George Wilson replaced Jairus Byrd in the second quarter of last Sunday’s game and provided instant impact with a big interception in his own end zone to thwart a Cincinnati scoring threat. There’s been a lot of outside speculation that a lineup change could be afoot moving forward, but head coach Chan Gailey said that’s not happening.
Gailey addressed Byrd’s play and doesn’t believe the second-year safety is struggling.
“A lot is made of statistics and I don’t want to get too carried away with statistics,” said Gailey. “Last year the nine picks (that Byrd had) were an anomaly. That doesn’t normally happen to a guy right off the bat. It happened to him, and so now everybody sets the bar there and it’s almost not fair to him.
“He’s playing hard, he’s working. He’s getting better. He’s trying to understand exactly what we’re trying to get done each week. And we’re changing some things up. It’s not like we’re going out there and playing the same thing every week. We change stuff against different teams.
“So he doesn’t have the statistics he had last year, but he’s going to be a very good player and he’s going to be that for a very long time.”
That being said, Gailey also praised Wilson’s on field intelligence and ability to anticipate. It’s a position that bears watching the rest of the season.
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