Originally posted by dj43:
Originally posted by NinerGM:
I have never been a big Sims fan but he did play very well after Singletary shut down the 7-step drop offense. Sims has always been a good run blocker and decent in pass blocking. Unfortunately he had to block for the "vertical" passing game of the Raiders and then the Martz offense, neither of which are suited for him.
Again, as I've said before. The Smith signing was always iffy. ALWAYS. I HATE it that I was proven correct. Scotty really needs to earn his money and find someone on waivers or the coaches need to earn their keep and quickly develop Boone.
Snyder has a history of getting nicked up also. He played well, but remember Snyder and Baas were supposed to be OGs, not ever thought of as OTs and even then, depth players.
We need vet help and not go through another season with Barry Simms starting at RT. I'll take two decent older/experienced players who can come in and contribute instead of the $ we're paying Barry Sims.
I'm not ecstatic about having him as the backup or starter but if he plays the way he did in the last four games of last year, he will be OK.
I like the analysis but I disagree with the conclusion. Martz didn't completely shut down the passing game. The loss against Miami last season could be isolated to two or three plays. Two of those plays involved Sims WHIFFING on blocks on a 5 - step drop. Remember Hill makes his lines look better then they actually are because he (1) gets rid of the ball quickly and (2) improvises very well when things break down.
Snyder will start, but won't get through an entire season without being nicked up - this has been his history even when he was a bench player.
My problem is that most are trying to convince themselves the same OL from last season is going to be significantly better simply because we're not going to throw it as much and run more. Yes, run-blocking looked great this PRESEASON, but it remains to be seen if this group can excel against defenses designed to stop the run.
At some point the 49ers will be forced to pass to open up the run. Until proven, a dominant running game being effective despite 8 men being in the box against them has yet materialize in a game. It sounds like McCLoughan is being smart and looking for some insurance.
Without Smith as a potential back-up, the line is dangerously thin. If Staley goes down, the season would be over. Snyder can play some LT but again, you're in a situation where you have a bench player at LT and Sims as your starter at RT with Alex Boone backing it up?
Naw. We need some depth.