Originally Posted by htismaqe
To this point he is.
Okung has played well the last few weeks but he's on a team where EVERYBODY is playing lights out.
And he blocks for a real QB that has pocket presence.
Albert has been one of the better LTs in the AFC while being surrounded by shit.
Okung is locking guys up independent of the QB. He absolutely stonewalled Smith last night.
However, like I said, the point is moot and I think that Albert has FINALLY progressed to the point where it would be assinine to replace him. Now, he'll probably test the free agent market and if someone makes him a ridiculous offer then you've got to look at moving on, but I think that if you dangle the "new and real QB" thing in front of him we might get a Winston level deal done with him and keep him here.
I'm more worried about the guard situation than I am about Albert at this point. Both Allen and Asamoah are going to have to make serious strides this off-season and be the starters that their draft pick status says they should be.
But I do agree that having a real QB with pocket presence is going to make these guys a lot better than what they've shown the past couple of years.
Albert, Allen, Hudson, Asamoah, Winston
is a pretty solid and young offensive line and playing together is huge in terms of O-line production. I think we'll see some really good things out of this line next year, especially if we get a real QB like Geno operating behind them.