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Allright, nobody wants to say it so I will. Center is scaring the daylights out of me

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by 1Ware1, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. 1Ware1

    1Ware1 New Member

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    Come on now,We can't count on Al Johnson or Gurode to be the starter for this season.I can't understand why we haven't invested a large chunk of cap money in the quaterback of the offensive line.
    I also can't seeing us drafting an offensive lineman to come in and start,I mean signing all of these veteran stud position players is nice and all,but let's point to the main problem with the team.WE HAVE NO CENTER!!It's nice to assume that Gurode can get better and the competition will make the players better,but come on.
    Signing Kevin Mawae would have made it christmas come early.Hasn't Pittsburgh proved anything this year?They have average at best skills position players with a clock swallowing,run blocking offensive line.How else do you think that clown(Rothelisberger) lead the league in passer efficency?Gee,throw the ball 9 times a game ,run it for 30 or 40 times.Even I could have practiced my handoff skills and chucked one 3 yards for a seven yard gain once in a while.
    How manny times this past season would we have been victorious if we would have just been able to convert that 3rd and two in the fourth quater?
    I must applaude the cowboys brass for makeing an honest effort to sign marquee players and all,but the number one offense in the NFL rarely wins the superbowl.Hence the age old term defense wins championships.
    Let's go spend the money and get the center we need to win.I am an honest beleiver if you dump all of your money into the o-line,even average players will become superstars.If the quaterback has time he will be able to make the throws to the receivers.We will be able to sustain that 5 minute drive with 4 minutes left in the fourth quater to get that win.
    The defense is looking good this year so far,but the offenseive line is scareing the daylights out of me.As of right now I would say that the center position is the weakest link on our team.I realley thin we need to address this position the most.BP can only rotate the centers so much and ther is no chemistry there if they will platoon every other play.
    Where's Genardo Dinapoli when you need him?????
  2. aikemirv

    aikemirv Well-Known Member

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    Along the whole line with maybe the exception of LA, center was the best spot after FA went down. Is it a strength? NO, but it is not a position that should be "scaring" us IMO.

    Johnson and Gurode are both competent centers.
  3. cowboys#1

    cowboys#1 Finish!

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    relax we'll be fine:)
  4. Eddie

    Eddie Well-Known Member

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    I agree, no need to cry wolf yet. Center is not a big deal.

    We have bigger fish to fry. Center is as good as it has been in years.
  5. Champsheart

    Champsheart Active Member

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    Yep, scaring me to. The thing is though I do not have an option that I think Dallas should go after. Who? Flannigan? Mitchell? Neither excites me.

    Bentley would have been nice, but not for the change he got. What else was there really? Mawae? 35 years old and broke down.

    I just don't think there have been any real options to consider, but I am with you. It scares me to, especially when we do not know how Rivera will come and play this year, and either Kosier or Peterman could be starting.

    Looks like there could be a whole lot of uncertainty in the interior of our line.

    Not good IMO!
  6. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Agreed. Sure, I'd love a pro bowler at every position but c'mon lets get real. You should be screaming about SOLB or FS or heck even left guard is a much bigger need if you're just looking at the line.
  7. AMERICAS_FAN

    AMERICAS_FAN Active Member

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    You'dthink after Clay Shiver (A.K.A. The Human Turnstile) we'd learn our lesson and grt a capable Center. Yes, i'm scared crap-less.

    AF
  8. felix360

    felix360 Active Member

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    we are screwed :banghead: :banghead:
  9. AMERICAS_FAN

    AMERICAS_FAN Active Member

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    Bledsoe, more than us!
    AF
  10. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Right, cause Johnson gave up so many sacks.
  11. stiletto

    stiletto Member

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    You are smoking crack. Center is the catalyst for the rest of the line and directly affects the running game success. If we go into the season with Gurode/A. Johnson, we will suffer because of it. I remember seeing them get constantly blown up last season. They will be the worst Center combination in history. :bang2:
  12. 1Ware1

    1Ware1 New Member

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    anybody else notice that we didn't pick up ,the straight up the gut blitz.Or anyone else see how BP was constanly rotateing them guys?
  13. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    I understand not wanting to be a homer, but this crying wolf schtick is much worse. I'm not sure what you were watching last season but Al Johnson did a decent job. He's never going to the pro bowl but with some added size and strength this offseason he'll do just fine.
  14. shnagy

    shnagy Member

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    When there is a botched snap or two every game, then I say yes, there is a need to upgrade that position.
  15. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Wasn't it discovered to be Bledsoe's problem? I could be wrong, as there were so many rumors flying around about that debacle.
  16. superpunk

    superpunk Benched

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    Allright,nobody wants to say it so I will.Center is the strength of this team. Al Johnson will make the pro-bowl.

    Unless we trade him for Dexter.
  17. AMERICAS_FAN

    AMERICAS_FAN Active Member

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    Defenses didn't attack Johnson as much becase it was easier to attack Tucker and Pettiti at Tackle. Right now, the center position is by far the weakest link on the OL and it is weak. You're denying that?

    Oh, and by the way, do you remember the turning-point-game late in the season last year...the second Gisnts game where we had a chance to take control of the division down the stretch...arguably the most meaningful game of the season...the one where the OL played poorly but nobody played as poorly as Johnson in the biggest game of the season to date...the game whewre Johnson got pulled for being beat play after play...? I'll stop typing because I'll give the benefit of the doubt in figuring out where I'm going with this...

    AF
  18. stiletto

    stiletto Member

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    LOL -- If that's the standard you hold to, that's your choice. I want an all Pro center. That's my standard. Guess what, my standard will beat yours everyday brother....you basically said you are happy with an OK Center...SAD...
  19. shnagy

    shnagy Member

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    Honestly, I don't know who's problem it was. It was probably a combo of both, but I sure hope it isn't a problem this year.
  20. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    No, I didn't notice any of that. I shudder to think what it will be like on this board when we have to break in a young QB. We can't even handle bringing around youth at the C position without people going off the deep end.

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