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Old 07-23-2008, 10:35 AM   #16
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Re: Safeties will stay same as the end of 2007-08 season

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Well, I like what you have to say, but Landry has played SS his entire career, and the transition is more difficult then most of us realize. I know he played great at the end of the season, especially in the playoff game, and I really do hope I am wrong but I won't be suprised if Blache tinkers with this by midseason.
Yeah I have no idea why you'd be nervous about a "transition", because there is no transition. He played FS during that very stretch you mentioned and did quite well. Seems to me he already made the transition very effectively.
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Re: Safeties will stay same as the end of 2007-08 season

He seemed to make the transition fine last year. I think he can handle it.
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:57 AM   #18
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Um.....I told you so (as my own hand reaches to pat my own back).
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:59 AM   #19
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He seemed to make the transition fine last year. I think he can handle it.
And he played free safety in college, at least his senior season and was projected as a FS in this league. That said, he is also a terrific blitzer. He's just gotta stop hitting guys in the head.
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Re: Safeties will stay same as the end of 2007-08 season

I like Landry at FS but im not sold on doughty being SS. I think he is overatteed from what he did in 5 games. Hopefully Schweigert, Moore or Horton challenge him for the SS spot.
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Old 07-23-2008, 12:18 PM   #21
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I'm pretty confident in Doughty and he's actually one of the players I'm looking forward to seeing this year. He was solid last year and from all accounts he's worked his tail off this offseason.
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Old 07-23-2008, 01:08 PM   #22
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Of course, it's still going to be strange.. Unfortunately, we have to move on because it's part of life.. Don't get me wrong, I miss Sean greatly; I always thought of him everyday.. I watch clips of him often.. However, in order to help D get better, we have to move on.. And in some ways, I'm kind of surprised that Reed have not proven you enough? I mean, last few games - Reed played well (IMO).. However, not that great but good enough to help the defense hold the O down.. Granted, at his first game - he played terrible but that was when he played as FS.. But now LL and RD switched the positions, and it turned out to be good enough..
I thought Reed played OK. But he's now got that valuable playing experience plus a full off season so I expect good things from him this year. I know I'm rooting for him.
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:10 PM   #23
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I loved his range and he did seem to get more comfortable as the season wore on. One question, now that we have a pass rush, will we still line him up 30 yards off the ball?
Great question. Gregg Williams did that to take away the home run ball that plagued the D in 2006. I wouldn't mind seeing Blache move Landry closer to the line to better support the run while counting on the improved pass rush to take away big play opportunities.
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:25 PM   #24
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Plus, the FS is the guy who intercepts passes more often. With Jason Taylor and Andre Carter putting pressure on, I want Landry back there to run under the throws that guys like Eli and Romo will surely toss up there for grabs.
exactly. i like stuart as a contigency plan b/c of his starting experience, but i don't trust him as a full time starter. he gets burned too often by pump fakes and double moves.

for the record, so did landry and doughty last year. but they're young and showed they learned. stuart is in his fifth year and needs to get over that. having said that, though, he is talented and i don't doubt he will improve under jerry gray's guidance.
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:25 PM   #25
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Landry/Doughty easily had their worse game against Dallas (first one) last year. But they both showed steady improvement and by the end of the year I thought Doughty looked good enough to earn the job for this season. Nothing needs to be said about Landry because it's already been said, the kid impressed enough last season to know he was an excellent pick for us and he's going to be the future of that secondary.

I'm glad Blache made this move too, Doughty and Landry deserve to know this, especially Doughty. I look for him to continue to improve this season as well, he's only going to get better with more playing time. Schweigart is nice depth back there as well, but I hope one of the two starters don't get hurt because I don't have much confidence in him.
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Old 07-23-2008, 11:45 PM   #26
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And he played free safety in college, at least his senior season and was projected as a FS in this league. That said, he is also a terrific blitzer. He's just gotta stop hitting guys in the head.
Thank you!!! I kept reading that LL would somehow have to transition to FS - how can anybody forget what he did at LSU? The opposing teams wouldn't even throw deep against LSU because Landry was back there roaming at FS just waiting to pick off a pass. The guy will be an interception Hall of Famer.

I think Blache is showing faith in Doughty and it will pay off. He showed impressive instincts last year getting to the ball and taking good angles, which can make up for whatever speed he might lack. Plus, teammates have talked about his work ethic and his phenom strength. I think it was Cooley who said Reed might be the strongest guy on the team.
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Old 07-24-2008, 12:24 AM   #27
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This is the smart move, and the right one. Schweigert adds great depth, and Reed was solid after Sean passed away. What Reed lacks in speed and athleticism he mostly makes up for in toughness and smarts. Best case he develops into an unspectacular but reliable starter for us for a while. Given his son's medical situation and then having to fill in for our slain best player, you know he takes nothing for granted and is all in as far as heart is concerned. That says a lot. I'm pulling for him.
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:17 AM   #28
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Re: Safeties will stay same as the end of 2007-08 season

I'm happy to see this, Reed did a good job at replacing ST and all the pressures that came with it. I hope he has a terrific year.
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Re: Safeties will stay same as the end of 2007-08 season

Whatever you want to call it Reed did a good job when he got pushed into the starting lineup.
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Old 07-24-2008, 05:02 PM   #30
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Re: Safeties will stay same as the end of 2007-08 season

Reed was a stud last year to play on the high level he did when Taylor died. But i hope he wasn't playing over his head because with Plaxico and T.O. in our division he needs to keep playing good
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