Originally posted by MadDog49er:
I just find it STUPID that the people who are furious about our OL target the best player on the line to bench. BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, I did say the word STUPID.
As for the "I'm done with Hymen"..........who the blank cares what YOU think. The team, scouts, coaches, players, the league seems to think he's pretty good...............so who cares what you think. Like your opinion matters to the guys who actually know what they are talking about.
Once again, this is one of these cases where a fan tosses his mind out the window due to a prejudice against a player, and no matter if God Almighty came down from heaven and declared the truth, this person would still put their head in the sand. I'm sure with every article stating that Heitmann had a good year, a consistent year, a solid performance in 2009, it must be like nails on a chalkboard.
The defense of this unintelligent form of thinking that nobody else connected to football believes....nothing. There is no argument, just name calling. Or...David Baas was a great center, in college, back 6 years ago...Once again, BRILLIANT!!!
The bottom line is that the people who do understand football, and don't base their player personnel decisions on some mindless bias, don't think Heitmann is a problem at all. In fact, I can't find one writer, coach, GM, scout, donkey, or waterboy to say he is a problem.
Bias bites! The truth hurts!!
No one said to bench him. We just think it may be worth a try to move him to Guard and give Baas a try at Center. Key word, "try".
Also, the fact is that the middle of our line performed like s**t and to blame the Guards and exclude the Center entirely is looking through some seriously filtered glasses. In general, most fans don't watch football to see men in tights. We watch football because it is a supreme strategy sport and we have enough understanding to know that the Center isn't flawless.
For example, did you predict Simms to excel above average at LT? No. The middle of our line needs to be dealt with and from Baas experience, he has been a Center and who knows, as Simms, that he just may be more comfortable at Center than at Guard.
The ability each possess fit better at the other position. Heittman is quicker and would make for a better Guard to pull. He was placed at Center by default when Newberry couldn't go anymore but he was a very good Guard. 2006 was this OL's best year and Heittman was NOT at Center. When he was moved to Center is when teams began blasting up the middle on us. Remember all the "run blitzes" teams started successfully doing to us at the start of 2007? Well, it hasn't stopped since Heittman became Center. I see a pattern.
I would rather see if we can have an above average Guard (EH) and average Center (DB) than what we had this year with crap Guard and mysteriously "it wasn't me" Center.
Both immediate sides of the Center were being blown back to the point where it looked like complete breakdowns in blocking. Right by the Center. So you're saying it was OK because Heittman does no wrong?