Re: O-Line - anyone concerned?
posted at 8/1/2012 10:14 AM EDT
In Response to O-Line - anyone concerned?
[QUOTE]I am concerned about the O-line - it's looking like Koppen can't even hold his own against our D-lineman. Could be the D-line is amazing (which I hope is true), however, I think he may be done. We desperately need Mankins, Waters and Vollmer back, so Connally can go back to center? Am I just finding things to worry about?
Posted by mcboyd22[/QUOTE]
No...you have reason to be concerned. As I have previously pointed out in several previous posts, the OL appears to be a major problem. LT Matt Light has retired. LG Logan Mankins may be out as late as November, recovering from a serious knee injury. Starting RG, Brian Waters, has yet to report, and may still be contemplating retirement. Center Dan Koppen is 33 years old, and may be done. RT Sebastien Vollmer is still
having back problems...and his left ankle reportedly has yet to sufficiently heal.
Folks, practically the entire OL is currently a question mark. Job One on this team is to protect 35 year old QB, Tom Brady. If that doesn't happen, Gronk won't Gronkulate, Hernandez won't get to hurt defenses, and Brandon Lloyd won't get to light it up the score board. In addition, a weak OL means that the Pats' young RBs won't have a chance.
Look for the Pats' to strongly address the OL in next years' draft...especially if Vollmer's back woes continue.