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Default Re: Ranking the 2012 Offensive Lines

Eh, I disagree a bit on Newton. Was it basically a rookie year? Yes. But when you have a Superbowl contending team do you sit back and put all your chips and hopes on him 'possibly' developing or bring in someone in case he doesn't take that step? So just handing the position to Newton would be a bad move imo. He didn't improve as the season went on. He would have a good game and then a bad one. He was very inconsistent and was our worse graded lineman by far. It wasn't even close.

This is basically how Newton graded out during the season/playoffs. He missed two games:

Week 1: -4.5 (Miami)
Week 2: 2.8 (Jax)
Week 3: -6.3 (Den)
Week 4: 0.7 (Tenn)
Week 5: -1.0 (NYJ)
Week 6: 0.8 (GBay)
Week 7: -1.4 (Balt)
Week 8: 0.6 (Buff)
Week 9: -4.1 (Chi)
Week 10: 2.3 (Jax)
Week 11: -1.6 (Det)
Week 12: 1.7 (Ind)
Week 13: -2.6 (Min)
Week 14: 3.9 (Ind)
Week 15: -1.2 (Cinci)
Week 16: -3.6 (New England)

That is the definition of inconsistency. No signs of progress. In fact his best games were against the weakest competition in Jacksonville, Indy which were the ONLY teams he graded in the green. Against better teams...nada.

I'm not saying as in 'cut this guy!' Just that someone does need to be brought in and nothing just handed off to Newton. Last year he had a battle with Butler and let's be real...they both sucked in the preseason. We're contenders NOW not two years later (the hopefully will be then as well lol)while this guy develops. The line was an issue and just leaving it 'as is' and hoping someone takes that next step could lead us to the same inconsistency we saw this past season.

Were we spoiled by 2011? Yeah, possibly. At the same time look at our key personnel offensively. It is Foster. His running style is one of patience and finding the running lane that develops. But the inconsistency in the blocking up front made that a hinderance and overly difficult for him to progress in a manner we're use to.

So by all means let Newton hold his spot in a real competition. He earns it then that is good and means he worked his butt during the offseason. But definitely don't just go in thinking 'Oh we just need depth at RT' because Ryan Harris actually outperformed Newton so we have 'depth'. We need someone ready to step up and contribute and there is no where near a guarantee Newton is that.
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