Kjey to OL problems if Doug Free
"The fact is, they have always hoped that they could develop an offensive line from the scrap heap and their work suggests that simply has not happened."
I agree and the reasons seem twofold: First, they thought Doug Free could be a good RT based on his past success there. But, looking back at his career, it seems that Free was successful only when Kyle Kosier was playing next to him. I don't pretend to understand why but maybe KK was able to position Free about what his responsibilities would be on each play.
Second, Costa does appear to be a good center. We seem to be more successful when he is in the game that his backups. That said, Ryan Cook deserves kudoes for his efforts in filling in for Costa's absence due to injury.
So for next year, we must find a good replacement for Free at RT and we need a stronger player at RG. Bernadeau has done OK but we need something better than OK there.
Does anyone have an opinion about whether Free could play RG. It requires less lateral movement in pass protection and it occurred to me he might prosper in that environment.
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