Originally posted by Bake87:
The o-line and the d-line suck. When their play improves, we will win. Look back at all the past team champions.....they won those games at the line of scrimmage.
Yes, the O-line is playing like garbage. Leading the sucking charge is Rachal. Rachal has continued his horrible play from last season. He seems to be constantly confused by stunts and type of blitzing defender. Rachal is easily the worst player on the line IMO. Next to Rachal, Davis has been playing pretty bad also. However, Davis is a rookie and a young rookie at that. I wonder how much better Davis would be if he had a decent VET lined up next to him.......... I think Davis' play would improve if he had a decent player he could rely on next to him. Iupati is also struggling a little bit, but he'll improve with time. Last and maybe least is Staley. He's been exposed for what he is this season, OVER-RATED. I've never been very high on him and I think he'd be better off as a RT. IMO, Sims is easily the best LT on the team.
If Sing really wanted to get the running game going, he'd move Staley to RT and start Sims on the left side. Then he'd bench Rachal in favor of Snyder or Heitmann. These simple moves could jump start the running game and offense in general.
I don't think the D-line is playing that bad. Franklin isn't playing so hot, but he'll get it going as he gets his legs back. Not being around for preseason is hurting him a little, but he'll be fine. Soap is Soap. He isn't anything other than a large body that takes up space. His job is to keep 2 blockers busy, and he does that for the most part. Smith has been playing great IMO. He is always around the QB and he would benefit from having another pass rusher in the front 7.
Another Note on Justin Smith; Did anyone notice how many times he was held today against the Raiders? I saw at least 3 times where he was CLEARLY being held and the Refs never called it. If I were him, I'd be pissed. Twice he even threw his hands up in the air WHILE the guy was holding him.