3 days ago
thanksfella said: Sio Moore was a good draft pick a capable starter with Burris and Rivera being great depth pieces ,i consider burris a liability in coverage and a stiff tackler and Rivera having poor blocking skills with slow speed. Hayden has had bad luck but i think he can be elite,. Bergstrom, Criner, and Crawford i think will be solid depth pieces while MCgee, Murry, Watson and Butler can be solid starters. i know it doesnt look great on paper, but capable backups are key. DA was never my first choice.
Well, ideally we’d get some starters to go with those capable backups, but with all the free agents picked up this year, I suppose it’ll do for now.
I like Sio too, but like Burris, I wouldn’t call him a complete player…yet. I see Burris as more of a run stuffer and Sio a pass rusher—he might even become a situational third down pass rusher a la Lance Johnstone—we’ll see. Either way, linebacker is a complicated position with a lot of responsibilities, so it may just take time. Hopefully we have a good enough team around them to give it to them.
As for Rivera, last week Tom Flores, Jim Plunkett and Greg Papa were talking about how the coaching staff was putting Rivera in a position to succeed, namely by putting him in motion before running plays to give him a running start. The strategy seemed to be effective. His blocking skills may be in question, but we’re working with it, and most importantly he’s got hella hands on a team where everybody drops just about everything.
Unfortunately, bad luck can mean a bad career in this league—the competition’s just too high. Being a first round pick, Hayden will get his chances but he’s running out of them, whether it’s his fault or not. Again, hoping for the best, bracing for the worst.
The bottom line is, these are first, second and third year players all deserving of a chance in this league (usually three years). This is a big year for them, and for Reggie and DA as well. We’ll see what happens.