Originally posted by BrianGO:
Originally posted by jbeale49:I'm not worried about Iupati. I remember what he is capable of, namely, not having his name called in a telecast because he did his job. That said, his ankle was bad last year and he doesn't look like himself. To me, he has always been a great hand fighter with elite strength. hasn't ever had the speed to get second level blocks in the run game but has always locked down gaps in the passing game. He has been none of this so far this PS. No way is he even close to 100%
No he hasn't.
He either completely shuts his man down, or lets the pressure straight through. He has always been like that. It's either an "A" or an "F" with him. Never a "C".
In answering the question of whether or not we'll retain Iuapati, I think it'll all come down to how much money he wants/would accept to stay. The 49ers have prospects waiting in the wings and draft picks in 2015 at their disposal to use to replace him. Iupati is a very good OG, an A+ run blocker but an inconsistent pass protector. We'll see what happens.
In the end, the best idea may be to spend the money on Boone and Crabtree, while drafting some players to compete with our depth, which includes this year's pick, OG Brandon Thomas.