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LaMichael James is a Niner

  • xcfan
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Originally posted by pasodoc9er:
If Coach would have used LMJ as a sproles type back, ie get the ball to him in space, then I would have liked the pick. But no, where is he used? Between tackles, where he likes to run, but just isn't big or good enough to be a solid #1 RB. The fact JH never used LMJ in space says that he just isn't interested in that kind of O...which is his decision. That being the case, not using LMJ in space, the pick at #2 was a bad one. I was completely fooled in that I rejoiced when his name was called. Finally a back to be used like sproles. Unh unh. Never apparently even considered, and hence, we got a RB to run between tackles, who really isn't that kind of NFL back. That kind of back is frank, hunter, dix. So the glad handing and props LMJ got during the draft told me he is on the cusp of getting traded. Just an opinion. But when I hear my HC and GM both sing the praises of a guy we rarely saw...well, you have to believe your lying eyes then.

right on.
harbaugh was naive in thinking college lmj would translate to nfl lmj with little-to-no loss of wow.
quicker-than-fast guys like lmj see their college-zoom factor emasculated by the nfl's just-as-fast defenders.
lmj's only eye-opening, nfl talent is as a sproles-like back, but he's definitely a lesser talent than sproles, so where does that put his worth as a 2nd rd pick? he was over-drafted, pure and simple.
No story here. They asked him and nothing has changed, so I expect his answer to be the same.
  • Giedi
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Originally posted by xcfan:
right on.
harbaugh was naive in thinking college lmj would translate to nfl lmj with little-to-no loss of wow.
quicker-than-fast guys like lmj see their college-zoom factor emasculated by the nfl's just-as-fast defenders.
lmj's only eye-opening, nfl talent is as a sproles-like back, but he's definitely a lesser talent than sproles, so where does that put his worth as a 2nd rd pick? he was over-drafted, pure and simple.

He is supposed to be a change of pace back, filling the role of a guy like Sprouls, as you said. The problem is that we really aren't like the new Orlean saints. More like the old new york giants under the tuna. He had Dave meggett, but Dave was harder to bring down than LMJ. LMJ filled in nicely for Kendall when he was hurt, but now that Kendall is healthy- we basically have two backs of the same type. He's the odd man out in this offense. We just don't go into a spread offense that often, and that's where I think he can be best utilized.
Originally posted by xcfan:
so where does that put his worth as a 2nd rd pick? he was over-drafted, pure and simple.

You are probably right, but I will reserve judgement until he is in an offense where he is featured more (which will probably happen this year sometime, after he is unloaded for a future pick).
Originally posted by Bluesbro:
Originally posted by xcfan:
so where does that put his worth as a 2nd rd pick? he was over-drafted, pure and simple.

You are probably right, but I will reserve judgement until he is in an offense where he is featured more (which will probably happen this year sometime, after he is unloaded for a future pick).


One of the more level-headed statements I've seen re: LMJ. It's funny how so many "experts" here make these proclamations that the dude is no good, when the fact is he's never really been used in a manner that best utilizes his skillset...and in 2012 when he did get more PT after Hunter went down, he did well, and even then he wasn't being used in the way many envisioned when he was drafted.