Shaffer has shown me that he can be an adequate starter in the NFL. For the same reason, Garza has not. Again, I don't think Shaffer is going to revolutionize the LT position, but I think if we upgrade the LG position, his play will be better. I don't think however if we upgrade the LT position, we'll get better play from Garza. I think he will always be average on his best days as a starting guard in this league. His future is at center, and I think the best thing the team can do is get a veteran OG that can facilitate his move to C, which as you guys say will help improve the team.
Shaffer never showed me that. What he did show me was that he was, much more often than not, a huge liability in pass protection. I literally lost track of how many times I saw Rice come around the edge untouched in our second game against Tampa. Say all you want about Rice being a top tier end in the league; bottom line, you have
to get a hand on a defender to even have a chance to block him. Since we face this guy twice a year, we have to do what we can to make sure it doesn't happen.
Garza, IMO, is ill-placed at center. He just doesn't seem to have the technique or the ability to be the "brain" of an offensive line like a center should be. If we could combine him with McClure, however, we'd probably have the ultimate Gibbs centers
I also think that a guard will help us better in the run game, because it should free up McClure more to get after linebackers downfield, and not have to worry so much about blocking DTs up front.
I don't know. Our biggest problem with the OL this season was holding the pressure off of Vick for 2-3 seconds on any kind of consistent basis. Duckett and Dunn combined for roughly as many yards as Dillon got, about the same average per carry, and did it without the consistent passing game that New England has. We can run the ball successively, especially when our passing game is a decent threat. If we can give Vick time, keep him from panicing, and allow him to begin to trust that his OL has his back... just maybe he'll learn to be patient and our passing game will develop. Besides, when we gave Vick a contract with 37 million of fully guaranteed money, we made a vow to protect him, our investment.
I think this team if it's going to be spending $5-7.5 million in bonus money on an O-lineman it needs to go to the better player, and I think DeMulling and Wahle are that instead of Diem.
Wahle would be awesome, and on the assumption Green Bay lets him go, is a player I'd love to have on the team. I didn't see enough of DeMulling or Diem to form the same opinion, so I won't comment on them.
There aren't many guards in this draft that I feel are good fits for Gibbs scheme, and/or are good enough to be starters by 2006.
What do you think of Chris Myers, Jake Anderson and Jeff Berk?
As for McClure, I agree an upgrade is something to strive for in future years, but I think it's more important to have a capable LT and LG that can block one-on-one because its very hard to find a center that can handle 300-pound DTs alone. Very few teams in the league have this, so its not really realistic to expect us to find one IMO...
I honestly don't find you're gonna find but maybe one or two players every five years who fit well into a Gibbs scheme that can block a player one-on-one consistenly from an interior position. Denver got pretty lucky with finding Nalen. Neil certainly had the talent at Texas, but dropped due to size concerns.
I'm not saying to go OL with every pick here, but I think there are a few different guys we can look at during each round:
1st - Jammal Brown (probably gone before the 20th pick IMO) and Khalif Barnes (a good combine showing should put him late 1st, early 2nd. He may be available during our 2nd pick if he isn't on his game that day)
2nd - Vince Carter (if he weighs in around 295-300) Mike Munoz (Khalif could be here, as I stated)
3rd - Greg Eslinger if Carter is gone, Chris Myers maybe? Nick Kazcur
4th - Drew Hogdon, Alex Herron, Jake Anderson, Rian Melander
5th and lower (any of the 3rd-4th rounders could drop here, IMO)
In the 6th, if he's there, I would be willing to take a chance on Richie Incognito. Yeah, the guy's got all kinds of personality questions. However, in the 6th and 7th rounds, you're mostly looking for guys who are either special teams contributors, training camp fodder, or people to push other guys for their spots.
he gets his head right, could challenge for any one of our starting OL spots IMO. I think he could fit in at back-up at every spot this year, and possibly start at any position in 2006 we didn't address otherwise this offseason.