Aubrayo: Put Me In Coach - NBC Bay Area


Coverage of the San Francisco 49ers

Aubrayo: Put Me In Coach



    Aubrayo: Put Me In Coach
    Getty Images
    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 12: Aubrayo Franklin #92 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with teammate Kentwan Balmer #96 after Franklin intercepts a Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears pass at Candlestick Park on November 12, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Aubrayo Franklin;Kentwan Balmer

    The San Francisco 49ers have finished 2010 training camp, and Aubrayo Franklin has not participated in one single practice. He would like to be given the starting job and significant playing time right away please, coach.

    He will get the starting job. But as far as playing time Thursday night against the Chargers, Coach Singletary is not so sure.

    Franklin signed his one-year offer and joined the 49ers Saturday. As the team's franchise player and perhaps the best nose tackle in the NFL, Aubrayo Franklin gets the starting job with no arguments from second-year converted defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois.

    He will also want to play this week after only a couple of practices.

    "Yeah, I want to play Thursday," Franklin told Comcast Sportsnet, when asked about Thursday's Chargers game. "I think just to see where I'm at right now. It's different than just going out and practicing."

    Not so fast, says Samurai Mike. Coach Singletary indicated Franklin would get at the most one series, and maybe not even that. "I'm not excited about him playing," Singletary told the Press Democrat's Phil Barber.

    Bay Area Faithful should be excited whether or not Franklin plays. Thursday night's game is not blacked out, and will be on live TV.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who is gearing up for yet another repeat viewing of the Saturday night's 49ers win at 11 p.m. PDT tonight on the NFL Network.