No need to apologize at all. Franklin has been playing MUCH better in a one-gap and b/c of that is much more visable to the fans, penetrating and playing to his strengths. That said, we're still ranked 16th against the run over the NT position. He's still growing and developing but is making nice strides and with both Wilfork/Williams hurt, he is establishing himself as one of the better NT's in the game.
Lawson is still terrible at getting to the QB with only .5 sacks, 1 QB Hits and only 5 QB Pressures in 109 pass-rushing attempts (through 3 games). But where he is weak, he's excelled in the run game BIG TIME; 9 tackles, 2 assists & 5 stops behind the LOS in 63 running plays. He no longer is over-pursuing and allowing big runs off tackle and is doing a fantastic job in general of stacking up the blockers on the edge and either making the tackle or allowing enough time for his teammates to get there. He's also doing a nice job of collapsing the corner and allowing others to get pressure at times and switches with Haralson between the SAM and WILL positions nicely. He's only been in coverage 28 times but has given up a TD and has been "OK" overall.
So again, both Franklin/Lawson are playing to their strengths and excelling at them right now but you don't need to apologize b/c both players have quite a ways to go before they are complete players and can be considered in the upper class.
Right now, the REST of the team-defense is really disguising the weaknesses both players still possess.
So in the end, we still need a dominant NT (or developing NT) and a pass rushing OLB.