Re: Texans OTAs thread (5/20-21, 23, 28-30, 6/3-6).
I'm with TC on not worrying about predicting the line at this point. With the injuries, young players that are still unknowns during their development it seems a rather large crap shoot.
But in regards to the power side of the line, Rey is correct. It is generally universal that the right side is your strong side of the line. One, defenses line up their stronger run defenders on that side and those tend to be their strongest, biggest as well. Two, running backs have a comfort level going to their right (right handed ones at least). Three, the left side is generally more athletic due to the fact they will usually face the best pass rushers from the opposition.
Not sure, Thunder, why you thought Brisiel was more athletic than Smith. In categories they were tested Smith beat out Brisiel's numbers in all of them. Meaning 40, 20 yard shuttle, 3 cone, broad jump, vertical, etc. He's the more athletic of the two. And in 2010 Brisiel graded to be a better run blocker than Smith and we ran it +17 times at the RG compared to LG.
This is why Jones struggled. His strength is not developed yet to face the stronger DT's on that side. On the left you would face the quicker, 3-tech guys and have to be quick/athletic enough to deal with that and the stunts defensive coaches like to do with those type of players. Right side not as much.