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Offline porky88  
#11 Posted : Tuesday, October 14, 2008 4:01:43 PM(UTC)

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My opinion, it is about time they start calling the true issue out.. the Oline has been a problem since Ted has taken over.. that isn't calling him out; just calling a spade a spade.

This group needs to pick up its focus weekly.. they can do it, they have done it at times. They just lack the consistency that it takes to become a very solid offensive line in the game.

Whereas OL was a strength under Sherman, it's a weakness under Ted Thompson . This is a simple fact.

I think this is something Ted Thompson will work on in the offseason. Don't be surprised if he trades down for more picks yet again to take some chances on more OL next year. I guarantee that this bothers him.

He may be thinking BPA, but OL will get a higher priority than anything else if remaining players on the draft board are close to equal.

I'd be happy if he didn't trade down and just took the best lineman available with the first pick. I was hoping he'd do that this year instead of trading down to take a receiver in the 2nd round.

I thought he was going to take Sam Baker and probably convert him to LG, but turned out that the Falcons traded up and took him several picks ahead of the Packers. I'm not saying Thompson had Baker pegged or not, but I do believe the Packers scouted Baker very closely. After Baker was gone, the next was Duane Brown who went a few picks before the Packers. Then you had a drop off in talent at the position. I didn't mine trading down, I just thought taking a 5th string receiver and 2nd or 3rd string QB with your first two picks was kind of surprising.
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#12 Posted : Tuesday, October 14, 2008 7:18:38 PM(UTC)

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Yes zombie, the OL was a strength under Sherman, although it should be noted that all five starters were holdovers from the Ron Wolf era. All Sherman did was hang onto them. When Thompson came along, at least two of those players (Rivera and Flanagan) were getting past their primes, and Wahle was demanding an enormous contract.

Unfortunately, Thompson has not done a good job of replacing any of those guys, and what's compounded the problem this year is that Clifton and Tauscher appear to be in decline. I also have to wonder if part of the problem is the coaching. We've got some mid to high round picks who are not meeting expectations. I'm becoming soured on the zone blocking scheme. I wonder if our chance of success with that scheme pretty much went out the window when Jeff Jagodzinski got hired away by Boston College. He was the guy who had learned that scheme directly from the master, Alex Gibbs, when they were both in Atlanta.

A note on Tauscher: My sister hears some of the gossip around Green Bay, and she said that Tauscher is still a party boy. It just might be that he is now getting to the age where he can no longer get by on natural talent, and his lifestyle may be catching up to him. Players who are effective into their 30's almost always are in great physical shape. Take a good look at Tauscher. Whether or not the party thing is true, you have to admit that he is in lousy shape. With a physique like that, the odds are heavily against you being effective into your 30s.
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