Despite all the zone coverage we played, there were several times a game where Clemons had man coverage on one of the teams' wideouts. It happened more often after Marshall went down, Wilson kept struggling and Clemons ended up taking the coverage on the slot WR.
We've always known that Clemons is solid. He's a great tackler with good speed. But he lacks the instincts to be a great FS. He doesn't screw up which is why he was ranked so high. But he doesn't take any risks either, and to be one of the top FS's you have to take risks.
Like I said, if he comes back then that's fine. But Coyle has been known for always getting solid Safety play. So I don't think we could possibly lose too much. Basically all Clemons did was play deep the entire season, he played some man coverage which I will gladly give him credit for. But do you seriously think we can't get another FS and tell him "All you have to do is play deep. Don't do anything else. We'll probably only have you cover someone twice a game so you'll be fine".
ok...easy. I know he worked with secondary in cincinnati but it doesn't mean he can make any random guy a top rated safety in the NFL by PFF. the guy has to have the talent and potential and you can't just say, with or without CC.
if its not broken, dont fix it. and if this case...its working better than any of us could have expected.