Originally posted by SanFranFanfrmVa:
We let Constanzo walk because we couldn't afford to pay a special teams player only over a million dollars a year for multiple seasons. Constanzo is a very good special teams player but he has no versatility. He can't play safety and sometimes you have to make tough salary cap/personel decisions.
Yes but who did they replace him with. when you let someone, anyone walk,, you better have a plan to bring in someone who is as good or better than the person you just cut. i was fine thinking rock cartwright would be that man but they cut him and kept dixon who only sees the field as a back when its a blow out and in my opinion is slow as hell on special teams.people can pooh pooh this all they want but i tell you this is going to hurt us in a big game. They cut or traded good people and the people replacing them have failed in my opinion
They replaced him with Jenkins, LMJ, Williams... The team made the decision that talented youth was more important than STers who would never contribute outside of coverage units. This decision was reinforced by the rule changes to kickoffs. Now that only hardly any kickoffs get returned, the importance of the coverage unit is cut in half.
I'm sure they didn't anticipate it being this bad, but there actually was some logic behind it.
Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
Well maybe cutting Colin Jones and Blake Costanzo so we could keep tons of RB's, WR's, DL guys who never play wasn't such a good idea....
Yeah it was a stupid idea.
We may also need a new kicker.
Man our special teams was dominant last year. This year it sucks. Guys return it 70 yards every week. And we are missing FG's. We have even had return guys hurt. A huge strength I think has turned dramatically to weakness. Last year was Defense + Special Teams + great Coaching + don't turn it over. Somewhow I think we lost that formula. Our special teams does not put us in good positions this year.
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