Originally posted by WINiner:
Originally posted by BrianGO:
Williams is a monster, he was our starting NT last year, but I agree we need some depth. Hopefully Dial and TJE can get acclimated to it before week one.
Borland will be a monster. I am not worried at all about Bowman anymore.
Wilhoite is solid. Very athletic, sound player.
We just have to see how all of these players develop before week one.
Borland needs to get his feet wet.
Dial and TJE need to adjust to backup the NT position.
Williams needs to get back to where he left off a year ago.
If these things develop well for us, we are rock solid.
Your take on Borland replacing Bow is ridiculous. I don't see any way in hell that trex midget comes anywhere near the production Bow had. Borland simply isn't capable of making the kind of plays Bowman can. Physical limitations are just that, limitations. He is physically incapable of making the kind of plays Bow does and unless you are stating that he has more football smarts, or superior intincts to Bow?
The quoted post is a doosey. Saving for the next time you make a similar statement comparing a rookie to a 49ers all pro.
When Bowman came into the league, and started flying around, he stood out on the field. I was excited when he was set to replace Spikes in year two, but people said, "Spikes was a vet, and he was in there for a reason. Bowman misses tackles, he is a third round pick, he is too small, and I am worried about that position." All the same kind of stuff.
Borland played middle linebacker at Wisconsin, so he is more ready than Bowman was coming out of Penn State as an outside linebacker.
People are saying that he seems like he knows what he is doing out there. Even veterans are asking HIM questions about the defense. Willis himself said that Borland reminds him of Bowman.
As for the physical:
I don't know what his stinkin 40 time is, and I don't care. On the field, his feet move extremely quick. He changes direction extremely quick. He can dance around defenders and slug them in the mouth. He is not a little guy. He is short, but very solid and muscular, and delivers an explosive hit to the blocker.
I don't give a hoot what his "three cone" says he can do (I don't know what it is), because on the football field, this guys speed and movement stand out.
I watched the other linebackers playing with him, they were not as instinctive as Borland was.
Skov was fairly impressive also, just not as physically gifted as Borland. Moody simply doesn't have the instincts. Wilhoite is solid, very athletic, but not a natural linebacker. Neither display the power or feet of Borland. Can they run faster in a perfectly straight line? I bet they can. Do I care? No.
Borland can't replace Bowman, no one can, but I think he will be good from day one and has some upside.
Borland is a like an athletic Gary Plummer. Plummer was our best linebacker on our 94 Super Bowl team. I think Borland is similar, and in time, I think he can be even better than Plummer, because he is so athletic.
We'll have to see.