From the FanPosts. -Joel
So on top of reviewing the First Team's two possessions (you can see them here), I also took the time to review all of Poe's 22 snaps last night. I've gotta admit, I was not happy with the Poe pick on draft day, although I did slightly warm up to the idea after I, like many of you, decided to give Crennel the benefit of the doubt and see if he could develop another Vince Wilfork type NT. Poe has one preseason game under his belt, and it's about what you'd expect from an 11th overall pick that really had no business being an 11th overall pick.
So here it is:
1st Quarter, 3:32 (3rd and 11)
This was the Houston sack. Poe gets a big push up the middle with Bailey on his right and Berry on his left. Together the 3 of them collapse the pocket, shoving linemen back into Skelton's face so Hali, Houston and DJ can finish him off.
2nd Quarter, 13:21 (2nd and 14)
Poe commands a double team and gets his hand up to tip a pass. Incomplete.
2nd Quarter, 13:15 (3rd and 14)
Pass rush. Commands a double team at first, but he gets no push, and one of the blockers leaves him. The blocker left stands Poe up. It's all good though because Hali terrorizes Levi Brown again and pressures Skelton. Abe Elam gets an INT.
2nd Quarter, 11:20 (1st and 10)
Poe commands a double team, and has a 3rd O lineman just standing behind the first two, just staring at Poe. Since he was obviously infatuated with Poe's dashing good looks, I suppose I'll call this a triple team. Incomplete pass.
2nd Quarter, 11:12 (2nd and 10)
Run play. One on one block, and he's the last off the line. Gets stood up and apparently loses the ball. He could have shed his blocker and tackled the RB for a gain of 1, but instead the RB slips right by him for a gain of 4.
2nd Quarter, 10:02 (1st and 10)
Pass rush. Again slow off the snap, and gives no push, but does command a double team. Ropati Pitoitua (what a freaking name, I had to look at it 3 times before I spelled it right) and Amon Gordon both collapse the outside of the pocket and Scheffield gets a sack. Poe seemed stuck on the LoS.
2nd Quarter, 9:24 (2nd and 16)
Gets taken out of a run left by a single blocker and pushed into Pitoitua. Again he was slow off the snap. 6 yard gain.
2nd Quarter, 4:28 (1st and 10)
Run up the middle, right at Poe. Poe gets manhandled by the center, pushed backwards, and actually pushed to the ground. (Pancaked) Gain of 12.
2nd Quarter, 3:58 (1st and 10)
Good response to being pancaked. Commands a double team, maneuvers through the pile and was set up to make a tackle had Scheffield not made the tackle first. Really good job by Poe navigating the LoS and pile. Gain of 2.
2nd Quarter, 3:24 (2nd and 7)
Poe commands a triple team, gives Ropati a one on one, and Ropati pressures the QB. Incomplete.
2nd Quarter, 0:12 (1st and 10)
Pass. Gets a double team, no push, but doesn't go back either. Gain of 5.
3rd Quarter, 15:00 (1st and 10)
Off the line quick, makes a push, but it's to the left of the QB. Pass right incomplete. No visible effect on the play.
3rd Quarter, 14:56 (2nd and 10)
Run play. Po gets stood up and pushed back. The RB bounces to the left and takes it 65 yards. The entire DL sucked on this play.
3rd Quarter, 14:15 (1st and 10)
Quick pass right. Poe is quick off the snap, gets a good push on a triple team, but the quick pass right wins this battle. Gain of 6. Poe was pretty irrelevant in this play, because of the design, even though it was a good showing by him.
3rd Quarter, 13:30 (2nd and 4)
Run play. One on one. Poe plugs the middle, Greenwood makes a play and tackles the RB for a gain of 2.
3rd Quarter, 12:45 (3rd and 2)
Again one on one. Good push up the middle, pushes center into QB's face, flushes QB out of the pocket, but he runs for a first down. Gain of 3.
3rd Quarter, 12:08 (1st and Goal from the 2)
Gets laid out again, on his back. Fortunately Greenwood, Bailey and Ropati make a good play for a loss of 3.
3rd Quarter, 11:21 (2nd and goal from the 4)
One on one. Gets some push, but it's a quick pass to the right. Gain of 3.
3rd Quarter, 10:42 (3rd and Goal from the 2)
One on one again, gets a little push. Quick pass right. Incomplete.
3rd Quarter, 10:37 (4th and Goal from the 2)
Run play. Again, one on one. Poe could have made the stop, but he gets manhandles by the blocker and again pancaked. The RB was literally within arms reach as he was going down. Gordon is more to blame for this play though, as he gets double teamed, pancaked and pushed into Greenwood, taking him out of the play. All in all the entire DL kind of sucked on this play. TOUCHDOWN
3rd Quarter, 6:30 (1st and 10)
Good push and a spin move. Helps collapse pocket and hurry QB. Incomplete pass.
3rd Quarter, 6:25 (2nd and 10)
One on one. Gets a good push up the middle. Also gets a hand up as the ball is thrown. Looked close to another tip. Incomplete pass.
FIRST PREGAME CONCLUSION:
As I said, Poe looks like an 11th overall pick that shouldn't have been an 11th overall pick. I have no doubt that Crennel is going to get as much as he can out of Poe as is possible, and honestly, I think that's a lot. There IS potential here, but it's going to take some time.
Poe has a tendency to be the last lineman off the snap, and about half the time he got either no push, or pancaked. And that's another issue. I can live with not getting a push, and even not getting consistent double teams... but getting pancaked 3 times in a game by 2nd string players needs to stop. A lot of the times he got laid out was because of his footwork and leverage. He definitely needs to work on his technical skills.
All that said, the guy had some really nice positives to build on. The push on the Houston sack was impressive, as was the tipped pass while he was double teamed. For the most part he shows ok recognition skills (more often than not he seemed to know what was going on around him). I also like the spin move he did at one point. Dude is no doubt highly athletic. We just need to get that athleticism to show on every snap, every time.
Poe has a ways to go, but there is a lot of potential there. He seems to want to learn, and is already flashing glimpses of his ability. Considering that this was just the first preseason game, I would say he did a good job. I'm still a little aggravated at him being picked at 11th, but that's probably because I have little patience. I need to let it go already and trust that Pioli and RAC know what they're doing. The entire team, looks really, really promising this year with or without Poe. And after all, I was saying pre draft that we could skip our #1 pick and probably still win the division. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Pioli and RAC went with a guy that can pay huge dividends come mid season or next year...
Bottom line: I think this kid will be good, but it will take some time. Hve patience peeps.