Safe Roster Spots
I've recently been quite amused by the number of "calls for heads" that have been posted recently. It is week five for crying out loud - who can really say who might emerge, mature, step up, have a come back, and so on, AS OF RIGHT NOW about next year.
Imagine the prognosticating ability that it would take to accurately predict who it would be worth making sure would be on the roster at the start of next season right now! It is likewise unlikely that anyone could really predict who will NOT be worth keeping.
If the goal is merely to provide a list of players who you think are playing well right now (or a list of who is playing badly), that I think is an interesting thing to talk about. My candidates appear below. If the goal is to really say who shouldn't make the team next year based on the information we have as of now, then I say that such a judgement has little basis and is largely unreliable.
Current solid performers:
Whitehead (playing out of position no less)
J. Bullocks (though little info is available)
I agree with your safe list Kool. But here is the problem with kinda blasting people for calling for heads, these are the same heads that have been called for for over two years now. The list of heads that needs to roll hasn't changed. So it's kinda unfair to make it seem as if this is a new regime and people are calling for heads. It's the same offenders. Once again though, I agree with your list, although I would add Brian Young. It's really not his fault he has no DT lined up next to him to allow him to do what he does best. And even with the knee, Deuce has gotta be on there simply cause his new contract makes him untradeable. Maybe this knee injury allows him to drop some additional weight and pick up some speed without losing too much power.
Unsafe roster spots:
Craft (yes I admit it!)
Basically the team really hasn't changed significantly from year to year with us. Besides draft picks, we really don't sign many significant free agents. So basically what I'm getting at is that we've practically put the same product on the field the past couple of years and look at our results. So I think it's time for a makeover if in fact we don't make it to the playoffs this year. It starts up top with Haslett and goes down from there. I think it's pretty fair for some, including myself, to want some changes around here.
I actually wasn't disagreeing with the "calling for heads" per se. What I was saying is that such behavior should be translated into assessments of those players right now - for example, "if the offseason started tomorrow, these are the guys who'd have no chance of making the roster", rather than "these guys have no chance of being good before a year from now." The former makes sense to me, the later seems way premature, even in light of historical arguments (which would have to be applied case by case).
I agree with your additions of Duece and Young.
Papz, I agree with your "got to go as of now list". I would give Boo another shot, and Meier, since I really know nothing of him. I would add to your list Cie Grant, Allen (can't beat Hodge for the starting spot), Gandy, and Loomis.
When you lose 52-3 and nobody looks like they had a clue, no one is safe.. depending on what changes are made esp. if a coaching change comes about...some players who are doing okay in the current system might not work with the new system...as well some players who aren't doing well now may flourish under a new system or new coach. I don't think anybody is safe. Right now every Saint needs to play like their job depends on their performance...On second thought that should be the norm and maybe that's the problem. Maybe some of these guys are way to comfortable with the idea that they are going to be the guy no matter what......hmmm Aaron?
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