Originally posted by SnakePlissken:
LOL this really shows you how worthless Pete Carroll is as a coach, they run a system similar to ours (not to detail, but it's also an option-WCO hybrid), yet they couldn't try this themselves, when their TEs are mediocre?
Seriously, these little details, this stuff is why we're gonna go to a dozen SBs under Harbaugh, while Pete might not even have a job in two years. Harbaugh knows what to do with players in his system on EVERY SIDE OF THE BALL, while Pete Carroll doesn't even know what to do with his own defense in a playoff game.
I'm not sure you can knock Pete Carroll lack of innovation. From the 6'3" & 6'4" corners that most people said were "too big" to play corner in the NFL, to 325 lb DE that people said was "too big to play DE in a 4-3," to converting a 7th round DT to a starting guard, to converting a college RB to LB, a legally deaf FB, to the QB that is too short. If anything Carroll has shown he's willing to think outside the box more than just about any other coach in the league.
The reality is Harper just became a number casualty in Seattle. While SF is pretty weak at WR until they get healthy, this move made sense for them, and could add him to the active roster. Moving Harper to TE in Seattle didn't make sense, as they already had to let an actual TE go that had looked very good in Sean McGrath (the Chiefs signed him away), and they're actually only carrying 2 on their roster to begin with.
It's too bad that Harper didn't show better in the preseason, cause I think he can be a pretty exciting player. He came in to camp with the rap on him being that he was fairly slow, and couldn't get a lot of separation, but was exteremely aggressive with making plays on balls in the air, and had good hands and great strength. Sort of like Joe Jurevicious.
While in Seattle, he validated his lack of separation, but showed next to nothing making plays on the ball, and showed pretty bad hands. Coupled with the fact that Kearse and Stephen Williams played out of their minds, there just wasn't room for him in Seattle. And he didn't show anything that indicated he is a player you have to make a spot for on the roster.