I know. Weird analogy but I couldn't think of a bettter analogy of a couple of guys that when toseed into each other's company made something far tanscending their standalone ability. In Payton and Ryan's case, it would have to be strategy. An ability to knock around ideas and, through the interaction, get a clearer view of the world of football. Where it's headed and what to do about it.
What I'm starting to sense is that, from the player choices they cooked up this year, they are really on a roll. Not just filling holes in the personnel and playbook but doing something really beyond that. Payton, I think, has always been known for choosing players pretty carefully. You can see it in what he says, right? Champ Bailey is the one that has me ruminating down this path more than any other, though there are a few other examples. I don't think the guy was chosen so much for his ability to play, which is nothing but fantastic but, also, because they are building from such a young group that they need some mentors. And, if there is one place they need mentors, it's in interceptions. Actually, both Byrd and Bailey fit the bill for this. Also, Jean-Baptiste, an exceptionally tall guy for the secondary in a time when trees, like Jimmy Graham, are beginning to sprout all over the place.
I just hope the offense can keep up! Now, is that a weird thing to say or what!??!?!