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Kaiser Toro
07-13-2009, 09:24 AM
Did not see this posted, but nice insight

So my friend has finally won out, this blog will be about the differences between Right Tackle and Left Tackle. Itís probably good that I am talking about this topic because there are many common misconceptions about the position. Iím not sure how to do this so I will answer typical statements I hear.

Left Tackles are more athletic.

For the most part, yes. Left Tackles are commonly your more athletic, less physical former basketball player or all-around athlete. Right Tackles might not be as athletic but they are more physical, tougher players. Right Tackles are asked to ďopen upĒ holes by moving the defensive player while Left Tackles ďcoverĒ their guy up by getting in front of the defender but donít get as much movement.

Right Tackles are the better run blockers because teams are right handed and run right more than left.

Again, for the most part, yes. I donít have the exact numbers but Iím pretty sure we ran right more than left last year. However, in our zone scheme the play side can be the backside quite a few times because of so many cutbacks the back is offered by good cutoff blocks on the backside.

Right Tackles donít have to be as good at pass blocking because they get more help than the left tackle.

Absolutely wrong. The only time this is true is during most play-action passes, especially when the tight end is next to the Right Tackle. Think about it, if a team runs right more, then a team is going to play action to that side as well, therefore the tight end does stay in and block some of those times. To me, one of the hardest blocks to make is when you are to the open side (no TE next to you) and the play-action fake is coming your way. Think about selling out at a defensive end on a play-action pass hoping that he reads it as run and doesnít blow by you up the field. It is a block that takes a ton of practice and self confidence. An old vet used to tell me, ďif you believe, heíll believeĒ and he was exactly right. (Thanks Ephraim.) Generally speaking, the backside of the play-action pass is harder, giving the Left Tackle the most stress.

Öand on drop backs, too.

This fluctuates from team to team. I have had games where I have gotten no help, meaning that the center floats toward one guard, and that guard can in turn help the tackle. On drop backs, when the center isnít coming your way, you are on an island, all alone, you vs. the DE. Other games the help goes back and forth, and every once in a blue moon, Iíll get more help. (Maybe once or twice in my career.)

Right ends are better pass rushers than left ends.

This one really fluctuates from year to year. I will say the majority of teams set up this way but not as many as people think. In our division, it definitely sets up this way. I would say it is a coin toss between Titans Javon Kearse and Kyle Vandenbosch, they are both equally good in my opinion. The Colts have Freeney and Mathis, both very good, but Freeney is in a league of his own, and the Jaguars have Paul Spicer and two rookies who will be good as the years go on. We face those guys twice a year. The rest depends on our non-division schedule. I remember my first year, out of the nine games I started, six or seven of the left ends were the better on their teams. (Remember, left ends go over the Right Tackle and right ends go over the Left Tackle).

Can you play both?

Sure, but it is hard. I played Left Tackle all through college and then switched when I got to the Texans. I was switched because my arm length is not considered prototypical for a left tackle. I have normal length human arms, the NFL doesn't want normal length, they want extra long. Long arms allows the tackle to hit the defender in pass protection before they can hit you. If you are wondering, I understand what they are saying, but I never have had a problem getting my hands on defenders. Now that I have made the switch, I am glad to be playing Right Tackle. It fits my demeanor more and I have become every bit as comfortable as I ever was on the left. But it was a hard rookie year, you basically have to do the exact opposite with each foot and hand from one side to the other. On the Right you kick with your left foot, on the Left you kick with the right foot. On the Right your outside punch hand is your right and on the Left your outside punch hand is your left. You get the picture where this is going. This why good swing tackles (backups that play both) are paid well and needed desperately for depth.

In conclusion, I have really enjoyed playing Right Tackle. Going into my fourth year I am looking forward to being more physical at the point of attack, cutting off the backside, and pass blocking like a Left Tackle Ö but we know better than that, donít we?

http://www.ericwinston73.com/blog.html

Blake
07-13-2009, 10:09 AM
I love how open and available Eric is to us as fans. Dude is a pleasure to follow.

gtexan02
07-13-2009, 10:45 AM
He was made for going into the media after his football career

Yankee_In_TX
07-13-2009, 10:53 AM
Think about selling out at a defensive end on a play-action pass hoping that he reads it as run and doesnít blow by you up the field. It is a block that takes a ton of practice and self confidence. An old vet used to tell me, ďif you believe, heíll believeĒ and he was exactly right. (Thanks Ephraim.)

:)

Cool

infantrycak
07-13-2009, 11:50 AM
I loved hearing he actually likes RT better and doesn't resent not being LT. Now he needs to step up his pass protection because it sucked last year and he does have the potential to be a pro-bowl caliber player as hard as it is to make that from RT.

jvm52106
07-13-2009, 12:07 PM
this past Saturday on Sports Talk with the Chat Pack. Eric spent 14 minutes with us talking the Texans, the OL, the 09 season as well as the toughest DE he has to face season in and season out.

The podcast is located at www.sidekickpro.com and just click on the blog/podcast link below our Sports Talk with the Chat Pack logo. This is a free broadcast and free site.

I just thought Texans fans would be interested in the interview.

Thanks,

John

Sports Talk with the Chat Pack

HOU-TEX
07-13-2009, 12:44 PM
I loved hearing he actually likes RT better and doesn't resent not being LT. Now he needs to step up his pass protection because it sucked last year and he does have the potential to be a pro-bowl caliber player as hard as it is to make that from RT.

Agreed! Kearse totalled 3.5 sacks last season with 2 of them being against Winston.

beerlover
07-13-2009, 01:28 PM
I loved hearing he actually likes RT better and doesn't resent not being LT. Now he needs to step up his pass protection because it sucked last year and he does have the potential to be a pro-bowl caliber player as hard as it is to make that from RT.

also agree. his kick slide to the right is not as developed as his kick slide to the left, when he was a premier LT @ Miami. love the guy however & know this he will work hard to improve on it.