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A 49er's Fan Perspective On The Signing Of Spikes

Posted on: August 12, 2008 4:56 pm



At first glance this would seem like great news. However, you won't find me doing cartwheels or backflips any time soon. Here's why...

Blame it on age or injury, Spikes is clearly a player on the decline. HIs career got off to a great start after he was drafted by the Bengals in the first round of the 1998 draft. I remember him distinctly because the Bengals took 2 LBs in the middle of the first round of the draft that year, Spikes and Brian Simmons. I remember thinking to myself, "What team drafts 2 ILBs in the first round within 5 picks of each other? Who's the better LB?" Anyways, the Bengals did well for themselves with Spikes and Simmons, which of course, was overshowed by the Bengals ineptitude on offense and lack of ability to win games most of those years. The numbers say Spikes out performed Simmons. Simmons had some good years primarily after Spikes left for Buffalo.

I'm not quite sure that Spikes was a "star" in Buffalo. He was definitely one of the top free agent signings of 2003. He started out of the gate strong and "BAM!" the injury bug hit in 2005. Since then, he hasn't been able to play a full season. At this point in his career, Spikes is an injury risk. So much so that he was traded from Buffalo (albeit, overshadowed by London Fletcher) to the Eagles. With the Eagles, he was an average LB at best, not necessarily the gamechanger he was when playing for the Bengals. And then the injury bug bit again. Spikes never did win his job back. The Eagles felt Stewart Bradley was the better MIKE LB moving forward. In short, Spike has been replaced by a 2nd year player.

What happened to Takeo Spikes? he was cut on March 1st and didn't get picked up by the 49ers until a few days ago. There is no demand for Spikes.

However, All is not bad with the Spikes signing. He will play the Ted position next to Patrick Willis. it helps that Spikes played in the 3-4 in Cinci. Willis is the show stopper on the defense. If Spikes can remain healthy throughout the year, then he should be an above average LB with the supporting cast. The negative is that Spikes will continue to be a near average player. The good news is that is all we will need him to be. So temper your expectations...


Category: NFL

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2008 12:57 pm

A 49er's Fan Perspective On The Signing Of Spikes

regardless - P-willy is going to dominate and Manny Lawson is going to tear it up. If the Offense can convert 2x the amount of of 3rd down attempts they did compared to last year, the Niners D is going to be Scary good...

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2008 7:05 pm

A 49er's Fan Perspective On The Signing Of Spikes

Depends on what Brandon's role with the team would've been. Brandon Moore was good at rushing the passer. It would've been better to play him in spot duty at OLB in the 3-4. However, Spikes is a better every down player.

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2008 6:59 pm

A 49er's Fan Perspective On The Signing Of Spikes

Spikes almost signed with Detroit before the Niners picked him up.. He is a bigger step up and beefs up the middle. Next to P-Willy, that will be a killer combo. We didnt spend that much cash on him. If he is not injured throughout the year,  he will be more valuable than what he got paid. I think you are trippin' that he can't have a comeback year though. Give it time and lets see what happens....

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2008 6:51 pm

A 49er's Fan Perspective On The Signing Of Spikes

Dont forget that Spikes was about to sign with Detroit - big improvement from Brandon Moore. He is huge and will be an instant threat next to Patrick Willis immeidately..

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