Chris Conte has been on the decline for quite some time now. Despite having mediocre numbers as a safety in general, we can sum up the petition for his requested departure by a short analyzation of his most recent outing vs. The Oakland Raiders. Conte allowed a catch every single time his receiver was targeted. Within those targets lies a passer rating of 158.3 with two touchdowns given up and three missed tackles for good measure. Two touchdowns and three missed tackles wouldn’t be the worst in the league over the first 3 or 4 games of the season but this was all done in one game.
Chris Conte isn’t the worst safety in the league (that honor belongs to the two safeties for the Redskins) but he has zero interceptions this season and it’s not for a lack of being targeted. He has also been healthy all year so he’s been starting every game and we can’t lay any blame on injuries. Sadly his interception average is actually up from his stats last year (from -2 last year to 0 this year).
All of the current woes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t laid at the feet of Chris by himself. Tampa Bay’s defense had 12 missed tackles this past Sunday (3 by Hargreaves alone). So that means the defense as a whole had a pretty aweful game. However, I am a firm believer in momentum in every facet of the game. It is imperative that the trend of any winning team involves doing your job and setting an example for others. If the defensive trend is ever going to turn around and head in a positive direction then getting Conte off the team would be a great start.