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Discussion in 'Chicago Bears' started by Henry Burris, Nov 9, 2013.
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What are the plans for Boggs then?
You want your strength on the left side, which is the back side on a right hand qb. Kyle is our #1 draft pick and you want the best out of him long term. We won't be drafting 1st round oline men next year. Mills would do fine with a vet FA RG next year. Brown, Britton, and Boggs don't look like probable stand ins.
Who knows what happens next year. Maybe Garza returns again or they don't renew Slauson. Longterm my money is on Kyle moving to the left side.
But why mess up something that isn't broken? Why teach Long a new position when where he is at is working out so well? You move him to the other side, you could completely see him fail. Then what? Move him back? What if the person you replaced him with is also performing well? Switch them sides?
You don't fix something that isn't broken, and you don't fill a void by teaching two people to play a new position.
Easiest answer: draft a center.
I would be extremely shocked if they didn't extend Slauson. I don't think they'll let him walk. He's been solid.
Hell no, he's relatively cheap, and one of the few free agents that has proven his worth thus far. They're gonna have the money to re-sign him, for sure.
Keep Mills and Long on the right. Re-sign Slauson... DRAFT AN FN CENTER
Bam! Offensive line set for a few years.
Benj, Tough crowd today. If Garza comes back there is nothing to fix right now. If we are forced to deal with it, we should make to most of it.
LG (and LT) is considered a more difficult position than RG and we want to get max value out of our 1st round draft pick. Kyle may fail, but I doubt it. He has upside and lets take advantage of it. Kyle played left guard (and LT) at Oregon so he is not 'learning a new position.'
Slauson has been playing for 4 years now. He has some more mileage on him. He plays smart and follows the ball to block downfield. A lot like Garza in that sense. He has also played center for the Jets, so again he is not learning a new position. I am sure he is rusty, but you don't forget how to play a position. I would rather see a vet in at center and backfill a RG.
I am not a coach, but I have recently stayed at a Hampton Inn...
SO, then the easiest solution(s) would be to either
A. Move Slauson to C and draft a RG to replace Slauson.
B. Draft a C
Moving Long from one side to the other does not make sense.