Originally posted by OnTheClock:I agree Haralson doesn't have the agility to play linebacker, that is why he should have been only a pass rushing DE in a scheme that is built for that.Originally posted by dj43:Originally posted by OnTheClock:I agree with all of these, but with one caveat: I would like to see what Rachal can do in a zone blocking scheme. That will be up to the new HC but I believe a better offensive scheme and better coaching could save this draft pick. Keep him around for TC and let the chips fall where they may.
Heitmann -- he was good for a while, but now he's got a broken left leg, right leg, and neck injury on his record here. It's time to upgrade.
Rachal -- I can't count how many times Chilo just looks bewildered out there, as if he has no clue what to do. Sometimes he really does just do nothing, and lets linemen run free at the QB. We cannot afford to have a new franchise QB with torn shoulders again.
Sims -- too old, it's over.
Norris -- see above.
Baas -- Two horrific, costly snaps this season; one for a safety, one into the dirt for a huge loss at a critical point in the game. Add concussion after concussion among other injuries, and it's time he leaves.
Clements -- Where the frick did your instincts go? When your safety is setting up to make a pick, why the EFF would you smash into the receiver like a straight-up imbecile? You never look back for the ball, you play 10-15 yards off of players far slower than you. Double moves beat you 99% of the time. You're entering your 12th season. It's time to go.
Goldson -- You can hit, but you can't cover, and when you miss.. you miss bad. We can't have that.
Haralson -- You should be traded to a 4-3 team. You're better just rushing off the edge for the brief burst you have. After that, you can't even run down a fullback. If you can, you'll just whiff on the tackle.
Carr - You suck. Nothing more needs to be said.
That's about right as far as a list.
Haralson is why the McCloughan strategy of drafting 'tweeners rarely works. PH had good pass rushing instincts but was considered too light to play DE in a 3-4. So either go 4-3 or don't draft him.
Haralson was actually the right size, 6-1 253, but he was slow as molasses in agility drills. The 49ers coached the guy at the Senior Bowl. I watched him in the practices struggling to move in space. No one should be so surprised he can't hack it at linebacker. You need to be decent in space to excel there.
As for Clements, another thought... If he wants to play 20 yards off the ball, then go line up at safety. Clearly you can't hack it in man coverage anymore, so just get in space. Take a pay cut and play SS or something, since that's just about all Clements is now, an in-the-box defender.
I wouldn't even want him at FS; I could still see him getting burnt or getting ridiculously stupid and easily avoidable PI calls.
There will be some interesting discussion that will happen concerning Clements after the new coach is named.