Originally posted by trellblaze:
My dream scenario short term is that Whitner signs a dirt cheap contract to stay with us 1 more season. This won't happen but i feel that, given our roster vs salary cap circumstances, he is the best option we could have NEXT SEASON at the position.
Realistically, I say we use the stockpile of draft pics we have (and are still getting) to trade as high up as possible and pick the best DB (be it S or CB) available. No matter how you slice it, DB is going to be our biggest concern next season. If the DB we draft is not a S or has no shot at moving to the the S position, bring in the best available vet and hope for the best. Use the remaining picks to get even more DBs and perhaps an OL and WR. This is all assuming that we intend to re-sign Iupati. If he goes, this dramatically effects our draft strategy.
I have no problem with Whitner coming back but we simply can't afford him next season. The EZ problems can be adjusted for in many ways, some of which you've already suggested. You could also simply remove Whitner from the goal line defensive package.
Yeah you hit the nail on the head with this one...we ALL know Hitner's weaknesses (no, not going to call him Donte Whiffner after yesterday's game...LOL). But scheme is not suited to his strengths in the RZ in particular. Reid is so dynamic it's covering up some of this (despite giving up almost 300 yards to Palmer yesterday) but let me give you an example of what smart DC's and OC's do re: scheme to maximize their player's strengths and minimize their weaknesses. The Texans have one of the best WR's in the game in Andre Johnson...naturally, they line him up on Brock to start the game. Smart move...but Brock ball's out with 2 INT's and a pass defensed. What do the Texans then do? They move him over to Brown's side and exploit him. Smart move! The Patriots play the Saints and Graham is a nightmare matchup...so they take their best cover CB (taller) in Talib and place him on him ALL game long - results? 0 catches. THIS is smart football. What isn't smart football? On 3rd and 4 playing your CB's off 10-15 yards for simple pitch-and-catch first downs...and eventually, a 75 yard TD. Stupid. Nice to see Fangio adjust some and play more press AFTER the TD but come on, like Whitner in the RZ, how much more evidence do you need?
So to me, we can play with Whitner...he is NOT a bad player by any means. But scheme has to correct to maximize his strengths and honestly, I'm not 100% confident in the vanilla 3-4 Fangio runs right now. So THAT said, we should be looking for taller, more physical CB's to play press and another FS to play (SS) next year who has range and intelligence so it fits our vanilla scheme better esp. in the RZ. I've been b!tching for a real two-gap NT since we passed on Wilfork...twice...and here we are. The Cards ran right down our throats there. The difference in this game was that 89 yard, 9:30+ minute drive and TO's. I have to give Roman credit for learning from the Colts game that we grind it out with Gore/Hunter for the win (no, NOT a cold Dixon off the bench).