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LaMichael James was a Niner (CUT!)

Originally posted by DelCed2486:
Originally posted by NinerG94:
Just stop with the Sproles comments already! James couldn't hold one strap from Sprole's jock. I'm so tired of that comparison. Sproles is an absolute freak athlete and an even better football player. James is NOT EVEN CLOSE!


How would you know? Dude is given next to no opportunity. Yet we have passes thrown to Miller, screens to Dixon, and Kyle Williams returning kicks.

The fact of the matter is that LMJ has not been explosive and does not make eye popping plays. He is limited in what he can do and when his butthole tightens every time a defender gets near him he will never develope. He ran through 10ft wide holes at Oregon and was then able to use open field ability to his advantage. He simply has not transitioned into a change of pace back or a decent returner. It happens to a lot of talented college players.
Originally posted by pete98146:
Trade LMJ and a 3rd rounder for Josh Gordan!

I wish.
why can't we have James and Hunter on the field at the same time???

why can't we run a play like this to James... or those reverse plays we did with Moore yesterday.

Originally posted by Afrikan:
why can't we have James and Hunter on the field at the same time???

why can't we run a play like this to James... or those reverse plays we did with Moore yesterday.


Cuz james aint that good plan N simple ....
Originally posted by tatdwolf49:
Cuz james aint that good plan N simple ....

Ahh. Gotcha.
Originally posted by OregonDuckNiner:
Ahh. Gotcha.

kap does a really s**tty job of selling both play actions and screens. Also, our o-line, for its strengths, is not great at running screens.
Originally posted by OregonDuckNiner:
Originally posted by tatdwolf49:
Cuz james aint that good plan N simple ....

Ahh. Gotcha.

I detect sarcasm in your voice

Bush isn't the only RB capable of running a screen. James is not as explosive, but would still be really effective if given the ball in space. He's got vision, quick feet, and nifty moves. Stronger than people give him credit for too.
Originally posted by dhp318:
kap does a really s**tty job of selling both play actions and screens. Also, our o-line, for its strengths, is not great at running screens.

We've always been a bad screen team, which confuses me because our O-line is mobile even at their size, and our RBs can catch the ball.
Originally posted by dhp318:
Originally posted by OregonDuckNiner:
Ahh. Gotcha.

kap does a really s**tty job of selling both play actions and screens. Also, our o-line, for its strengths, is not great at running screens.

Those are both better answers compared to what tatdwolf put forth.

And I'll keep saying it until the 49ers do or he's no longer on the team: use James like the Bengals use Bernard. He's accounted for almost 20% of the team's total offensive output in terms of yardage (19.8 to be exact) and there's nothing that Bernard can do that James can't. Eerily similar players. For a team whose only explosive player is a tight end who is about 80% right now, it baffles me why they don't even try to incorporate James into the offense and utilize his obvious skill set.
Originally posted by SofaKing:
Originally posted by OregonDuckNiner:
Originally posted by tatdwolf49:
Cuz james aint that good plan N simple ....

Ahh. Gotcha.

I detect sarcasm in your voice

Bush isn't the only RB capable of running a screen. James is not as explosive, but would still be really effective if given the ball in space. He's got vision, quick feet, and nifty moves. Stronger than people give him credit for too.

Sarcasm? Me!? No way! How could I argue with that incredibly articulated reasoning that he presented

And yes, I agree with everything you said, especially the bolded. I think physical is a better word, IMO. He is surprisingly physical for his size. And as for how I wanted to see the Niners use him, read my post before this. James = Bernard, IMO.
[ Edited by OregonDuckNiner on Oct 14, 2013 at 3:26 PM ]
Originally posted by Afrikan:
why can't we have James and Hunter on the field at the same time???

why can't we run a play like this to James... or those reverse plays we did with Moore yesterday.


Of course if both RBs get injured on the same play.......
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[ Edited by kush on Oct 14, 2013 at 4:18 PM ]
Nothing will change next year even if Gore retires and Dixon is gone. They will have a healthy Marcus Lattimore, Hunter and they will need a bigger back so if LMJ is still around he will continue to be inactive.
[ Edited by saj4423 on Oct 14, 2013 at 5:02 PM ]
Jim Harbaugh on Monday insisted running back LaMichael James has a "big role" role on the 49ers despite the fact he was a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Yes, that big role is trade bait to acquire a player at a more needed position.
Totally underutilized talent. Put him in the slot, have him shimmy some LB's or Safeties.