Originally posted by DarkKnight1680:
Originally posted by JamesGatz83:
Originally posted by DarkKnight1680:You still need to go to camp with 90 guys or so, so UFAs are still a part of the process. Sometimes they surprise you, and they are inexpensive.
As for whitner:
Donte Whitner's 8 TDs allowed in coverage was the most by any safety this season. Allowed 79.1% comp. and 128.5 QB rating.
Also, in the superbowl he gave up 5 completions including 2 TDS, on only 6 attempts his way.
He makes 3+ million and he can't cover. His biggest strength (stopping the run) isn't as useful on a team where the front 7 are terrific against the run. He needs to be replaced with a guy who is strong in coverage for this team to overcome their pass-defence woes.
We were one of the best teams in the league against the pass before Justin went down and our pass rush vanished.
So he's a liability among other solid players. The team numbers don't change his terrible individual play. Being bailed out by his pass rush only kept him from being even worse than those numbers. He's never been good in coverage, he makes a fair bit of money, and he's totally unnecessary on a team that is great against the run in the front 7. Cut him, get the cap space back, and employ a more coverage-oriented safety. I'm willing to give up a few extra yards on 1 or 2 run plays a game to have a safety who doesn't make every QB look like Aaron Rodgers having a career game.
I know it's just one play but.... I'm not keen on cutting the guy that knocked out that saints running back in the playoffs, not only stopping a sure TD but also causing a fumble that we recovered.
In my view, that hit set the tone for that game and drastically altered the momentum.
Since we've lost Goodson I'd like to know we have at least one guy back there that can drop the hammer and intimidate opposing players.