Thomas does better that makes him the superior player?
I'm undecided on this subject so I really want to know.
Byrd is a hell of a FS and probably in the top 5 at the worst.
Thomas's range is just second to none. No one in the league plays the post better than Earl Thomas. I personally prefer that over anything else so to me Earl is the best.
He's not the greatest in run support, he's not as great as other in man coverage. But Earl has the best range in the league, plays the post better than any FS in the league, and can cover the slot better than any FS in the league.
For those reasons I like Thomas the best. Byrd is very good though. I can argue that Byrd plays the slot better than Thomas, but he doesnt play the post as well, although he's very good there as well. Probably better in man coverage vs TEs and run support as well.
But with Earl Thomas, I can play single high all game long and not worry about the deep ball. That's priceless bc it opens up the defense so much.