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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Someone mentioned this in another thread but could it work?.. Bulk him up a bit and move him to LB...good tackler and as a LB he would be pretty good in coverage...as a Safety he is lacking...could we solve 2 ...

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Old 01-22-2012, 07:38 AM   #1
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Roman Harper to lb?

Someone mentioned this in another thread but could it work?.. Bulk him up a bit and move him to LB...good tackler and as a LB he would be pretty good in coverage...as a Safety he is lacking...could we solve 2 problems with 1 move?...just a question to ponder as we watch another team claim our lombardi trophy
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:43 AM   #2
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Bulking him up and moving him to LB'er would make him incredibly slow. The reason why he's such an effective blitzer is because it's from the secondary. He's a strong safety and as far as I'm concerned, he's playing like one... and at a Pro Bowl level for several years already.
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:45 AM   #3
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"Bulking up" isn't easy for everyone. Harper may be maxed out at his current weight. Also, we all know that Harper is a speedster, but does he maintain that speed if he puts on the necessary weight? I don't know.

I like Harper, but I'm not sure he fits the scheme. It's up to the coaches and scouts to decide. If we could get, say, a third round pick and use that to bring in a quality replacement (Mark Barron or Markelle Martin).

I think it's time to move past the old labels of FS and SS. Coverage is so important now that it shouldn't be crazy to consider running with two "FSs."
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pass happy league means we need lots of coverage guys,,,just sayin
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:55 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by jcp026 View Post

I think it's time to move past the old labels of FS and SS. Coverage is so important now that it shouldn't be crazy to consider running with two "FSs."
That's actually very good point... can't believe I never thought about it like that.

With that said, does that mean neither Harper nor Jenkins would fit the scheme? Looking back at the '11 season, we're starting two SS's... not just Harper.
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:58 AM   #6
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Bulking him up I would say no, but in this new DC scheme Harper is the one I am having a hard time with trying to figure out how the new DC is going to play him can anyone help and explain this to me? All I come up with is a rover style and that doesn't fit!
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Why take a pro-bowl SS and try to move him to another position?

Lance Moore can't play TE anymore than Harper can play LB.
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:31 AM   #8
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The only defense that Roman Harper could truly excel in and not be a liability because of his very poor coverage skills would be a 46 defense (Bears/Ryan)...

Problem is we don't have the lineman to make the whole thing work...

Harper is like having a Corvette that can pull a heavy trailer or can run offroad but can beat an eCar in the 1/4 mile...
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Originally Posted by jeanpierre View Post
The only defense that Roman Harper could truly excel in and not be a liability because of his very poor coverage skills would be a 46 defense (Bears/Ryan)...

Problem is we don't have the lineman to make the whole thing work...

Harper is like having a Corvette that can pull a heavy trailer or can run offroad but can beat an eCar in the 1/4 mile...
He wasn't a liability in this defense.
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:07 AM   #10
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stupid move...

He was good because they would sneak him up to the line. He looked good because everyone sucked.

And when he is up at the line... our weakness... GIVING UP BIG PLAYS deep.

He is fine right wear he is just need retooling the D.
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