Originally Posted by CloakNNNdagger
After watching the RT/RG rotational experiment/mess from last year, I don't even want to think about what type of creative carousel we would see if G-d forbid (and no, I'm not predicting it) Duane Brown turfs for any significant period of time, and adds yet another question mark on the OL.
Obviously, when you lose a good player, it's not easy to replace.
You do need a plan.
The Pats worked last year with a make-shift O-line.
It didn't stop them from as advancing far.
The Texans had two guys that were swing tackles: Harris and Newton.
Before Newton, there was Butler who was the swing tackle.
Newton was groomed on both sides.
Harris started at Notre Dame at RT as a Freshman, then was moved to LT the last 3 years.
He played RT in the Pros.
Myers played C in college, but he debuted at LG for the Broncos before moving back to C when Nalen was lost for the year.
Wade Smith had seen time at all 5 spots on the line in the NFL.
Some guys are more flexible than others.
Duane Brown actually struggled a bit playing all the snaps early on in his rookie season. It wasn't until the Texans rotate him with Salaam that they had better results.
The O-line play last year was a combination of things.
D Brown played well early on in pass pro. At one time (at least through 10 or 11 games), it was reported that he allowed a single sack.
He ended up with six.
The run game actually was terrible to left end early in the season.
I mentioned how Football Outsiders charted the Texans, and they averaged 1.9 ypc to left end.
Wade Smith was consistently inconsistent like the rest of them.
He was manhandled by Wilfork just the same as Ben Jones was.
Myers did not have a good year.
The right side of the line was inconsistent all year, but not any more than the other 3 spots.
Who knows, if Caldwell and Newton had been able to stay healthy, the right side could have been the bright spot.
Now, the Texans need to find along term solution at RT first since Harris can be the swing man; it's not like they don't have a plan B.
Newton, Williams, and Quessenberry, between those three, we need to find out which guy can be the long-term starter at RT.