Originally posted by dtg_9er:Originally posted by kronik:I see your point and it has substance. If Whitner was better in coverage, a better wrap up tackler, a little younger, cheaper and smarter, I'd be for keeping him.
But I kind of see this off-season as an opportunity to solidify the safety position for the next decade. I envision a pair of INTER-CHANGEABLE safeties where both can excel against the pass or the run. This would make it incredibly difficult for opposing QB's to make the correct pre-snap reads. The niners can surprise opposing offenses with all kinds of schemes and surprises. Much like the versatile element in the 3-4 defense. That would take this defense to the next level imo.
Lets face it, we know what we had in Whitner. He's not going to get any better. If you re-watch the playoff games in the last 2 seasons, you will realize we won't be missing much if he's finally gone.
Agree with you and want to see two safeties capable of covering like CBs...and good against the run. If they can get that in the draft great! I'm not a big fan of Whitner, particularly due to his image with the refs. Seems like they flag him for really silly impacts.
By the way, have you seen the video on SFGate claiming the NFL rigged the Seattle game? One of the hits flagged in the Seattle game is when Reid (l believe) hit someone shoulder to shoulder. That may be a result of Goldson and Whitner creating a reputation that the niners will have to live down. Or it could be, as the video claimed, the NFL's desire to have Seattle in the Super Bowl...LOL!
Whitner was called on that hit.