Originally posted by 23zack80: Marvel Smith will be 31 in August. He is entering his 10th year in the league. He played Left Tackle for the Steelers. He has won two super bowls and been to two pro bowls. He hasn't played very much in the past two years due to back injuries. He had surgery in 2007 but that didn't work out as he was misdiagnosed. He had surgery again in 2008 and he now says his back feels good. His case is very similar to Alex Smith’s.
Ya, multiple Super Bowls and Pro Bowls, he's exactly like Alex Smith.
Originally posted by 49erForLife420: I have zero optimism about marvel smith... he really hasnt played in 2 years... has a bad back injury... and he was held out of OTA's witch tells me the back is probly worse t han they are saying
I am not optimistic either, but we shouldn't conclude that the fact he was held out was because the back is still bad... It was probably just precaution since there is no need to force him yet. He is expected to be 100% by training camp.
Well yeah, but he's yet to play a a game with us and he's been anointed the saviour of the O-Line.
He's being "anointed the savior of the O-Line" because our only major weakness on the Offensive Line was Right Tackle, which is where Marvel Smith will line up. He is definitely an upgrade over anyone else who can play RT so he will easily make the line better. For how long, I don't know.
Before Marvel Smith went down last October he started 61 of 69 games going back to 2004. If his back is solid and he's consistently in the line-up, the right side (The Pac-10 Side) will be nasty. So far, so good . . . he's made all the OTA's but been held out of drills . . . there's reason to be optimistic here IMO.
Originally posted by BrodieFan: 6-5, 325 - He's very large. He and Rachal make a very formidable duo there on the right. If they're healthy, they will be plowing out holes and collapsing the line for Gore all year long.
That is what I am looking forward to...in 2006 Gore ran to the left alot behind....Jennings and Larry Allen...I would look for them to run to the right alot...Rachal got his feet wet last year...This year its "PANCAKE City"
I liked the marvel signing, but was dismayed when we stopped there and didn't try for another starting OT. Injuries are one thing. Back stuff is something else. There is an adage in medicine, and it goes like this: surgery may fix it, but it will never be as good as it was. Back injuries, are, in my experience, the epitome of "may get better but never will be as good as before": My concern is like everyone else's. Good potential filler for injuries, but not a great choice as starter. We will see as the season progresses, but my guess is marvel is going to be responsible for rachal switching to OT faster than they had figured upstairs. Hope i'm wrong, but marvel is stop gap...not much more. Please Lord, prove me wrong. Obviously anything is better than that outstanding acquisition from the Raiders, who played like kwame. marvel would be great backing up. Starting? ummmm....somehow i don't see it working .
I'll take Marvel Smith over Barry "Soft as Tissue paper" Sims anyday. I still remember that game against Miami last season. It was the last play of the game, we were around the opposing 20 yard line, and Sims gives up a sack against Joey Porter.... Had a chance to win that game but Barry Sims got blown passed easily and we lost. He didn't even block Porter for a second! If we had won that game, we would've finished with a 5 game win streak.
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