Scout Analysis: S Terrence Holt

The Chicago Bears are just beat up in the secondary heading into the Week 8 bye, but they made a move Wednesday by signing ex-Arizona and ex-Detroit S Terrence Holt. Bear Report consults with Cardinals expert Amberly Richardson and Lions expert Nate Caminata for some insider analysis.

S Terrence Holt (6-2, 208)

Strengths: Holt is a good tackler with good anticipation. His knack for finding the football, along with his good hands, is why the expectations were so high for him with the Cardinals. – AR

During his stay in Detroit at least, Holt gained a reputation as a playmaker on both the defense and special teams. Like Mike Brown, he has a knack for being around the ball at the appropriate time, which was underscored by his team-best three interceptions in 2006 while also leading the secondary with 77 tackles. He was considered a good "character guy" to have in the locker room. – NC

Weaknesses: Holt's major downfall is his lack of speed. He's never displayed foot speed and lacks quality range. In Arizona, he had a difficult time providing corners with help over the top. He's simply not suited for playing center field. – AR

Holt probably missed as many tackles as he made. One of the things that made him expendable in Detroit, the other being Daniel Bullocks, was his poor tackling technique, which infuriated head coach Rod Marinelli. It sometimes seemed that he would bounce off of running backs and tight ends, and he preferred to throw a shoulder or attempt an infamous arm tackle rather than sacrifice himself for the play. – NC

Richardson Says: As one of the top-five paid safeties in the league, he never lived up to his contract in Arizona. But he shouldn't be blamed for those expectations. He has too much of a liability to be a starter at free safety, but his experience and ability to play in limited space makes him a potential candidate in both the nickel and dime package.

S Terrence Holt
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Caminata Says: As was brought up previously, Holt was going to battle for playing time with Bullocks and Kenoy Kennedy, and Detroit could not justify re-signing him for 2007. Although Arizona evidently felt the same way and released him prior to this year, Holt is a league veteran that won't hurt the team by being out of place on the field. He is an average player and provides solid depth to a secondary, and he might come out of nowhere to make a play on occasion.

JC's Take: It really is a shame that Zack Bowman will have to enjoy his NFC Defensive Player of the Week award from the injured reserve list, as the rookie's season ended Wednesday because of a bicep tear he suffered Sunday against the Vikings. Holt was supposed to be a difference-making free agent signing for Arizona when he came over from the Lions, but he never lived up to expectations and fell out of favor quickly. While he's got the size to be a solid in-the-box defender against the run, his lack of speed won't help in coverage even though that's where the Bears need reinforcements right now.

It's difficult to imagine Holt being anything more than a special-teams contributor on this team, although his familiarity with the Cover 2 during his time in Detroit means he should be a quick study.

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