Originally posted by oldman9er:
Originally posted by English:
We have been here before. And if I recall, it didnt go all that well. If this is the way it goes, why did t we draft a NT on the 3rd day? Not to start, but to backup and for the future?
Nah... Sopoaga was asked to play in a 2-gap when at NT. He sucked at it because the role required him to be efficient in play recognition. He lacked the instincts and awareness to take on blocks and snuff out play direction. As a 1-gapper, he will play more with his strengths of anchoring and penetrating an A gap.
This could very well end up being the case...but does anyone know if Fangio prefers a 1-gap NT (ala Franklin) or a 2-gapper (Wilfork)? I would hate to see Sopoaga make all this progress and LDE and then "again" be moved inside although, he should have much more success esp. if we go 1-gap. I too was not thrilled with ignoring the NT position but I have a feeling the team has a plan for this; seriously, Fangio essentially got the first pick in the draft so how would he let the NT position go ignored?
I would love a more prototypical wide-bodied NT to not only hold the point, win in short yardage plays but help collapse the pocket so the QB can't step up every freaking time. How nice huh?
I also think Sopoaga can be better utilized pushing up field and helping to seal the edge and collapse the pocket while assiting the OLB's and inside/out stunts!