The San Francisco 49ers didn’t only lose a gritty starting cornerback (Tarell Brown), they also lost their All-Pro left guard Mike Iupati. The American Samoa native sustained a mild MCL sprain to his left knee (Grade 1); (RB) Frank Gore was unintentionally tackled into the back of his vulnerable left leg. Thankfully, the injury to the mountainous Samoan wasn’t diagnosed as season ending; however, he will miss a couple of critical games down the road. Replacing his void would be the 31-year old veteran, Adam Snyder. Conveniently enough, Snyder is a valuable added commodity that can play every position on the 49ers’ offensive line.
The 6’6 (325 lb.) guard out of Fullerton, California, has the prized versatility that every NFL coach looks for in a typical offensive lineman. He can play left guard, right guard, left tackle, right tackle, and occasionally some snaps at center as well. In his three-year stint at the University of Oregon, Snyder became one of the most decorated linemen of all time within the Pac-10 conference. He was the honorary Duck recipient of the coveted Morris Trophy, which epitomized his performance of excellence at the offensive line. After college he entered the (2005) NFL Draft and was chosen by the San Francisco 49ers on a 3rd round pick. For seven years, the old-timer remained loyal to the 49ers for seven years until he signed a brief 5-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Nevertheless, his days as a Cardinal was cut rather short when he was discarded off the team in just his first year in regards to poor coverage on both passing and rushing formations. Immediately, coach Jim Harbaugh picked up the phone and asked the savvy trench war-horse if he wanted to reconnect with his former team. A celebratory welcome back party would be in place. Entering his 8th year with the red and gold prospectors, Snyder still possesses the distinct familiarity of the 49ers’ west coast offense. His critics have mentioned that he has lost a step and that age is finally taking a toll on the offensive dynamo, as shown in his lackluster performance with the Cardinals.
This starting opportunity for Snyder couldn’t have come at a better time; he does have something to prove. Hopefully, he’ll make that statement clear against the Washington Redskins, under the “Monday Night Lights”.