call me crazy, but I have this sneaking suspition that we will see the same o-line again next year.....I mean I hope not, but I bet we do....
Unfortunately, I have a feeling it will be fairly close to the same o-line. I do think Omiyale will replace Shaffer but that's probably it...
I agree. If anything we will probably spend a relatively high pick on one of the top Guards like Davin Joseph or Mark Setterstrom.. Usually, Guards translate to the NFL the quickest & have the least trouble starting in their rookie year.
If we pick up a guard, and moved Lehr to Center then that would take a firm step in the right direction IMO. Here's what I've posted elsewhere that may give some understanding of what happens on Sunday's:
t really comes down to this: McClure would be just fine in a line that had a Walter Jones type tackle and another physical tackle but with light linemen, we need a bull of a center to free up guard help. It has nothing to do with where the center lines up but how the assignments are called and who engages who.
Example: LT takes on Simeon Rice, LG helps out LT, C takes the RDT, RG takes on the LDT, and the RT takes on the LDE. This then allows a RB or TE to watch for LB delay blitzes which we got caught on several times due to our current SCHEME.
Our current scheme does the following: LT takes on RDE with help from TE or RB, LG takes on RDT, RG takes on LDT, C helps a guard or gets helped by a guard, RT takes on LDE with possible help from a TE or RB depending on what set we use. That leaves NOBODY to watch for LB delay blitzes. There is no one left to help out with that. You can't expect a guard engaged in a scheme to block a DT to peel off in a split second and pick up a linebacker, it's not physically possible.
That's the way it is, it's football 101 and it's not my opinion, it's what it is for better or for worse.
Three ways to solve the problem: 1) Get a Walter Jones type tackle than can take on a Simeon Rice or Julius Peppers and not get killed doing it (show me how we get a draft pick to acquire such talent since it will take a top 10 pick at best case scenario OR show me a trade scenario that we aren't giving up the farm OR show me a case where one will EVER be a free agent--they don't let them walk). This would eliminate the need for a double team and free up a RB as described in the first scenario.
2) Get a bull of a center that can take on a DT that gets far less sacks than a DE on average. It's a cheaper option, it's something a 3rd or 4th round pick can accomplish and bull centers are often available through free agency. I'd also note that Lehr's natural position is Center not guard and this was his first year in the scheme (or does that only go for QB's and WR's???)
3) Given the above, move Lehr to center who is heads and tails more physical than McClure and 25 to 30 lbs bigger and get a guard, which we've seen with Forney can be gotten with a later round pick.
Given the above 3 choices, I think it's a lot smarter to invest $500,000 to $1,000,000 to fix the problem rather than multiple 1st round picks or players that play key roles on the team along with a 5 year $40 million price tag to boot for a Walter Jones type tackle.