Originally posted by Kolohe:
Phoenix just stop already, you act like Sopoaga hasn't contributed to this defense. Sopoaga does his job plain and simple, he doesn't do a vince wilfork job, but not many NT's can. Sopoaga is asked to stop the run, control the gaps and/or occupy blockers.
Yes he is, and he manages to fail miserably at it. The amount of times he got cleaned out of plays by a single blocker was unnerving. Justin Smith covered up for a lot of his deficiencies but when he got injured and there was literally nobody on the DL who could regularly draw multiple blockers, this defense fell apart as we all saw.
Not many NT''s can consistently push the pocket, not even Wilfork, they would gas out before the half. I don't know where some of you people get this imaginary thought that a NT will push the pocket on every play and wreak havoc on every play, or that NT's are suppose to rack up a good amount of sack numbers.
Playing about 1/3 of the snaps is truly exhausting, how does he do it? Nobody is claiming that an NT is supposed to get a high number of sacks, they're simply stating that this team can do significantly better than a guy who was scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to NFL NT's.
One things forsure, I can tell the difference when Sopoaga is in and when hes not, teams simply run up the middle with no problem when Sopoaga is not in.
So what you're telling me is that teams run up the middle when there's not an NT in there and the defense is playing in the nickel formation? That's just crazy talk.
It really helps having two All-NFL inside linebackers to cover up for the mediocre NT getting blown off the ball on the regular.
I swear we go through this every year about Sopoaga, and the following year he still continues to start, there's a reason past HC and our present one han't replaced him yet
He's played NT since last season. Last season he busted his ass and was still merely average, this year he's been terrible. This sounds like the same rhetoric people were pushing when Nate Clements and Manny Lawson were basically not invited back. Soap was suitable for a team that had a lot of other holes to fill, now he just happens to be one of, if not the biggest holes, don't expect him back.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM ]