I would expect a lot of focus on Bodden and the corner play by the media following this one. I certainly don't understand the timing of the release -- two days before a game, especially coming off the bye -- but I imagine there is more to why it happened that way.
The move was bound to have a negative impact simply because Bodden was getting at least a few practice reps over Molden and Adams during the course of the week. But I'll trust Belichick's evaluation of Bodden not fitting (or not wanting to fit) his role.
And while it doesn't look good when Molden is being replaced by Adams near the end of the game (seemingly performance, not injury, related), that wasn't the major issue.
The combination of Mayo being limited and asking Spikes to key and diagnose out of his drop 50 times in a single game is never ideal. He is far too reactionary in coverage and too slow to recover (of course, this can apply to Guyton as well). He'll make the tackle, but rarely the play in coverage. He's best when he is allowed to cause chaos around the line of scrimmage (like against the Cowboys), but the Steelers were able to dictate coverage with their spread formations.
Speaking of causing chaos at the line of scrimmage, Patrick Chung may be their best option in the so-called "star" role. However, the lack of depth at safety has really limited what they seem to be willing to do with Chung so far. He has his flaws in coverage as well but I think you could live with those in exchange for his physicality against tight ends in the slot, better than average ball skills and blitzing ability out of the star position -- these skills and his usage have been more or less neutered by the lack of another viable safety.
I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure Ihedigbo was replaced by Serge Brown (a healthy scratch last week). With the secondary personnel in flux, communication is going to be an ongoing issue as well. We've already seen Brown, Barrett and Ihedigbo start along side Chung. The safety situation is a mess that Belichick failed to address following the release of Sanders and Meriweather -- yes, mediocre quantities but sometimes known mediocre quantities are better than ... Josh Barrett.
Edited by nazz45, 30 October 2011 - 08:24 PM.