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Old 04-29-2008   #1
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Default 2008 O-Linemen

Well, now that draft is complete, which offensive linemen do you think will be starting in the season opener? I feel confident that Pitts, Winston and Myers will be starting, but what about RG and LT? I think Studdard can replace Weary at RG, plus Weary is coming off a knee injury, which may keep him at less than 100%. But the big question is will Duane Brown beat out Salaam for the LT spot? Regardless, I think our OL has a chance to be...dare I say it...one of the best in the league. Especially with the addition of Gibbs, which was probably one of the most underrated moves made this whole off-season. What are your guys thoughts?
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Old 04-29-2008   #2
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A long shot Wild Card is if Spencer passes his tests and is presumed healthy in training camp...he will be ready to make a charge to get back into the starting lineup. RG of course.
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Oh yeah, kind of forgot about Spencer...if he can make a comeback, this OL would have a lot better depth as well.
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Honestly, I would like to see Brisiel have a spot somewhere in the starting line up. He was one of our best back ups last season.
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I think RG is Brisiel's job to lose at this point. Charles Spencer will challenge him though if he is ready to play.
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It's almost crazy to even say it out loud, but really - I agree we could potentially have one of the best O-lines in the league. I feel like we shouldn't even talk about this for fear of something terrible happening, LOL.
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It's almost crazy to even say it out loud, but really - I agree we could potentially have one of the best O-lines in the league. I feel like we shouldn't even talk about this for fear of something terrible happening, LOL.
Heh. Maybe, hopefully Gibbs can work some sort of soul-selling magic.

My thoughts on the 2008 O-line for game 1:

LT: Salaam
LG: Pitts
C: Meyers
RG: Brisiel
RT: Winston

I think you might be able to replace Salaam with Brown by the end of the year (God I hope).
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From Kubiaks comments sounds like LT is Brown's job to lose.
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From Kubiaks comments sounds like LT is Brown's job to lose.
Do you have any particular comments in mind, or just how he likes the kid in general?
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Salaam will get the respect start in pre-season but Brown will be auditioning. If he shows akin to Spencer in 2006 then he will be starter day 1. Jack up with assignments and start the season on spot duty. JMO but if Spencer is healthy he is RG. Prediction--Pitts has a much better year with a competent C next to him. He really gets vapor lock of the cranial cavity when he thinks he needs to make up for the guy next to him.
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Do you have any particular comments in mind, or just how he likes the kid in general?
Heard him on the radio and someone asked him about easing Brown into the line-up. Kubiak said something to the affect of not having time to wait on guys. In todays game they need big time production from young guys off jump street. Said Salaam will be there helping him mature. Again, to me it sounded like he meant helping him mature as in being a support system.

To me it sounded like Duane Brown was expected to be the starter from day one.

Take my post fwiw.
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From Kubiaks comments sounds like LT is Brown's job to lose.
i dunno, i highly doubt brown starts week one.
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Thats a pretty tough position to start at day one esp for a guy thats new to the position in the first place. If kubes and gibbs put him out there I'll def trust their decision but I'm pretty sure he'd be better off with a gradual entry
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I'm pretty sure Levi Brown, Tony Ugoh, Charles Spencer (pre-injury), D'Brick, Marcus McNeil and countless others would have beem better off with gradual entries as well......but sometimes they're the best on the roster from day one.

We'll see.

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It's almost crazy to even say it out loud, but really - I agree we could potentially have one of the best O-lines in the league. I feel like we shouldn't even talk about this for fear of something terrible happening, LOL.

We have to have a season where we aren't among the league leaders in IR players, right? Someday? Please?

If we can stay healthy, I really have a nagging feeling that this team could be something special. Probably still a year away, but you know, the 2001 Pats team wasn't stacked yet, either. Stranger things have happened.

Must stay healthy.
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http://www.sportsradio610.com/The-Sp...-Raley/1616945

Go here and listen to the interview with Kubiak.

Please tell me it doesn't sound like it's Browns job to lose.

If it doesn't play when you hit the "play" button try listening to it on podcast. Pay attention to Gary's response when Mark ask him about "easing Brown into the line-up"....

Don't see how you listen to that and not get the impression that they are expecting him to start from day .

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I think RG is Brisiel's job to lose at this point. Charles Spencer will challenge him though if he is ready to play.
It's Weary's job till someone beats him out...if Weary is healthy that won't be all that easy.
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I think it's going to start off with:

RT: Winston
RG: Weary
C: Myers
LG: Pitts
LT: Salaam

But I think Brown starts by the end of the first quarter of the season. If Spencer is able to come back and isn't totally washed out, I expect him to get the RG position. And I think Brisiel is going to push for a starting job at that position but just not quite get it.

But I'm interested in seeing what they do with Frye.
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RT: Pitts
RG: pick'em
C: Myers
LG: Winston
LT: Brown
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RT - winston
RG - eslinger/spencer
c - myers
LG - pitts
LT - brown
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