Originally posted by WheresWaldo:
Originally posted by redrathman:
Originally posted by JayEL49er:
Maybe instead of paying big $$ to Goldson (and his 1 year as a starter) we should give the same big $$ to Atogwe (and his 15 ints, 9 forced fumbles in the past 3 seasons).
We've had this discussion before.
Player 1 - 74 Tackles, 5 PD, 1 SK, 3 FF, 2 INT
Player 2 - 94 Tackles, 6 PD, 2 SK, 3 FF, 4 INT
Player 1 is 28 and coming off shoulder surgery.
Player 2 is 25 and played in every game last season.
Which would you want locked up long term?
...anyways, Goldson is better suited for SS. Atogwe would play FS.
Goldson has the athletic ability to play both positions to be sure. In Manusky's defense, each Safety has to know every assignment. I don't necessarily believe that his skill set is better or worse for each particular position, when Manusky is going to ask him to do everything.
Lewis may not have the athletic ability to play Free Safety, but Taylor Mays does. I'd rather give him time to develop than jump the gun on Atogwe and lose Goldson next season.
Originally posted by KRS-1:
I believe you purposely forgot to mention that player 1 played in 4 games less than player 2, and let us also not forget player 2's team was much MUCH better at pressuring the opposing QB's which makes a world of difference in pass coverage.
Originally posted by Ronnie49Lott:
You neglected to mention that Atogwe only played 12 games last year to come with those numbers. Nice slant.
Actually, I didn't. I noted that Atogwe had missed time due to injury (coming off shoulder surgery).
I do believe that within short term history, Atogwe has been the better player. However, when accounting for Goldson's age and experience, it's hard not to compare the two at the age of 25 and think the 49ers will get more from him during his prime than Atogwe at age 28.
OJ Atogwe's statistical output at 25 Years Old
Dashon Goldson's statistical output at 25 Years Old
The question isn't to replace Atogwe with Lewis (everyone would do that). It's the following: Sign Atogwe and lose Goldson next season, or retain Lewis and sign Goldson long term and bring Mays on when he's ready. I think in this particular situation, fans just want the best players without thinking of the long term ramifications of those decisions.