I have a genuine question after reading a bunch of draft pick posts and seen two school of thoughts. One stating that Polian will go with a TE as an offensive weapon as he usually does in the first round , the other school of thought states we have urgent needs at the OL line and that we need to have better run hole creators for our RB's to pound through.
1.The part I have difficulty understanding is ...we have one of the undersized OL lines in NFL . We rely more on our speed and technique to overwhelm the opposing defense and create those holes. But there comes a point when simply a smaller line cannot overwhelm a much bigger defensive line with just techniques and speed . Since the time of Dominic rhodes we have not had a OL line that can create huge holes for the RB's to pound through.
What is the use of drafting undersized guys again ?
2.I have the same question on the defensive side as well . Our CB's have tended to be smaller guys ...again we being fans will wax eloquent about powers , lacey etc etc. I strongly beleive they did a reasonable job with their physical tools. However they consistenly got burnt by bigger receivers ( Moss, Colston etc ....) . Next year we will play the Chargers, Pats and our usual Competition.
Why do we end up with guys like Jennings who have to give such a huge cushion to tackle and will not be able to do squat . ( Jennings fans sorry I am in no mood to listen to the usual excuse of " Oh jennings can make open field tackles...he can bring down guys..... Ya damn right after they get their first downs he will definetly bring them down ).
3.Injuries....Playing with a smaller sized players forces them to their limits during games and this is what has resulted in the slew of inuries every year since the past three years . Our guys give 200% , work very hard and are very motivated. But if a team's strategy is causing so many injuries...
Why dont we just get some big run blockers , big CB's and take a little pressure off Dwight Freeney and Sanders ?