Anyone aware of Barrett Jones, C from Alabama's progress on recovering from his injury??
The guy was a very versatile guy in the interior over the last 4 years for Alabama.
He can play all 3 interior spots. IF Gino is not the guy in the middle, Jones would fit perfectly with his size and mentality.
Not having a stud at LT means you need to have a stout center. Jones if he is healthy, Travis Frederick if he is not...if Gino is not the guy.
I think the whole Oline is dependent on Gino's play right now.
I said he was the only one of the last 4 SB LTs who wasn't all pro. The article I posted from NY said he is very physical and very good at protecting the blind side which someone still laughs at.
Again, we started winning with Mac at LT and KO next to him and SF had all pro Joe Staley protecting their blind side. Denver got into the POs with all pro Ryan Clady at
LT and Atlanta had Tyson Clabo and their fans are worried about replacing him with
inexperience. They all won during the regular season protection
their blind sides.
And here's Pitta's SB TD with Joe working the middle and just note the protection he
gets from the blind side. He had all night. Torrey makes this play happen because
he required top coverage. So did Jacoby. That left the middle wide open.
My point was that Cam's philosophy was to take those deep shots EVERY other play [/purposefulexaggeration] and in that regard you would need a stud LT, RT, LG, RG, and OC. You would have to have a stellar OL because your QB needs 5,6,7 seconds to let the play develop (if it develops at all, which is another problem Cam's offense had).
Caldwell calls some deep shots, but his play calling and game plan allowed for those deep shots to be better calculated in that the defense wasn't expecting it all of the time.
LT - Sam Baker
LG - Justin Blalock
C - Todd McClure
RG - Peter Konz
RT - Tyson Clabo
And I was laughing at you for referencing the "Blind Side" movie. Whenever there is a discussion about the LT position and someone references that movie all I can think about is Sandra Bullock doing some really overblown southern accent talking about how the LT basically needs to be this physical specimen, which after high school, Michael Oher was not. Forgive me if I thought that was funny.
I'm sure William Beatty would be just as effective as a RT as he is at LT, but how does a multi-year deal prove how good a player really is? Eric Wright signed a 5 year, $38 million dollar deal in 2012 with Tampa Bay. Does that mean he must be a good corner? I certainly don't think so and many were truly shocked at the contract which he got from Tampa. Obviously Tampa felt that the contract was too much as well and recently voided the contract and re-signed Wright for a 1 year deal worth up to $3 million. I mean, we could go on and on and on about how contract doesn't mean much of anything in terms of how good a player actually is. Another player that comes to mind is Kevin Kolb and the deal he got from Arizona. For the record, I'm not saying that William Beatty is not or won't be worth the deal he signed with the Giants. Gauging how good a player is based on their contract is just bad business. If that were proportionately true then the Redskins and Raiders would have been fighting for the Super Bowl every year during the late 90's and 2000's.
Joe's arm strength is not something a lot of offensive coordinators have the luxury of creating a game plan for. Getting burned for 50 to 60 yard chunks of yardage puts pressure on the defense to cover more of the field and opens things up underneath. I just don't see where they will not incorporate that into the game plan. How much I think depends on how the defense plays the Ravens offense. If they are sitting in the box trying to take away the run or in tight coverage to take away short passes then I expect to see bombs away like in the playoffs with Caldwell as the coordinator. I agree the game plan can help, but if your linemen aren't able to allow the time needed to go deep then you help the defense by removing that aspect of your offense. Bring Big Mac back for 1 or 2 years seems to be the obvious choice to solidify the line.
Perhaps a little OT, but how good was it that Ozzie drafted KO rather than Peter Konz? He came back in round 4 with GG (Center) who he wanted all along. Konz was the media's choice, but wise old Oz knew better... Bc
The point of the blind side in the book is to show how important it is. LeeAnne/Sandra Bullock didn't even write the book but if that's all you think about then fine. If you wanna laugh at the Post article saying Beatty is physical and good, fine. Laugh. If you wanna laugh at the Atlanata J article, fine.
Big Mike had nothing to do with the book. He didn't even like it but again, it showed what happened to Theisman when you don't have the blind side covered.
All I'm, saying is, the LT position is still important in football and I've given enough info
to show a lot of pro bowlers get their teams to the playoffs and the SB. The teams with the good QB and LTs got to the SB the last two years whether anyone here thinks so or not.
I even showed the PItta TD showing how much protection Joe had from the blind side while working the middle of the field.
I really have enjoyed this discussion. At least nobody called me a bitch like the other tread and I didnt get any nasty PMs. I'm just giving my humble fucking opinion.
The Blind Side is more about his story of being adopted than the position. And in high school they ran every play behind him in some games. Line up and do it again, because the opponent couldn't stop it.
You reference a lot of LTs from 10 years ago but the league has changed. If you have a chance to grab one at the top of the draft, you do it so you're set. But I don't think it's critical to have anymore IMO.