Originally posted by Ether:
Originally posted by GNielsen:
Originally posted by GolittaCamper:
Wait until he puts on the pads! Big British softie, gonna get his ass kicked!
Kinda sounds like that, doesn't it? Too bad. I hope he reaches down deep and surprises us, but it's not a good sign that he's saying it's the hardest thing he's ever done before ever even being hit. How's he going to feel after he meets Iupati in a full scrimmage?
Why? I'm gonna go ahead and assume that a 6'6 300lb beast who played Rugby isn't going to be lacking in the toughness department. Maybe you guys are reading into it too much, or I'm not reading into it enough, but I'm gonna go ahead and assume 99% of his struggles are not understanding the concepts of Football.
From the article:
"He hasn't had anybody hit him yet," Fangio said. "He hasn't had a double-team yet. He hasn't figured out if it's a run or pass, whether he should rush or play the run. So it'll probably be a very slow process with him much more than a normal rookie."Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2013/06/49ers-okoye-on-american-football-hardest-thing-ive-ever-done.html#storylink=cpy
Think about that for a sec. Every single rookie in the world has his struggles because they don't understand the playbook, the reads, etc. Well, this guy isn't a rookie in the NFL, he's a rookie to the sport. He started playing football 2 months ago. When JPP got drafted, he was considered extremely raw because he had only played football since Junior year of high school. Lawrence started the day the NFL draft ended. Give him time.
Rugby is a tough sport and guys get injured all the time playing it, but let's not pretend that it has anything close to the velocity and violence of hitting in the NFL. NFL football is on it's own level - I don't really think anything comes close to it. There's nothing quite so shocking to me as being down on the sideline and seeing those two lines meet at the snap of the ball (I've been there - it's unbelievable - makes you cringe). There is nothing in Rugby that even comes close.
But, I agree with you in that my suspicion is that it is the concepts and the intricacies of the game that are his primary challenge. If he's thinking about it, he's probably getting beaten up in the process. He's big, but NFL offensive linemen are just as big or bigger. When he's standing next to Mike Iupati, he's next to a guy who is just as big, but heavier and probably stronger as well.