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Old 05-10-2014, 09:40 PM  
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Worrisome things: Offensive Line

While we were already one of the youngest offensive lines last year, we got even younger this year:

First our Starters:

Eric Fisher (23)
Jeff Allen (24)
Rod Hudson (24)
Rishaw Johnson (25)
Donald Stephenson (25)

Backups (not all of these guys will make the roster obviously, but these are the main ones including the new picks):

Rokevious Watkins (25)
Jeff Linkenbach (26)
Eric Kush (24)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff (23)
Zach FUlton (22)

Holy Shit! I don't think I've ever heard of any team in the league running with an offensive line that is this young and this inexperienced. With the defensive front 7s that we have to face next year (Rams, Seahawks, Niners, Jets, Cardinals, Bills, Steelers, Patriots), how do they expect this offensive line to hold up well against that? I really hope that they are going to sign a veteran or two to help these younger guys develop and also serve as quality depth or even starters at OG or something.

Here is a taste of the pass rushers/DLs we will face next year:

SF:
Aldon Smith - Justin Smith - Ray McDonald - Ahmad Brooks

St. Louis:
Robert Quinn - Michael Brockers - Aaron Donald - Chris Long

Arizona:
Sam Acho - Calais Campbell - Darnell Dockett - Daryl Washington (MLB blitzes) - John Abraham

Buffalo:
Mario Williams - Marcell Dareus - Kyle Williams - Jerry Hughes

Here are two guys that are still out there who can help.

1. Uche Nwaneri, 30 - He's a solid NFL guard who still plays at a sufficiently high level. He shouldn't cost too much at this point and would go a long way towards improving this OL.

2. Daryn Colledge, 32 - At this point of his career, he's good as a back-up with starter ability and the ability to play either guard position. He offers position versatility and a good amount of NFL experience.

I just think that Dorsey and Reid are playing with fire if their goal is to have our OL learn and develop through trial and error without a single solid veteran presence to help guide the younger guys a long the way.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that we'll be fine against the schedule that we have?

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Old 05-10-2014, 10:43 PM   #31
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Allen was one of few picks that Scott Pioli made that I liked, but he has sucked monkey balls.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:46 PM   #33
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Because he should have been the swing tackle and not the LG
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The organization has neglected Oline in the draft for way too many years. This is the fallout.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:23 PM   #39
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The organization has neglected Oline in the draft for way too many years. This is the fallout.
Really?

They've drafted 7 linemen in the last 5 years alone, including one 1st, two 2nd, and 2 3rd rounders...
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Really?

They've drafted 7 linemen in the last 5 years alone, including one 1st, two 2nd, and 2 3rd rounders...
The topic is inexperience/youth. 4 guys in the two previous years. Before that they average about 1 per year.

It's like they banked on every olineman drafted to pan out. Now they are playing catch up.
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The topic is inexperience/youth. 4 guys in the two previous years. Before that they average about 1 per year.

It's like they banked on every olineman drafted to pan out. Now they are playing catch up.
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The topic is inexperience/youth. 4 guys in the two previous years. Before that they average about 1 per year.

It's like they banked on every olineman drafted to pan out. Now they are playing catch up.
I see what you're saying.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:38 PM   #43
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The topic is inexperience/youth. 4 guys in the two previous years. Before that they average about 1 per year.

It's like they banked on every olineman drafted to pan out. Now they are playing catch up.
Coaching staff change leads to different preferences
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It doesn't change team needs. It started all the way back when the Vermeil Oline was all getting old at once. There just hasn't been much effort to keep young guys in the pipeline. Add in some FA misses and losses and you end up with 10 olinemen with a combined 6 years of experience.
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It doesn't change team needs. It started all the way back when the Vermeil Oline was all getting old at once. There just hasn't been much effort to keep young guys in the pipeline. Add in some FA misses and losses and you end up with 10 olinemen with a combined 6 years of experience.
It often does change team needs, though. If a different coach was at the helm, Albert may have been kept, or Asomoah.
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