Re: Eric Winston
posted at 3/7/2013 6:46 PM EST
In response to RidingWithTheKing's comment:
In response to pcmIV's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
I sense a lot of fans don't really appreciate how important the O line is. Replacing Mankins and Vollmer with JAGs is not going to help this offense be more effective in a Super Bowl against a defensive front like San Francisco's.
This. I find it odd there are so many people saying we need to give Vince more help on the DL (which we do), but then seem to treat the other trench as a given.
I would argue when Connolly or Thomas filled in for Mankins in extended action, our offense didn't miss a beat. So, it depends what your perception is of Mankins. I would also argue that it appears that the name on the jersey and reputation by some here with regards to Mankins seems to trump reality.
He's overpaid and overrated. If someone offered a high 3rd rd pick for him right now, I'd deal him and sign Thomas instead. Thomas is pretty good and obviously wouldn't cost 9 million.
Nick McDonald is a fine swing interior lineman. Draft a Tackle and sign a veteran one. Winston is still very good and will be too pricey. They also have Zuvescics on the roster who they keep hanging onto, so maybe they can develop him at Tackle.
Our offense struggles against the elite Ds due to obsessive shotgun use and spread formations, which makes it finesse and one dimensional, playing into the opponent's hands.
When Mankins is healthy, he's the best SOB on the line and makes a big difference in the running game and is good pass blocking too. Injuries the last two years have not helped his performance however. Still, when healthy he's a top guard and a major plus for us. Picking another tackle in the draft is fine, but the good ones tend to go fairly early (even RTs) and we don't have a lot of picks this year so using one early on a good tackle may prevent us from getting the good DB, DT, or WR we really need. Still, if we're not signing Vollmer or anotther good free agent, drafting a tackle is fine with me.