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Darren Sharper may not have starting job waiting for him

Saints safety Darren Sharper may not get a chance to take down Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe on opening night because Sharper could be watching from the sidelines.

Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune presents a strong case that it may simply be Malcolm Jenkins’ time to take over at free safety, whether Sharper gets healthy or not. A converted cornerback, Jenkins has stood out throughout the offseason. 

“He’s special,” defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said.

Williams may be trying to light a fire under Sharper, but Jenkins’ play is doing the legwork.

“Darren Sharper had a chip on his shoulder last year. He wanted to
prove me wrong, Mickey Loomis wrong and the Minnesota Vikings wrong, and
he did,” Williams said.

Sharper is currently recovering from microfracture knee surgery.  He wasn’t ready for training camp like the Saints expected earlier this offseason.  Williams hints that Sharper’s roster spot may not even be guaranteed.

“Now is [Sharper] going to have that chip on his shoulder this year?”
Williams asked. “If he has a chip on his shoulder, his knee will be
fine. And if he doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder, he’ll be competing
with you guys in the media business.”

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23 Responses to “Darren Sharper may not have starting job waiting for him”
  1. Ilovefoolsball says: Aug 2, 2010 4:02 PM

    Sharper was a playmaker last year despite what all the critics and idiot posters on this website say. He had 9 INT’s and several key fumble recoveries while not being beat deep except for 1 or 2 plays all year. Many people point out that his INT’s were against inexperienced QB’s (Stafford, Kolb, Sanchez, Tom Brady and the QB from Miami) which may be true but last I checked if you put on a uniform you’re an NFL player regardless of how long you’ve played and who knows what the outcome of those games would’ve been had he not been making those plays. HOWEVER, Malcolm Jenkins is the future at that position as he’s already shown he has a knack for jarring the ball loose and making big hits. All that needs to be done is for him to learn the NFL game more in his second season.

  2. Manbearpig says: Aug 2, 2010 4:05 PM

    Church lady from SNL >Darren Sharper

  3. MrHumble says: Aug 2, 2010 4:06 PM

    I don’t think Sharper did anything to convince the Packers or the Vikings that they “made a mistake”……..Sharper just happened to be in the right place at the right time and with an offensive minded team that typically provided him with opportunities to strictly “gamble”. Everyone wants to talk about his “interceptions” and “td’s” from last year….but if you listen to cordinators from other teams etc., they are all quick to point out that fans may see the int’s and td’s but the fans fail to see how many td’s he was responsible for giving up to opposing offenses becuz of his lack of coverage skills and tackling skills. As one team spokesman said, “it’s easy to play the free safety position if you have absolutely no responsibilites other than to roam the field”……..i think the Saints coaches realize that sharper was a “fan favorite”, but for all the wrong reasons and they have watched the film and come to realize that the game has passed sharper by and he is a bigger liability than asset.

  4. justthefacts says: Aug 2, 2010 4:11 PM

    you mean someone going into their 14th year and who isnt ready for training camp because of microfracture surgery would have to earn their spot on the team, let alone be the best free safety on the team to get his name announced before the games with the other starters on defense? what are the saints thinking?

  5. Percy Nugz says: Aug 2, 2010 4:17 PM

    Sharper is a wash up. He never was fast sideline to sideline and couldn’t play the Tampa 2. Shiancoe will blow right by him sept. 9th

  6. headrush4you says: Aug 2, 2010 4:19 PM

    If the Saints aren’t going to play Sharper, can the Ravens please get on this?!

  7. philwauke says: Aug 2, 2010 4:34 PM

    Percy Nugz says:
    August 2, 2010 4:17 PM
    Sharper is a wash up. He never was fast sideline to sideline and couldn’t play the Tampa 2. Shiancoe will blow right by him sept. 9th
    ————————————————–
    now with the ring weighing him down and all.

  8. habibfromnewdehli says: Aug 2, 2010 4:45 PM

    LOL. If the Saints are foolish enough to let this guy go… I know a team in Baltimore who is missing their all-world safety and could use someone to fill in while he recovers from his own injuries.
    And then when Ed Reed does come back to the field… just imagine the fun that could be had with him and Sharper on the field together.

  9. FDupTruth says: Aug 2, 2010 5:15 PM

    Ilovefoolsball says:
    August 2, 2010 4:02 PM
    Many people point out that his INT’s were against inexperienced QB’s (Stafford, Kolb, Sanchez, Tom Brady and the QB from Miami)
    I hate the Pats, but Tom Brady is anything but an inexperienced quarterback

  10. DasBoot504 says: Aug 2, 2010 5:17 PM

    All I’m gonna say is look at the source. Jeff Duncan is the worst beat writer the TP has. He is usually wrong when predicting what the Saints are going to do with their personnel. Let’s put it this way…He is the Saint’s beat writer for the local paper. He’s at the practice facility every day….yet, he still get’s scooped by every national news outlet and even local reporter in adjacent cities in all breaking news that is Saints. Inept.
    That said. If Sharper can run, he will play….If Sharper can play, he will start. Jenkins is the future of the position, but it is his first year as a Safety. He has great athleticism but a lot to learn and Sharper is the one that will teach him. Sharper is a playmaker. He’s a little stiff in his lateral movement, but he understands route trees and what offenses are trying to do. We have three CBs that are able to shut their man down which allows Sharper to do what Safeties are supposed to do and that is play centerfield. That said, microfracture take a lot of time to heal so I wish him the best.

