Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Aven8, Aug 23, 2013.
Do we make the playoffs?
There is a .0001% of that happening with this fragile bunch.
You might as well ask will we make the playoffs if griffin, eli and vick all get hurt.
I don't think that there is any good Romo - body bag scenario.
Since I'm a big wwe fan I'm gonna quote Daniel Bryan "YES YES YES "
we were 8/8 with last years line so I would think we''ll get a few more wins with the new improved line
Line longevity and winning are not synonymous
This team could have the same people start all the games and win all of them or lose all of them or go 8-8 or go 10-6 or go 3-13.
If we started players that have blues eyes only do we win the Super Bowl?.
I don't think the matter of the post was longevity. The point was, thats our best line, and if we have our best line out there for every game, are the pieces around them good enough to take us to the playoffs
I don't think the question is about the skill players. it's whether our best o-linemen are good enough to get the team into the playoffs. Even though our schedule looks like it will be tough, I would say 'yes', but the playoff exit might be immediate and ugly. Kinda depends how well the noobies do and if they're all healthy in Dec/Jan.
Of course, the elephant in the room is, how many of you think this OL makes it through the season without injuries?
Sure you could look at it that way too, and if you did then I agree with you on both accounts.
Absolutely. Continuity is huge for an OL.
Nobody wants to hear this, but our OL gradually got better last year as the season wore on. They were downright dominant vs the Steelers, which was our last win of the season.
Longevity in regard to health for this season
I think we make the playoffs without them all starting every game. If we aren't -13 in TO differential and if we improve our pass defense. I'm starting to feel like a broken record on the topic, but, man, teams make the postseason with mediocre OLs all the time. It's not exactly a high bar to clear.
Is Leary going to play during the regular season up to the level he showed before his injury?
Same with Free, who has given reason in the past for us to be suspect?
I expect Smith to be mostly solid, with the potential to become great. I've seen no reason to doubt Frederick will be mostly solid, with the potential to be great.
And I think if those four play like they have so far, Dallas can plug in one of several players in the final guard spot and still make the playoffs. I'd prefer they get a bona fide guard like Waters just to ensure it has the best five it can possibly get for this season, but I don't think not getting him will doom the line (unless injuries decimate the starters).
I am interested in see how the combination of Free at guard and Parnell at tackle works out as well. I don't like messing with Free when he appears to be back in a groove, but I will at least acknowledge that starting both of them could give us our strongest line combination (if Leary gets back to replace Bernadeau).
The thread presupposes there is a causal connection between the offensive line and the playoffs. Last years team would have made the playoffs with that oline if the defense had not been so bad. So, ultimately, it is impossible to speculate about something that may or may not be connected to the outcome.
I'll admit that I didn't like the idea very much at all when I first heard it, but by now I'm looking forward to seeing how it works out. At least it'll be something specific to look for in the game.
I'm less concerned about Free's mojo than I am about exposing all three of our OTs in one lineup. We've really not got a lot behind any of them. The team must be pretty high on at least one of the backups' backups to even try it. Bell, maybe?
Yeah the Falcons did it last season and they weren't the only ones by any extent. The defense will be key, especially safety play, for this teams success this year and all this talk of OL or bust really gets on my nerves after a while which is why I haven't posted as much lately......ignoring all of the other units of a team and just concentrating on one is a colossal waste of time.
If we could actually stop the pass, this team would go somewhere, hopefully these safeties can do at least a decent job (although they have less talent as a unit than the OL).