Originally posted by nannite:
Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
If someone got hurt, they would have to be 3-down guys, but right now they're just situational rushers (like Aldon was). Nobody has been a bigger fan of Haralson than me even since his days at Tenn, but the guy just doesn't make much of an impact when he's on the field. Now, I doubt he gets cut in favor of these two rooks, but then again, I didn't think Harbaugh would go with two rookie QBs to backup Smith last year either. Harbaugh is a gambler, so it's not out of the realm of possibility.
He kept two rookies at QB because there was no way of putting tolzien on the practice squad. It would be easy to stash either fleming or johnson on the PS (assuming they both dont turn out to be the second coming of LT during the pre-season).
Saying someone is a gambler says nothing about whether they are blatantly reckless or not. Harbaugh doesn't seem reckless, he seems cool and calculating actually. And cutting a player who played two thirds of the snaps for the leagues best defense just seems reckless. To keep 2 late round rookies as the only backups at olb seems reckless. Especially when you consider that no one knows how Aldon Smith will hold up as a full time starter over the course of a full season. Last season he was always rested and was never at much risk for injury because he never had to hold up against a run game. No one knows how he will hold up physically and whether being the starter will affect his ability to russ the passer on third downs.
So, we can stash one of the rookies on the PS; we can't use that salary to sign anyone good at this point; and if anything happens to Aldon's game, we suddenly become very vulnerable. It literally does us no harm by keeping him.
Cutting him is all downside and no upside.
I'm sorry, but you're not being realistic. Keeping 2 rookies (one undrafted and the other was in a pistol offense for 4 years) to back up Alex Smith was the HEIGHT of recklessness, yet Harbaugh did it because he truly felt Kap and Tolzien could step in and do the job. So if Fleming and Johnson prove in training camp and pre-season games that they can handle it, why would it be any different? I'm not saying it will or should happen (see my bolded quote above), but you're acting like it's unprecendented that JH would put his faith in 2 untested rookies to back up a critical spot.
You either have a short memory or aren't seeing that situation for what it really was...a HUGE risk that was mitigated by the fact that Harbaugh believed in his young players and wasn't afraid to keep them on the roster in favor of veterans. You say it's because Tolzien would've never made it through waivers....seriously? they could've picked up any veteran on the street to be the 3rd string backup to Smith and Kap and not batted an eye. Harbaugh wanted Tolzien on the ACTIVE roster because he believed in him.
And if Harbaugh believes in Cam and Fleming over Haralson, he'll go with the two young guys and let Haralson walk. If it happens, you'll call it reckless, I say it's just Harbaugh.
And if anything happens to Aldon's game (as you say), we're seriously f**ked and Parys Haralson isn't going to make much of a difference in that situation. That's just my opinion...having him around might make you and some other people feel better (that a veteran is there to step in), but it's just window-dressing at that point.