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Barry Sims is only 1 injury away from starting

OK, Final 53 decisions for Game 1 are imminent and Barry Sims is only 1 injury (to Snyder or Staley) from starting. That is reality and that is scary. IMHO, at no other position, does the fall-off in talent to the back-up, appear so severe. And OT performance is critical to the team (no ball control = tired defense = losing record).

So, what to do about this? There is apparently no other swing (one player who can back-up both LT and RT on the Game Day 45 Actives roster) in camp. McCloughan surely has been monitoring the waiver wire since Marvel Smith retired. It's possible that some aging veteran OT, might become available on Sep 5. At a minimum, I would expect the club to invite 1-2 such vets in for a work-out.

But what if the cupboard is bare? I suggest keeping the young developing Jacob Bender, who has been backing up Staley at LT, as the 3rd OT, instead of the tired and slow Sims. Here's my thinking. If Staley is hurt, Bender is well equipped to come in and finish the game at LT. If Snyder is hurt, the club could try Bender at RT to finish out that game, then have a full week to determine a longer term solution at RT, if it's a longer term injury to Snyder. With this in mind, stay alert for any snaps which Bender might take at RT in this final exhibition vs San Diego, to prepare him for a possible "swing" role.

Also count me among those who would like to see Alex Boone kept as the 4th OT or, more likely, on the PS, where he could be called-up on a week's notice, should Snyder be declared doubtful or out for an upcoming game.

Maiocco projects only 8 OL on the Final 53 for Game 1. Since the OL (not #21) is the REAL bell cow for this offense, I strongly suspect that the club will carry 9 OL, not 8, at the expense of 1 less WR, esp since Walker, Robinson and Sheets can all play WR in a pinch.

[ Edited by jimbagg on Sep 2, 2009 at 10:37:57 ]
dont you jink us like that
If Barry Sims because a starting lineman there is no way we win the division.
Thanks captain obvious!
Barry has hands down the best looking wife of anybody on the team! Damn she's one fine mama!
NSS! We need a replacement for this clown NOW!!
Scary thought
This is not good there. Hopefully they are keeping eyes open this weekend for some tackles who are cut.
Originally posted by PatrickJira411:
Scary thought

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Shame we went through the offseason and that didn't change.
Cut Sims and bring back Jennings No seriously... I'd do it..
*shudders*
Originally posted by jimbagg:
OK, Final 53 decisions for Game 1 are imminent and Barry Sims is only 1 injury (to Snyder or Staley) from starting. That is reality and that is scary. IMHO, at no other position, does the fall-off in talent to the back-up, appear so severe. And OT performance is critical to the team (no ball control = tired defense = losing record).

So, what to do about this? There is apparently no other swing (one player who can back-up both LT and RT on the Game Day 45 Actives roster) in camp. McCloughan surely has been monitoring the waiver wire since Marvel Smith retired. It's possible that some aging veteran OT, might become available on Sep 5. At a minimum, I would expect the club to invite 1-2 such vets in for a work-out.

But what if the cupboard is bare? I suggest keeping the young developing Jacob Bender, who has been backing up Staley at LT, as the 3rd OT, instead of the tired and slow Sims. Here's my thinking. If Staley is hurt, Bender is well equipped to come in and finish the game at LT. If Snyder is hurt, the club could try Bender at RT to finish out that game, then have a full week to determine a longer term solution at RT, if it's a longer term injury to Snyder. With this in mind, stay alert for any snaps which Bender might take at RT in this final exhibition vs San Diego, to prepare him for a possible "swing" role.

Also count me among those who would like to see Alex Boone kept as the 4th OT or, more likely, on the PS, where he could be called-up on a week's notice, should Snyder be declared doubtful or out for an upcoming game.

Maiocco projects only 8 OL on the Final 53 for Game 1. Since the OL (not #21) is the REAL bell cow for this offense, I strongly suspect that the club will carry 9 OL, not 8, at the expense of 1 less WR, esp since Walker, Robinson and Sheets can all play WR in a pinch.

Excellent, intelligent observation.

As run-oriented as Singletary wants the offense to be, it seems a certainty that they're going to keep 9 OL.

Staley, Baas, Heitmann, Rachal, Snyder, Wragge all seem to be locks.

Sims has the most experience of the backups, but may be over the hill.

Wallace was picked way too early as a 4th rounder but has made some improvements in his game. He can back up all three interior positions, but appears unlikely to unseat any of them.

Spanos has shown great versatility and has good size. He can back up any of the OL positions. I'd keep him over Wallace.

Bender has good size and mobility and has some experience. Probably the best backup at LT.

Boone has the size and mobility needed for the RT, and has played well, generally, when given the opportunity this preseason. Based on what I've seen in preseason, I'd be comfortable with him as the backup at RT. He's made major strides and has the size and mobility to be a force at RT once he gets established. IMHO.

The other UDFA, whose name escapes me, also has good size and has played at RG, next to Boone, during preseason, but can play any OL position except C.

If it was me doing the choosing, I'd keep Bender, Boone and Spanos along with the six listed above. I'd release Wallace, Sims, and Toledo outright, and put the other UDFA kid (whose name I cannot recall) on the PS.
I really hate Sims
I'm surprised this topic wasn't brought up sooner when Smith retired. Simms is not even good enough to be a 3rd stringer because he has zero potential and has shown absolute suck.