BB: Sopoaga Ready

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    Re: BB: Sopoaga Ready

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    Nice article, thanks for posting it. Can't wait to see how he does this weekend.

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    Well, according to RKrap, Sopoaga is an older Kyle Love.  lmao

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    that is not a negative thing. you seem to forget Love played well enough to bump Vince to the outside. you also seem to forget BB awarded Love a nice contract.

    you also post about this new player like you have seen and scouted him extensively, which you have not. you never, ever watch players actually practice, nor have you seen them play live. people who have, see a 12 year vet, that after signing a contract for 3 years with Philly, was shown the door after 8 games. people who have been watching him play say he has lost his desire.

    lets hope he hasnt. but lets not sit here and listen to you say BB fleeced the NFL....again. this is a guy who has not played up to his contract this year, and was being passed on the depth chart by 2 players, not one player. this is a player that was given away, even though Philly is 1 game out of first place in a very winnable division. this was a guy that was given away by a team that is playing mostly 3-4 defense.

    sure, he can be re energized playing here. most any big body would be an upgrade against the run over Vellano. but dont sit here and tell us BB did it again. you have no clue if this guy lasts the season or 1 game, depending on if Kely or Armstead may or may not return. I have doubts on both, which is why Soap was signed 

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    That's not why BB bounced Vince to the outside at times in the 3-4 at all. In fact, BB didn't play much 3-4 in 2011 or last year.

    BB bounced Vince to the outside at times because he wanted to take away the strong side runs.  It was more strategic than "Love is a good NT".

    As for Sopoaga being let go by Philly, it has a lot more to do with his money owed in 2014 and them realizing they'd be better off moving on, knowing their 3-4 is a mistake.  They're better off playing 4-3 because Cox, Cole and Graham have all SUCKED in the 3-4.

    Get it?

    NE may not quite be SF talent or quality on Defense, but it's awfully close.  NE has 3-4 experience, plays mostly 4-3 and a variety of Ds, which is similar to the 49ers where Sopoaga started in recent years.

    The problem in Philly with Sopoaga is that the others around him are having trouble adjusting to the 3-4.

    That's a fact. I posted an article about this recently.  You Sopoaga next to others here who understand 3-4 technique and he'll fit right in. Book it, RKrap.

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    So Philly lets him go now for nothing, even though if they keep him for the full year and then cut him, it costs them $1M? That's the most ridiculous thing you have posted in a while. 

    Face it, other than Bb signing him, you have no clue how this guy has been playing this year, and you even have less of a clue how he will play the remainder of the year

     
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    Re: BB: Sopoaga Ready

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    [QUOTE]Belichick: Sopoaga primed to play Sunday November, 1, 2013 NOV 1 11:55 AM ET By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Veteran defensive tackle  Isaac Sopoaga has practiced with the  New England Patriots each of the past three days since being acquired in a trade from the Eagles, and coach Bill Belichick said Friday that there is a good chance Sopoaga will play Sunday against the Steelers. 

    “We have a couple more days to clean up a few things, but if he continues to progress through the week, I don’t think there’s any reason why he shouldn’t be ready to play,” Belichick said. 

    Sopoaga Belichick made the point that acquiring Sopoaga at this point of the season is different from signing a free-agent, as he’s in “football shape” from having played in every game (39 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps). 

    “He’s in good condition, his reactions are what you’d expect them to be,” Belichick noted. “He just has to get familiar with our terminology and some of the way we play certain blocks and what his responsibilities are on blitzes and that kind of thing. He’s a smart guy and he obviously has a lot of experience.” 

    From a big-picture standpoint, Belichick was asked what he remembers about Sopoaga from the 2004 draft. Sopoaga, who played at Hawaii, had visited Gillette Stadium and was a prospect the team had interest in selecting before he went in the fourth round (49ers). 

    “We talked about taking him, and we were going to take him, but we were a round late,” Belichick said, pointing out that the team had already selected defensive tackle  Vince Wilfork in the first round. 

