It's ironic that this subject was posted today. I was actually thinking about starting a thread w/ this info that I read today concerning the o-line play of 2012 compared to years past.
It seems, as the write up suggested, that we may have been spoiled a bit by the play & production of the right side that consisted of Winston & Briesel in 2011. Looking at the numbers it seems the o-line was very similar to the o-line play of past excluding 2011. Maybe the right side needs time to grow because it didn't play like most expected w/ Caldwell & Butler, but instead was led by 3 1st time starters w/ 2 rookies being part of a rotation. It did seem Newton made mistakes at the worst possible times, but was essentially getting his 1st opportunity to start. They did get better towards the end of the season & it never hurts to draft the position for depth purposes, but we had to be fooling ourselves if we believed the o-line would be unaffected by the loss of 2 starters.
Given the information & youth on the o-line, just how important of a need is or should they be given time to grow before giving them the hook. Newton specifically.