The Official Flogging Chris Conte Thread.............

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    I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat after having a nightmare wherein Conte is in the starting lineup again this season. I fear it will get even worse if we go through the draft without drafting a safety in the first couple rounds. Is Emery that crazy? I hope not, but....
     
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    My take on this is Conte is a below average safety & probably always will be. I don't have any hate for the guy, I just think for this defense to be a top 10 defense we have to have better play from both safety positions. If Conte ends up our starting FS I'll be disappointed we didn't improve at the position & hoping I'm wrong about him. I could see him being the backup & a pretty good STs guy but that's about it. I also agree with others that say since he is under contract you let him compete for a spot on the team & until you get a better FS you keep him around.

    So, who do we draft to improve the position. I think most of us would agree that Dix & Pryor are the top FS in the draft, but to get either one of them we would have to use our first pick. Maybe Ward would be there for us in rd 2, maybe he won't. I tend to think he won't but due to his injury status he might fall a bit. But IMHO I think there are several safeties in this draft that would be available in rds 2-5 that would be an upgrade at safety. Below are a few in no particular order.

    Deone Bucannon - Washington St - This guy had 6 INTs last year & 15 overall. He's a big hitter that caused 3 fumbles last year & 7 overall. I like safeties who create TOs & he's proven in that area.



    Craig Loston - LSU - He's big & fast. Great athlete. Goods hands for the INT & he will take your head off. When I watch his highlight reel he reminds me a lot of Dix & for all we know he might end up better with more experience.



    Ahmad Dixon - Baylor - Talk about a hitter. He hits like a LB but also has very good instincts for safety. Best position will probably end up being SS but we could use an enforcer & the kid runs well so maybe he can play both.



    Lamarcus Joyner - FSU - Can play safety or corner. He's an explosive hitter for his size with good instincts & a real good blitzer. He might be a bit smaller than ideal but the kid has a thick build to him. Could probably play anywhere in the secondary.



    Terrance Brooks - FSU - Another good athlete from FSU who can play safety or corner who can hit & is a fluid runner. Kind of a natural centerfielder.



    Ed Reynolds - Stanford - Big safety who is not super fast or overly athletic but reads QBs well & is rarely out of position. Kinda reminds me of old #30, Mike Brown.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyFc1S6kdtI

    Kenny Ladler - Vandy - Another instintive safety who always seems to be in position & causes turnovers. Most things I've read about his kid says he's a good hitter but to me i\he looked very inconsistent in that area on tape.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9x6p-_qLlI

    So these a just a few that I think would be an upgrade over what we have at safety, not just Conte. Some are slotted as SS & some FS by the "Draft Experts" but all are playmakers & I think can play either.
     
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    Ok, I should catch flak for this but Conte will not be replaced this year. If you understand how defense works then you should understand how absurd it is that he was being put into a position to make open field tackles ON HBs. It's absurd that he finished 3rd in tackles, the real blame was what the hell was going on in front of him. Is he an all-star? No. But if you think he has hit his ceiling before playing out his rookie deal your wrong. He deserves a chance this TC to battle for his job. He is a guy who with a better unit COULD surprise us. Will he be a solid starter? Maybe, maybe not but if you seriously want a young guy with 40 starts cut your making an emotionally influenced statement over one play.
     
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    I dunno Grizz, I have no problem letting him compete for the job but never been that impressed with him. Throw last yr out, Cover 2 you are not suppose to be beaten deep. I did not look up stats but seems good QB's always beat us. They always get that one over the top and we are always one play away. Last yr it was in front of him. I do not care about the live ball on the field and Pepp missing the tackle. The point is he had to make the play then and he has had many other chances to make the play over the top and he doesnt on a consistent basis. If we have to go with him I am a Bear first and will cheer like hell, but I wont cry if he is on the bench.
     
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    Let's see.......you gotta be on the red team right? :rofl2:
     
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    Oh no, it's Conte... :D
     
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    We'll just make a continuous loop of that last Packer game OK? :badmood:
     
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