Originally posted by zugschef:
Originally posted by NCommand:
i don't agree at all. franklin's play was one of the main reasons (besides playing against pretty bad teams) that the defense finished as strong as it did last season. he's not a pro bowl calibre player, far from it, but he's a solid starter. (and at least he doesn't poke other people in the eye.^^)
Originally posted by oldman9er:
I give him a 1 as he is unworthy of double teams... gets pancaked when he is doubled... and offers next to nothing to assist in our pass rush. In the second half of the season, he moved up to a 1.5 or 2. Franklin is still a below average starter, and I see very little possibility for much improvement.
I agree...the skill-set of Franklin & Sopoaga together in the interior in a 4-3 would be solid. Individually, at the NT position, neither have the build, skill-set or mindset to play and excel at that position. Square peg - round hole.
That was a good one! "Solid" I agree with but in order to run a true 3-4 a team needs a dominant NT; one who can collapse the pocket, always command double-teams, is a "wide-body" and very hard to run up the middle against, usually around 340-360 pounds, has quick and active feet, uses excellent leverage, etc.
All this does is free up all four LB's to attack and read and react. It also allows at least one of the DE's to be one-on-one and also get pressure. Right now, we have it backwards and only Smith commands double teams which makes Franklin's play overrated in my mind. At best, he can hold the point for a second or two but is more often then not getting driven back by ONE linemen. He'll never be the type of NT who can collapse the pocket and disallow a QB from stepping up freely and RB's usually don't have too much trouble running up the gut either. 'Solid" is right but we need "dominant" IMHO.