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Balmer over Sopoaga

Originally posted by CorvaNinerFan:
Right-o NineFan...for all his size and strength, Sopoaga still hasn't become the monster DL we'd all hoped for. It just seems like he can't get technique to compliment his strength. Best thing he has going for him is the ability play both DE and NT. With youngsters like Balmer and Jean-Francois, he'll either have to knuckle down or he'll lose PT because they'll progress and he'll still just be a very strong guy who's not that effective. Count Evans in the mix, too, because he's a solid vet DE who'll be a good player for us. My take...let Soap and Franklin rotate, keeping a fresh NT in there. Leave DE for Balmer, Evans, J-F, J. SMith and Ray Mac.

I suspect this is why Soap was playing NT late into the Raiders game. Since there is so much rotation that takes place along the DL, they have probably realized that we have no backup NT and are looking at Soap to fill that role.

I can see him starting the game at DE, then periodically moving over to NT. Balmer probably can't handle the full load right now. But between him and Evans, they can probably form an adequate backup platoon.
Originally posted by natrone06:



How Franklin played against the raiders was exactly how he played the last half of 2008.


Untrue... to make your statement true, you would have to say, "Later in 2008, Franklin showed glimpses of how he played vs the Raiders last weekend." That's the problem here... you remember only the few good plays Franklin made per game last year... while somehow overlooking the dozens of awful plays mixed in.
[ Edited by oldman9er on Aug 25, 2009 at 8:25 AM ]