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Aldon Smith could take Manny Lawson's job

Posted on: May 8, 2011 9:58 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Last year, Andy and I engaged in a war of words when discussing 49ers LB Manny Lawson. I called him one of the top-five 3-4 LBs in the league, and Andy tried to lambast me (though I parried most of his attempts and struck back effectively).

Anyway, with the 49ers drafting Aldon Smith in the first round of last week’s draft, you have to wonder what happens with Lawson (pictured at right) in 20Lawson 11. Especially since he’s not under contract at this point (though, if the 2010 rules are put into place for 2011, Lawson would, once again, be a restricted free agent).

According to Comcast Sports Net, Lawson still could play a big role with San Francisco if he returns to the club.

But it seems like, eventually, Smith will take over the starting role (which is a perfectly appropriate goal for a man taken with the No. 7 pick overall), because he’s about 25 pounds heavier than Lawson and stronger (though I doubt his pass coverage skills are as good as Lawson’s).

But as Will pointed out in his 49ers Offseason Checkup, San Francisco’s LB corps, with Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes is still pretty darn impressive. Even if Lawson isn’t retained.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:25 pm
 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:46 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:05 am
 

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Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Aldon Smith could take Manny Lawson's job

 Long story short: if the 49ers - or whatever team Lawson HOPEFULLY goes to - do not invest in a physical player to play opposite of Lawson he will not get to quarterback.

Manny Lawson had his a chance but isn't the player we all thought he was! Yes he was great in college where the game is a little slower but in the NFL he has shown that he is average.




Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:30 pm
 

49er Mismanagement

Is it Manny Lawson's fault that the 49ers have failed to provide the support necessary to get maximum performance from Lawson? No!  It is poor management on the part of the 49er leadership. 

Manny Lawson is a speed rusher.  He is too small to physically beat an offensive lineman, which is why he has been able to rush the passer but not actually get to the quarterback (a strength and weakness that has been known since college).  Long story short: if the 49ers - or whatever team Lawson HOPEFULLY goes to - do not invest in a physical player to play opposite of Lawson he will not get to quarterback.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:52 pm
 

How 'bout a position shift?

Could Lawson possibly be a brutal and destructive safety?  Just asking.   Agree he underperformed expectations as an LB, but I thought he had moments that shined in drop back coverage resulting in hard tackles and good plays.   He still has to take a cut to play tho... he needs to prove he's worth mo money before committing to more of his financial future.



Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:13 am
 

Aldon Smith could take Manny Lawson's job

The 49ers don't need Manny and his big ego! They drafted him because he was suppose to be so good at getting sacks! He didn't show that the time he was with the 49ers!

He is a waste of space!



Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:11 am
 

Aldon Smith could take Manny Lawson's job

Love to see the 49ers jettison Manny Lawson....he would make an ideal repacement for Channing Crowder and form a dynamic duo alongside Karlos Dansby for the formidable Dolphins defense.


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