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01-13-2013, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Capitlols View Post
So you think we have an upper echelon oline? You don't think this oline benefited greatly from running the read option scheme? Throughout the year when the team ran traditional dropbacks Polumbus and Chester struggled mightily, the only two that played consistently all year were Trent and Montgomery. Strictly pointing to rushing stats don't tell the whole story. They allowed the 12 most QB hits(in the pocket) and the teams that allowed more have poor olines and they do not have the luxury of a mobile QB(less GB if you consider Rodgers).
As much as I like what the O-line did this year I wouldn't say it is upper echelon. Far from it. The O-line went into the year average at best, but as the team as a whole found its footing after the bye week, the O-line solidified into above-average to good at the last Dallas game. Lichtensteiger not being able to play against SEA, and Montgomery having his worst game of the year (especially with long snaps) brought the O-line back to above-average, IMO.

Having said all that the O-line has something going for it that is invaluable to a group of players that must work as a single unit and that is chemistry. And good chemistry has a way of taking a group of so/so O-lineman (accept for Williams) and making them very good as a unit.

But can the chemistry be sustained into next season? That will be the key to any success the Skins have to start next season if Griffin is limited or out to start.

Moving forward Shanahan needs to find an upgrade at RT. Polombus played good for him throughout the year, but he is clearly best used as depth off the bench. The Jordan Black position. Leribus and Lichtensteiger need to have a healthy competition for the LG spot in the offseason as well. Leribus is more physical, stronger, and brings needed attitude to the O-line. And Lichtensteiger clearly has durability issues. Lichtensteiger would be best as a back up at Guard and Center, but he is a FA. He needs to be, and should be, resigned first. Also, Brown needs to go. Wasted roster spot.

So, find a replacement for Polumbus, competition between LeRibus and Lichtensteiger in the offseason, and continue to look for O-line depth in the draft with an eye on finding a replacement for Montgomery that can be groomed over the next 2-3 years.

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