Like a bad apple, I am back. Let's dance!!!
I'm kind of coming in on this and every other topic dead cold, so you guys will have to brief me on anything I've missed.
To the topic of this thread: I agree with soul. I have always wondered about the durability of having a player who weighs 340-350 lbs like Cordy Glenn did this past season at the University of Georgia, you know, whether it is more of a hindrance to be that massive and have the big gut than to be a little smaller and more athletic. I can remember reading up on some of the game of football's greatest coaches and their philosophies when it comes to their player, and I can think of no better person to paraphrase than the legendary Paul Brown when he was head coach at Ohio State in the 1940s, who said something along the lines that he refused to accept any fat players on his team. This almost has to be because they break down easily. Just think about it: if Player A, who weighs 320 lbs, breaks his leg, is he going to recover faster than Player B, who weighs 350 lbs? Think of it this way: while Player A is still a monster size-wise and will have more pressure from his weight being applied naturally than I would since I weigh 279 lbs, wouldn't Player B, by dent of logic, have even more pressure from his extreme weight on that broken leg? That's 30 more pounds of pressure, and therefore, that player will struggle more at recovery. So, in a nutshell, I agree with soulman. Not only are linemen at 320 lbs more mobile, they are more likely to recover from injury more expediently than the 350 monstrosities are.