I have been having a discussion in another thread about our OL and it caused me to do this analysis of our situation. Since that discussion was a little off topic in that thread I decided to start a new one. Here are my thoughts on our Offensive Line situation. Pettit I believe will be improved; I don't see any other way he could go but to improve and by all reports he is far and away ahead physically to go with the year of experience under his belt. And again we did sign Fabini who has only played 8 years and should have something left as an emergency fallback here and we have the wildcard of Columbo who is an X factor at this point. So I'm very hopeful about our RT position. Rivera is old and breaking down but he should come into camp in better health and better condition than last year. If he flops we have Gurode who played well for him near the end of last season and who has the physicality without question if he only had a brain. Al Johnson is a young up and coming player. He has had issues with not being strong enough to handle big NT's and getting pushed back into the lap of the QB. But this went back to his rookie year injury where he was not able to strengthen his lower body properly. Hopefully (and reportedly) he has been working on that and making significant headway. And once again we have Gurode who can be serviceable at that position as well. Kosier is a vet brought in to start, but one that we as fans are almost universally dubious of. He is said to be strong and mobile and should help our running game by getting to the next level and being able to pull and block outside. He is replacing a legend albeit an ageing and increasingly ineffective legend but a legend none-the-less; he will have to really step up his game to fill those shoes. If he isn't all that he is expected to be I really don't know what we will do. The names Peterman and Proctor don't fill me with a swell of confidence so we really have a LOT riding on Kosier. Flozell is coming back from his knee injury and is currently rusty but I have to believe that he will be ready to go. Parcells said that even rusty he better than his competition. That either means that Flo is a rare talent and we will be kicking butt with him in there or we are really screwed if Flo can't go...or both. Flo is a Pro Bowl caliber player and when he has it all together he is about as good as any in the league but if he can't go we are left to fall back on Fabini and Columbo again. I have much less confidence of this backup pair at LT than at RT so here again we have a lot riding on this one player. I feel pretty good about our starting lineup if all of the "If's" have positive answers (Pettiti improved, Rivera healthy, Johnson improved, Kosier as good as the coaches expect, and Adams being healthy and back to form). And I feel ok about our depth on the right side and center of the line with Fabini and Gurode. I know some will disagree about feeling good about Gurode but I thought he showed up pretty well last year; strong backup caliber anyway. But the depth on the left side behind Kosier and Adams is a real concern for me. Still I feel that we should be significantly better off this year than last.