Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Some fans in NOs mentioned when Goodwin was waived that he had benefited from All-Pro OGs, true? You also mentioned Rachal having difficulty--have you rewatched the game yet and do you have any other comments? Or have I missed them somewhere?
Staley being beaten so badly was disappointing to me as I had hoped he would get back to being a stable influence. Glad Smith is a tough guy!
Not really sure. I pop in here with a comment or two, but overall, save my efforts for another forum. This place just depresses me, but there are a handful or so like yourself that keep me bothering to check the WZ. I still watch each game all week though, and make some notes.
I never focused as closely on the Saints games as I do the Niners... but Goodwin always seemed efficient though lacking in power. So far in SF, he appears slower in pass pro, and as weak as ever. Doesn't give good effort much either, so I am disappointed in the coaches for not picking up on this. Either that, or they really think Snyder is a far worse option. Goodwin has been flat-out sucking hard though.
The next playing-like-crap award goes to Staley. Seems all he can do well is pull block outside. He is getting beaten too often around the edge, and his reactions generally make him lose leverage early on. He is also a poor run blocker.
Next crap award goes to Rachal. While he hasn't totally sucked, he is still making the occasional blunder that gets Alex hit or pressured too quickly.
So far, Iupati and AD have been the better OL... but none of these guys are often showing much power to drive defenders off the LOS, and they have trouble holding their blocks through the whistle...
Also of note... Vernon Davis... not blocking well at all lately. Either everyone bloated this ability in him, or he is just too unfocused or disinterested in his block assignments.
Yes, Alex is very tough... he often takes hits that the casual observer doesn't see. He is definitely winning some fans over with his determination to battle through all of this. Still gotta wonder when it's just gonna be too much, and Kap will have to come in for our injured starter.