ok, seriously, here is the way I see it. I could be wrong - hell my wife tells me I'm always wrong.
Tice likes Webb. I think he made an open competition to see if CWill could outplay him, but because of Webbs prototypical size (and perceived ceiling), I think CWill was going to have to seriously outplay Webb to get the spot. If they were close, Webb was going to get it. CWill was used as much to motivate Webb as he was to give Tice a look at his LT potential.
I'm with you guys. I have no idea how good Webb can be. I know he has the right size, but really in the NFL you also have to have the mental toughness, capacity and desire. I haven't seen that on a consistent basis from Webb. So when I pound on the guy I do it half jokingly just cuz. We all know that we need a good LT. I don't think we've seen his ceiling yet, but I do disagree on one thing -- I do think he was given a good chance last year. I won't say he sucked, but he wasn't all that good either. Can he get better? yeah he can and I think he will. I'm not sure he is the answer yet, but I'm not convinced he's not either.
I will say though that I think that the guys that were brought in to compete with him is not a good measure, We really didn't have anyone come in that I would say is better than average. So between the level of competition and the desire for Tice to realize Webbs potential, I think a good case can be made for why he is going to be the starter.
I guess what it comes down to for me is this. Is he our best LT right now? Probably with the possible exception of Carimi who is not going to be given that chance. Does that mean he is a great LT? No. Does that mean he won't be a great LT? No.
This year is going to tell us a lot about Webb and about Tice. Personally I think Tice has done a great job, but if Webb doesn't live up to Tice's hype, I've got a feeling that Emery could make some changes.
Despite all the crap I put on Webb, I'm 100% behind his being a great LT and winning the job.
How's that for seriousness? Now can I go back to bustin his balls? LOL!!