16.Mar.2011 2011 Offensive Line
Guys, I am nervous. I don't know what I was hoping to see, but I know it wasn't Remmers, Andrews, Johnson, Ellis, and Phillipp. That much I know.
Defenders are going to be salivating at the A gap (i.e. between center and right guard). Johnson next to Ellis? At least last year the walk-ons were spaced apart with NFL talent Alex Linnenkohl manning the middle.
The proposed line is absolutely ridiculous. And it comes after months of Riley and Cavanaugh's off-season "soul searching". Um, guys, how about doing some recruit searching?
I'm trying to figure out the best group, but it is difficult. I know it involves removing Johnson and Ellis. Beyond that, I am not sure. Geoff Garner has the body of a road grading guard at 307lbs, so why is he listed as a tackle? Grant Enger has the body and agility of a tackle, so why is he listed at guard? Could this simply be an typo? Please tell me it is so.
Offensive line 101: you want road grading guards and quick, agile tackles. Unless of course your team runs a lot of sweeps and traps, then you need quick, agile guards as well. But, is Ryan McCants really going to be running sweeps? Ha. Once again Riley has failed to adjust to his personnel and has instead chosen experience.
So what would comprise the best offensive line?
The overall depth is so poor that it's hard to come up with an acceptable configuration. The best I can surmise (and it, too, sucks for different reasons) would be something like Remmers, Garner, Andrews, Phillipp, and Enger. Speaking of whom, Grant was the #3 player in Washington and had offers from Stanford and the Huskies. In other words, he has serious talent and is no dummy. At a quick, agile 279lbs it is mind-boggling that he's been moved to guard. But, such is the byproduct of our coaching staff's off-season soul searching. Think tanks around the world tremble and quake.
The good news is that it is only spring and things can change.
The bad news is that Mike Riley is our head coach, so it will take a hell of a lot for change to actually occur.