Originally posted by WRATHman44:
We have a backup to Iupati (Looney) who did well in his absence. We don't even have anyone to play WITH Crab right now (Q basically off the roster for now). Iupati may be better in his position, but his postition is easier for us to replace.
The Crabtree portion aside, I don't accept that premise. Iupati is VERY good. Finding someone to play even close to his healthy level is not going to be easy.
Someone said he is not a good pass protector. I don't accept that premise either. He is one of the best power run blockers in the league - top 2 or 3. He is not as good at pass protection but he is well above average, IMO.
As I said above, he is less valuable to this team than Crabtree right now, particularly in light of the struggles this coaching staff has had developing wide receivers, but replacing him is not going to be easy. Looney may prove to be serviceable but from what I saw of him in limited duty this past season, he does not appear close to Big Mike.