  11. imissmydeadspin says: Aug 2, 2010 5:24 PM

    Watch him against GOOD passing teams. He got beat. badly. The Saints now see this.

  12. jknock625 says: Aug 2, 2010 5:28 PM

    habib, you mean like dominoes or something?

  13. purpleguy says: Aug 2, 2010 5:34 PM

    What, the special hyperbaric chamber he sleeps in every night isn’t working? He played well for the Saints last year and seemed like a pretty good guy when he played in MN (other than spending time in WI) — I hope he gets healthy and starts for the Saints this year.

  14. Dial-A-Cliche says: Aug 2, 2010 6:07 PM

    habibfromnewdehli says:
    LOL. If the Saints are foolish enough to let this guy go… I know a team in Baltimore who is missing their all-world safety and could use someone to fill in while he recovers from his own injuries.
    And then when Ed Reed does come back to the field… just imagine the fun that could be had with him and Sharper on the field together.
    _______________________
    LOL all you want, it shows you don’t understand the game.
    When Darren Sharper lost a step, the Packers let him go. When he lost another step, couldn’t help out in the run, and only wanted to play centerfield (to pad his interception record) the Vikings let him go. When teams like the Vikings and Saints were desperate for “experienced” safety help – “Sharp” helped out. If the Ravens need help for a couple games – and there is nobody else out there with his experience – okay.
    But the fact remains:
    Sharper is not fast enough to play in the Raven’s schemes. Sharper is not tough enough to play the run anymore. And even if he wasn’t trying to avoid getting injured, Sharpers tackling is not up to the Raven’s standards anyway. If the Ravens are already so desperate that they’re going to scrape the bottom of the barrel with the Darren Sharpers and Frank Walkers of the world (to replace injured players the caliber of Ed Reed) they are in deep, deep shit!

  15. dafish says: Aug 2, 2010 6:16 PM

    All of a sudden I’m kinda glad he didn’t take the money in Jacksonville.

  16. Ilovefoolsball says: Aug 2, 2010 6:29 PM

    #
    # MrHumble says: August 2, 2010 4:06 PM
    I don’t think Sharper did anything to convince the Packers or the Vikings that they “made a mistake”……..Shar per just happened to be in the right place at the right time and with an offensive minded team that typically provided him with opportunities to strictly “gamble”.
    _______________________
    Well it sure seemed to work out well for the Saints. How did the Packers and Vikings do?

  17. PurpleRaid12 says: Aug 2, 2010 6:36 PM

    So he can trash talk from the sidelines.

  18. mikemcsaint says: Aug 2, 2010 6:40 PM

    Funny, Viking fans talking about Sharper sound like Packer fans talking about Favre

  19. Dial-A-Cliche says: Aug 2, 2010 7:05 PM

    Ilovefoolsball says:
    “Well it sure seemed to work out well for the Saints. How did the Packers and Vikings do?”
    ___________________________
    Yeah, Sharper carried the team on his back – Drew Brees, Reggie Bush and all the rest were standing in the shadows watching Sharper slay the dragons and put on a football clinic…
    Your “fan logic” is childish and pretty embarrassing… Hope you keep Sharper, and are happy with the results.

  20. Ilovefoolsball says: Aug 3, 2010 12:05 AM

    Dial-A-Cliche says: August 2, 2010 7:05 PM Your “fan logic” is childish and pretty embarrassing… Hope you keep Sharper, and are happy with the results.
    ________________________
    ya mama’s embarrassing! Of course Drew and Reggie had a lot to do with the superbowl, as well as Gregg Williams Pierre Thomas, Tracy Porter and many more, but there were certain games where the team needed those Interceptions and pick 6′s, regardless who was the quarterback. He played a very valuable role. He may not start the whole season but if he’s still able to play he will be on the field.
    It doesn’t really matter however, when the Saints play your team they will win with either Sharper or Jenkins at Free Safety.
    By the way, how did your team do last year Mr Cliche?

  21. Dial-A-Cliche says: Aug 3, 2010 6:43 PM

    Ilovefoolsball says:
    By the way, how did your team do last year Mr Cliche?
    ___________________________
    Well, let me think. We finished 12-4 and beat the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs and played in the NFC Championship game where we lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champs in overtime. (Congrats to the Saints).
    So, to answer your question, it was a respectable season. The Vikings don’t have to apologize to anyone for that record.

  22. scra22 says: Aug 4, 2010 1:21 PM

    “Dial-A-Cliche says: Yeah, Sharper carried the team on his back – Drew Brees, Reggie Bush and all the rest were standing in the shadows watching Sharper slay the dragons and put on a football clinic…
    Your “fan logic” is childish and pretty embarrassing… Hope you keep Sharper, and are happy with the results.”
    —-
    I don’t think anyone believes Sharper carried the team on his back, but you can’t diminish what he accomplished last year. He definitely has his weaknesses and he’s aging and coming off surgery, so no, he’s not going to repeat that performance this year. But come on… he had a great year. The Saints were the only ones who wanted him and they benefitted big time.

  23. scra22 says: Aug 4, 2010 1:22 PM

    “Manbearpig says:
    August 2, 2010 4:05 PM
    Church lady from SNL >Darren Sharper”

    OK, you guys take the Church Lady and we’ll take Sharper. Good luck.

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