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#1 jarhead

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:43 AM

Unless we make some upgrades I am afraid our OL will be subpar. We just invested additional money in a running game we have a small fortune invested in already.We will also need to protect the passer who is the face of our franchise.

When I look at the OL we have a RT that has been good when on the field but injured 80% of his career.We have a good LT and everyone else is average to below average.Unlike some I was not overly impressed with the latest signing.My guess is our 1st and 2nd rd picks will be defense.

Someone tell me I am just having a delusional moment but I have always felt you build your offense and defense beginning with the line.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:51 AM

Kalil?

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:55 AM

Kalil?

He is great I was referring to guards and tackles...my bad

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:58 AM

Our OL will be fine. Even if there are holes Cam knows how to scramble and dive when necessary.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:00 AM

Losing one starter on the line means we toast?

So negative.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:06 AM

Losing one starter on the line means we toast?

So negative.

So you think Bell is fine at rt

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:11 AM

I think Bell well be fine at RT, not a super star but I think he did fine last year all things considering, and he'll be more experienced and in better shape after a full year of NFL training.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:12 AM

You are correct to be concerned.

Gross is getting long in the tooth, but if healthy, will be okay.
Both guard spots are of huge concern
Kalil will be good again, Pollak is insurance for Bernadeau being the C backup
Otah, who knows.

I have mentioned before that we have spent money on RB's but might be a bumpy road if there are no holes for them to run.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:20 AM

You are correct to be concerned.

Gross is getting long in the tooth, but if healthy, will be okay.
Both guard spots are of huge concern
Kalil will be good again, Pollak is insurance for Bernadeau being the C backup
Otah, who knows.

I have mentioned before that we have spent money on RB's but might be a bumpy road if there are no holes for them to run.

If you look at when Dwil and jstew had break out years we had Vincent at rg and Otah was healthy.When a rt has ongoing knee problems its usually does not get better

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:44 AM

did it last year?

i can't imagine it being worse than last year. i fully expect it to be better, actually.

the draft hasn't happened and free agency has really just begun and there are going to be a few more waves of FA activity.

the FO and coaching staff knows that the OL needs help and i seriously doubt we are going to see nothing done.

they'll bring in a good bit of competition for starting and depth positions throughout the offseason via FA and the draft and the line will have not just a full offseason under its belt, but for most of it a full season under their belts as well. it took a lot of time for the Oline to catch on to the blocking scheme last year. they were having just as much trouble as the defense was with learning the schemes and protections and staying healthy as the defense.was in learning and understanding the new scheme and staying healthy.

it's something that needs to be addressed, but i'm confident will be.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:56 AM

A couple of things. I think thhat this beiing a contract year, Otah will suck it up and play fine. Hee knows if he doesn't play this year he wwill never get that big payday and will have a hard time going ellsewhere. If he does play and lets be honest, he hurt his meniscus which was surgically repaired and should be 100%, then we really have 3 very good players already plugged in. Bell and Hangman should be able to fill in at guard as they were starters last year. Pollak comes after starting 40 games for Indy. Then you have Williams who the FO like and Ziemba who should be depth.

I think the O line will be signifiicantly better than last year just with Otah back and Bell and Williams as backups. Yeah I know Otah is a question mark but it is time forr him to step up or step aside,

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:05 AM

I am hoping our new fb should help in blocking but have little faith that Otah can get healthy enough to play a whole season.If Gross goes down I think we will have real problems.To me a great running game helps the defense as well.Last year was good but not to the level it has been.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:08 AM

Tolbert should help a little with blocking but I think the OL will be ok unless they have a lot of injuries again this year.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:11 AM

I'm concerned about it, yes

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:13 AM

I am hoping our new fb should help in blocking but have little faith that Otah can get healthy enough to play a whole season.If Gross goes down I think we will have real problems.To me a great running game helps the defense as well.Last year was good but not to the level it has been.


Instead of saying we have a ton invested in the running game you should have said we have a ton invested in the offensive line already. Just Gross aand Kalil account for almost 20 million in cap room. Add the dead cap space from Wharton and the rest of the guys who are still cheap and what we have now accounts for almost a 1/5 of the total cap. I don't think we need to bring in muchh else at this point. Besides there will be a lot of decent guys who could play who won't even offered a contract atall this year and could come in if needed later in the year.
We have other positions that need to be upgraded like corner, safety and linebacker as well as adding another DE before we need to do anything about the OL.


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