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Good Luck Jason David

Two thoughts crossed my mind Monday when the Saints released Cornerback Jason David. First, my inner Saints fan breathed a sigh of relief that the diminutive DB won’t get beat over the top while wearing the fleur-de-lis anymore. However, the sports purist in me felt saddened that one of the hardest working players on the roster, and the Saints’ 2008 interception leader, is now gone.

David spent his entire tenure with the Saints under heavy scrutiny which began after his first regular season game with the team. He was constantly abused on national television by Peyton Manning and the Colts, the team he was acquired from as a restricted free-agent the season after starting on a Super Bowl winning defense.

David never made the transition from the Colts’ Cover-2 scheme into the Saints’ preferred man-to-man style under Defensive Coordinator Gary Gibbs but it wasn’t because of a lack of effort.

The Washington State product received praise at times as a Saint because he never shied away from the criticisms directed at him and was constantly seen making every effort to become a better player. He put 100 percent into everything he did on the field. David made a mark on special teams when he was not playing regularly. Despite falling down the depth chart in 2008 he did get the opportunity to start due to injuries and lead the team with five interceptions.

This summer David was given the chance to regain favor with the Saints’ new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. However, after an abysmal performance against Cincinnati last Friday in which he was in position to make several plays but was either out sized or just plainly missed a tackle by trying too hard and lunging, the business of the NFL finally caught up to him. No team can afford to pay starter money to a backup special teams player whose black and gold jersey probably smelled more like toast than sweat at the end of any given game.

That said, David should still be given the chance to compete for a starting position elsewhere in the NFL. He possesses the technique, knowledge, and desire of an NFL caliber cornerback, he just doesn’t have the physical traits needed to succeed in a man-to-man scheme. His 5’ 8”, 180-pound frame is more suited to a zone coverage system where he is not constantly asked to defend some of the tallest, fastest athletes in the league.

No matter where he ends up, though, David will put in maximum effort on the field and will probably make some big plays. He should be commended for his attempt to make the most of a poor situation in New Orleans and certainly deserves another shot.

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2 Responses to “Good Luck Jason David”

  1. diehardsaint says:

    its about time. this guy was garbage since the day he signed with the saints. signing a 5’8″ cornerback was one of the dumbest decisions the saints organization has ever made. we have some great talent now at the position. saints all the way this year, willaims will make sure the defense brings it every down.

  2. Tony Derbigny says:

    Thank you LORD!

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