Take Michael Oher for example
Year 1: Phenomenal Right Tackle
Year 2: Below Average to Average LT
Year 3: Average RT
Year 4: Below Average LT
Now we can say that he probably isn't our answer at LT, but we really dont know how good of a RT he is because he has had no continuity at the position (he has played it before is not an excuse because we have heard that playing LT is a comp different animal than playing RT and I'm sure constantly switching doesnt help). So we know his ceiling at RT but not where he is consistently. While most players would get four years at a position Oher has had half of that. Furthermore, there are some that say he may make a good Guard which is another position we will not get to properly evaluate him at.
Now I'm not making a case for Oher here, just trying to illustrate a point. That point is that we are always concerned with what we don't have and that maybe before we try to figure that out, we should try and figure out what we do have in certain players and positions. The o-line is just a place where I find this extremely obvious. Currently the o line has
Oher - 1st round pick
Yanda - all-pro
Birk - center
Gino Gradkowski - 4th rounder
Jah Reid - 3rd rounder
Ramon Harewood - 6th rounder
Bobby Williams - free agent guard
Bryant Mckinnie - former pro bowl LT
Kelechi Osemele - 2nd round pick
are you telling me that with all of that investment into the o-line that we seriously cannot field a decent o-line talent wise? Somehow I doubt Ozzie screwed up that many times which makes me wonder what we really have here. This question raises several others in regards to blocking scheme and o-line coach. My point is perhaps instead of looking outwards for help, we may want to start looking inwards to see if the problem lies there perhaps because if that is the case than no amount of talent infused into the o-line will fix it or any position for that matter.
Edited by Sizzlebshu, 22 December 2012 - 11:35 PM.