Originally Posted by Teague31
I know everyone loves this guy for manning up and offering to return the signing bonus but so far I am not impressed at all. I have no idea how he has made 3 straight pro bowls.... he is getting bull rushed with regularity. maybe the off-season injuries cut into his weight program but he is not that good IMO. He is an upgrade over Gurode I suppose but I was expecting more. It gets worse with Al next to him, now we have two guys that can't stop the bull rush.
I think you are mixing up the Mark Rivera of the Packers with the Mark Rivera of the Cowboys.
At this point in time, Rivera is being asked to play a very different role with very different players around him.
In Packerland..he had 2-3 other ALL-Pro players with whom he had played for years. They had a tremendous chemistry.
Here, Rivera is being asked to alternately help either Gurode on his left or Al Johnson and also to watch out and help Pettitti on his right, who's a 6th Rd. rookie who's being gameplanned on by every team to get to Bledsoe.
Oh..and BTW..he still has to man-up on whomever he's across from, too.
I'm not going to discuss his back, as we don't really know what that's all about yet, either. We've gotten the official coach-speak that he's fine, but we really don't know.
I think he doing excellent, considering all he's being asked to do. I'd also wonder if because of his experience, if he's calling the blocking schemes at the line of scrimmage for the OL since Johnson and Gurode are so in and out of the lineup..?
If he is, he's doing that pretty well it would seem..too.
So I think you need to withhold any negative remarks for the time being and we see how it goes. Mid-season would be the time to review his contributions better.