...with Jonathan Jones (link)
The offensive line, despite having two linemen with Pro Bowls on their resumes, is the biggest question mark on the team.
But Gettleman said it’s just a matter of time before the line solidifies and begins playing as one.
“I think you’ve got five guys that know how to play, now we’ve got to get them to play together,” Gettleman said during practice Wednesday. “The offensive line is the most difficult group to coordinate with. There’s five guys, they’ve got to move as one, think as one. They’ve got to trust each other. They’ve got to know what the other guy’s going to do when blitz and movement starts to happen. So there’s a lot of things going on in there. Do I have confidence they can do it? Yes, without even hesitating.
“I’m up in New York and we have the same offensive line together for five years. It was easy. They just knew each other. We’re not there yet. But these are very competent football players.”
And talks specifically about Chris Scott
Left tackle Jordan Gross and center Ryan Kalil are the stalwarts on the line. Byron Bell and Garry Williams are still settling into their positions as right tackle and right guard, respectively, and at left guard, veteran Travelle Wharton is expected to start with last year’s starter Amini Silatolu “still out” for Week 1, he said Wednesday.
It’s unclear what will happen to that position when Silatolu returns from a hamstring injury. Silatolu has only played left guard in his one-year career and Wharton hasn’t played on the right side in his nine years in the league.
“I don’t think there’s any issue,” Gettleman said. “I think the guy you guys are forgetting about is (reserve guard) Chris Scott, who we picked up early in camp and really has done a (heck) of a job. And he’s got the flexibility to move right and left. So there’s flexibility there.”