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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by papz As an in the box SS, he does not suck at his position... in fact, he's above average at it. Now if you make him into a coverage safety and take away his position of strength, ...

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Old 02-27-2013, 11:40 AM   #21
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As an in the box SS, he does not suck at his position... in fact, he's above average at it. Now if you make him into a coverage safety and take away his position of strength, well then you have an average player.

It's like making a zone corner play bump and run. Asking a run stuffing NT to rush the passer. A scat back to run inbetween tackles. A pocket quarterback to start running. I'm sure you can get the picture.

While Harper may not fit the scheme anymore, he does not suck. There's a difference.
Wait, let me expound on why Harper 'sucks'.

You can't seriously sit here and say he is above average, can you? Mainly plays on blitzes and big hits within 7 yards of the LOS, which kind of makes his range a joke. There are 3-5 plays every week in which he's a total liability to the D and gets exposed. How many 7 million dollar players fit that bill? His best season came next to Sharper for a reason. We are paying him pro-bowl money to be a run stopper and blitzer, which he is better then average at, but not great. We all know he is one of the worst coverage safeties in the league. He's like the JERRY JONES of the Saints ...Horrible play = "I think I played pretty well today".

Are you ok with that?
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:41 AM   #22
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Yes he does.

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We all know he is one of the worst coverage safeties in the league.

Would you care to back that up with actual evidence, because someone here posted stats a year ago - maybe Danno - according to which Harper had performed pretty well in situations where he had to drop back.

The stats were from a site that requires a membership, so I can't look them up for you unfortunately.
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Would you care to back that up with actual evidence, because someone here posted stats a year ago - maybe Danno - according to which Harper had performed pretty well in situations where he had to drop back.

The stats were from a site that requires a membership, so I can't look them up for you unfortunately.
It was two years ago and I think Papz posted it. He was rated 3rd best DB in the NFL at covering TE's. Not 3rd best safety, but 3rd best DB.

He and Jenkins graded out very badly this past year, along with every member of our defense. Lofton, Vilma, Hawthorne, Robinson, and Greer ALL finished near dead last at their respective positions.

The only respectable grades were Bunkley (our best grade), Jordan and Galette. Everyone else was horrible.
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As an in the box SS, he does not suck at his position... in fact, he's above average at it. Now if you make him into a coverage safety and take away his position of strength, well then you have an average player.

It's like making a zone corner play bump and run. Asking a run stuffing NT to rush the passer. A scat back to run inbetween tackles. A pocket quarterback to start running. I'm sure you can get the picture.

While Harper may not fit the scheme anymore, he does not suck. There's a difference.
Perfectly said.
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IMHO it is very hard to argue that Harper is not horrible in coverage. His play doesn't merit his pay.Yes he does agreat job blitzing and is good in run support.I believe that at his number there are better options at his current price.
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IMHO it is very hard to argue that Harper is not horrible in coverage. His play doesn't merit his pay.Yes he does agreat job blitzing and is good in run support.I believe that at his number there are better options at his current price.

Yes, but is he really that bad or is it just a subjective thing caused by everybody saying that based on a few plays like the Seattle playoff game?
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Wait, let me expound on why Harper 'sucks'.

You can't seriously sit here and say he is above average, can you? Mainly plays on blitzes and big hits within 7 yards of the LOS, which kind of makes his range a joke. There are 3-5 plays every week in which he's a total liability to the D and gets exposed. How many 7 million dollar players fit that bill? His best season came next to Sharper for a reason. We are paying him pro-bowl money to be a run stopper and blitzer, which he is better then average at, but not great. We all know he is one of the worst coverage safeties in the league. He's like the JERRY JONES of the Saints ...Horrible play = "I think I played pretty well today".

Are you ok with that?
You clearly missed the boat regarding my comment. It was laid out pretty simple already.

You don't need my approval to have an opinion. Whether or not I'm okay with it is irrelevant.

It was two years ago and I think Papz posted it. He was rated 3rd best DB in the NFL at covering TE's. Not 3rd best safety, but 3rd best DB.
I think it was within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage or something like that... and the stat came from Profooball Focus. Which then lead us to this.

-He's a pretty good blitzer.
-He plays the run well.
-He's was solid in coverage in the box.

Well what do you know... in a scheme where he's being put in position to be what he is, he doesn't suck. Now if he's being put in position to cover downfield, he's average to below average.

Now this just sounds like a broken record.

Now let me get this clear, if we move on from Harper, I'd have no issues about it. Harper didn't fit Spag's scheme... he might not fit Ryan's either. But to say he flat out sucks, that just shows clear bias.
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Easy there fellow, no bias here. I just need to start watching him play through your glasses from here on out.
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No glasses needed... just apply some common sense.
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