There is a reason why the best OL are usually extremely intelligent too. It's not just 5 fat guys battling 5 DL's. My son was a LT. During his career he did play some guard too. But he told me it is a HUGE change from tackle to guard. It's not a situation where you just jamb these guys into slots interchangeably - and expect to see a seamless transition. It's a big change moving from one side of the OL to the other too. Also, playing in space as a tackle is different from playing guard.
Sure, you can swap players around and play them out of position. Mike Tice football. But don't expect the results to be much different from last season - or the year before that. You end up with a toilet full of floating turds. It stinks.
Ah, remember the good old days when everyone thought of Mike Tice as an offensive line coaching genius? Then he put together back to back seasons of offensive lines ranked in the 30's, and we saw through the BS.
1. Start with crap for players.
2. Move your players around a lot to new positions.
3. Be absolutely certain to play NFL players out of position (the ole' 'keep 'em guessing' thing).
4. Use ample pixie dust to sprinkle on the turds & they will turn out to be fine offensive linemen.
5. Be sure to draft busts. That always helps.
We now have 1 decent guy for the OL this year - Bushrod. Beyond that, we have a bunch of Tice's "floaters" that we HOPE will turn into fantastic offensive lineman. I love it. It's just what Mike Tice would do (and Lovie and Angelo).
Plenty of blame to go around, we didn't invest on enough day 1 and 2 OL picks and we didn't develop the ones we did (and made some bad top picks when we did)
But it was madness to move our line around like we did, no time to form any chemistry or consiststantly and it showed
It really fell apart after Kreutz declined and left, garza should have never moved to center and I've said that since they day he did
With this being said its time to build a solid unit via the draft, this one is deep and gives us a great chance to add 2 quality players and possible starters
And maybe we get very lucky with coop or Warmack falling to us, I'm not holding my breath but is certinatly possible
We will have at least one rookie starter, maybe two. Not ideal but we are paying for the incompentence of the previous regime when it came to our oline. We need to really start to build a solid unit for the future
Bushrod is a good start but the interior is still a disaster that needs immeadiate and immense attention.
1.1 Complain about lack of blocking sleds to media. Purchase blocking sleds.
1.2 Remove box step from linemen. Install all important forward step in its place..
And of course :
6. Wait for offensive line to gel into a cohesive unit.
7. Add nothing and continue to wait for gelling to occur.
I also really think Kromer LOVES big G's. Moving to G could actually really help Fluker, and he's much bigger then Warmack, who I LOVE. I like Cooper, he's just to small for me, and I think Kromer too. I also have become interested in Travis Fredrick at C. He's supposed to have poor footwork and not real good in space, but he's another tough road grater. I want a huge OL, myself. So right now, I'm obsessing with an OL like this going into next season:
Bushrod - Fluker - Fredrick - Garza/Carimi/Louis - Webb
Garza achieved more at being moved to center in his first year by being a pro bowl alternate in 2011 than he ever did at guard. From what I remember about the situation, the guy never wanted the spot in the first place, but had it thrust upon him at the beginning of training camp of 2011. Tice did the same thing to him in 2010 and forced him to play LG, where he was awful and did not belong, but no one seems to remember that. I keep seeing the absurd notion of moving Garza back to guard and shake my head. He was okay at RG, but we always suffered in short yardage situations with him there.
The o-line fell apart year after year because Tice did not know how to structure depth. He allowed personal feelings and hopes to get in the way of what his eyes should have been telling him. Webb was not ready for RT, nor was he ready for LT. Omiyale had no business at RT. Shaffer had no business at swing tackle. When injuries happened, and they happened every year, we found ourselves always not ready looking for scraps to fit into the empty holes. It came to a head in 2012 when he cut Chris Williams and had Chilo Rachal go head case on him in the middle of the season right when we needed him most.
They had no plan for his retire, instead moved a gaurd to center and have used that failed idea ever sinse
No, it wasn't because of Kreutz I was just pointing out the mismanagement and lack of concern for our oline and his loss started the madness of schuffleing our line around ever since