    “You can never have too many defensive linemen, and that was kind of the conversation. He was right there. We were ready to take him and we said ‘We think we can get him one round later,' we’d already taken a couple guys, and probably waited a little too long on that one.” 

    Asked if Sopoaga’s career has played out how he projected, Belichick said: “That’s a pretty good fourth-round pick, I’d say. I think if you knew what his career was going to be, he would have gone in the second. He could have gone in the first ahead of some other people that had been drafted in that round, obviously. I’d say he’s had a real good career. For a fourth-round pick that’s done what he’s done, there aren’t too many of them that have done that. I think it’s been pretty good.”   http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4752388/belichick-sopoaga-primed-to-play-sunday?ex_cid=espnapi_public[/QUOTE]

    I hope he doesn't get hit by the injury bug like Kelly and Vince. With the loss of those 2 this could really turn out to be a very good signing.

     
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    Re: BB: Sopoaga Ready

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    In response to Harvey-Wallbanger's comment:
    [QUOTE]Belichick: Sopoaga primed to play Sunday November, 1, 2013 NOV 1 11:55 AM ET By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Veteran defensive tackle  Isaac Sopoaga has practiced with the  New England Patriots each of the past three days since being acquired in a trade from the Eagles, and coach Bill Belichick said Friday that there is a good chance Sopoaga will play Sunday against the Steelers. 

    “We have a couple more days to clean up a few things, but if he continues to progress through the week, I don’t think there’s any reason why he shouldn’t be ready to play,” Belichick said. 

    Sopoaga Belichick made the point that acquiring Sopoaga at this point of the season is different from signing a free-agent, as he’s in “football shape” from having played in every game (39 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps). 

    “He’s in good condition, his reactions are what you’d expect them to be,” Belichick noted. “He just has to get familiar with our terminology and some of the way we play certain blocks and what his responsibilities are on blitzes and that kind of thing. He’s a smart guy and he obviously has a lot of experience.” 

    From a big-picture standpoint, Belichick was asked what he remembers about Sopoaga from the 2004 draft. Sopoaga, who played at Hawaii, had visited Gillette Stadium and was a prospect the team had interest in selecting before he went in the fourth round (49ers). 

    “We talked about taking him, and we were going to take him, but we were a round late,” Belichick said, pointing out that the team had already selected defensive tackle  Vince Wilfork in the first round. 

    “You can never have too many defensive linemen, and that was kind of the conversation. He was right there. We were ready to take him and we said ‘We think we can get him one round later,' we’d already taken a couple guys, and probably waited a little too long on that one.” 

    Asked if Sopoaga’s career has played out how he projected, Belichick said: “That’s a pretty good fourth-round pick, I’d say. I think if you knew what his career was going to be, he would have gone in the second. He could have gone in the first ahead of some other people that had been drafted in that round, obviously. I’d say he’s had a real good career. For a fourth-round pick that’s done what he’s done, there aren’t too many of them that have done that. I think it’s been pretty good.”   http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4752388/belichick-sopoaga-primed-to-play-sunday?ex_cid=espnapi_public[/QUOTE]

    I hope he doesn't get hit by the injury bug like Kelly and Vince. With the loss of those 2 this could really turn out to be a very good signing.

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    I don't want to jinx the guy, but he has been extremely durable. Reliability at this point is as much a factor as ability.

     
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    Re: BB: Sopoaga Ready

    If Soap is in good condition, why did Philly dump him for a ham sandwich? 

    If he in fact shores up the Patriots' line on running plays, that's a question for the Philly media to answer.  We'll see if Soap draws a double team or not.

     
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    Re: BB: Sopoaga Ready

    I'm hoping he can be a role player in run situations.  Anything better would be gravy but he's not really a superstar.  Seems like a good deal for both teams.  Patriots lost both their big bodies and need someone who can play that role reasonably well.  Eagles have extra bodies in that role at a cheaper price so they were never going to keep him.

     
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