After receiving an ESPN message about Donte Whitner changing his name to remove the W, it got me thinking. I live in Wisconsin and the constant barrage of Packer fans that have nothing but extreme disdain for the 49ers simply because their home team cannot beat the Red and Gold is staggering. Amongst the chatter from the oh-so-intelligent fanbase in my particular area of Wisconsin, there is some disgust in Donte Whitner and his filing of paperwork to have his name changed (Chad Johnson playing safety for the 49ers now?!?!). Here is my viewpoint on this and I expect to get some negative backlash for this, but this is a fanpost nonetheless. When the 49ers front office found it more affordable to take Eric Reid rather than offer a hefty contract to Goldson, the defense lost the HITTER of the team. One of the most mind-boggling things I've noticed about teams over the last three years is the fear that teams had throwing the ball anywhere near Goldson Isle because of the pain he inflicted. Now we are all seeing the stark differences in going from a heavy hitter to a fundamentally sound younger and far more affordable safety in Reid. To get to my point, the defense lost a bit of fear when Goldson departed to the Tampa black hole (he'll be forgotten within a couple of years unfortunately for him), so to watch someone step up and take the initiative to step into the Hitman role, I applaud Whitner with utmost appreciation. The hit he put on the Saints running back two years ago showed only a glimmer of what he's capable of doing. The hit he delivered on Bradshaw two weeks ago was perfection (granted he was flagged for it when he should not have), the second hit he put on in consecutive weeks against Givens to prevent a touchdown was perfection yet again. The T-shirt campaign and fight he is putting up against the league right now tells me that teams are going to start to take notice of Whitner even more than they did in the past. There is a new hitter in San Francisco that is only going to deliver more hits, with even more devastation behind it. Whitner's wallet will take a hit this season, but there is one thing that is for sure, teams are going to second guess throwing into Hitner land.