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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Martin Chase is a gap control player. If that is what you want he will do it better than Kenny Smith. One sack means nothing really because his play strength is filling and maintaining rush lanes. Everyone probably hoped when ...

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Old 07-26-2003, 10:56 AM   #11
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Martin Chase is a gap control player. If that is what you want he will do it better than Kenny Smith. One sack means nothing really because his play strength is filling and maintaining rush lanes. Everyone probably hoped when he was brought in that he would develop more push to disrupt the backfield, but he does what he has shown he can do, control the center of the line and stop the run in there. Is he great at it, no.
I just felt comparing his sack total to Smith is no indication of his value considering they have opposite styles as a DT. That would be like comparing Ted Washington to LaRoi Glover, sure Glover has more sacks, but is he a more valuable tackle? Both execute their strengths in different ways.
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Old 07-26-2003, 02:16 PM   #12
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Ok, since I\'m a big Kenny Smith fan. Why do you say that Chase is a better gap player than Smith? Chase only has 15-pounds on Smith, which is not a great deal. Smith is also stronger than Chase.

I\'m not saying your wrong but I\'m not saying your right either. Smith was one hell of a player in college. You\'ll see why the coaches are so high on him this year. He\'s a good all around player that can play pretty much every position on the line.
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Old 07-26-2003, 02:26 PM   #13
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Billy I\'m not trashing Kenny. He has way more potential than Chase and at this point in both their careers they have hit a cross roads. I base that opinion from the spot duty I have watched them in. Chase seemed more effective in controlling his gaps at the line of scrimmage, while Smith seemed to have more of a push towards the QB. He got into the backfield and changed the play direction. Even though Kenny is measurably stronger, he didn\'t seem to hold as well at the point. Whether 15 pounds makes that difference, technique, or lower body strength, I don\'t know. Given the two players I would rather see Smith in there simply because I\'d rather have opportunity for forcing plays.
It\'s like the Waskington/Glover arguement. Both are good players, they are just good at different things, even though in this case size is the blatant difference as to why.
Chase or Smith, I take Smith. Chase is good for depth to rotate in on early downs, or to get into a jumbo package.
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Old 07-26-2003, 02:30 PM   #14
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OK LummOx. I\'ll take your word for it. I wish I would have taped the games from the last couple of years, so I could go back and look at things like that. I will tape them this year.
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