|07-19-2005, 08:30 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Wasnt too pleased with how USA today pretty much leaves out a line that produces 1,000+ rushers season after season....
2005 player ratings: Offensive linemen
By Howard Balzer, Sports Weekly and Derek Harper
There's pressure coming from every conceivable angle and alignment — the 4-3, 3-4, even the "46." Offensive line has become a firing line for the NFL's centers, guards and tackles, the fourth part of our 2005 NFL player ratings series, developed by The Sports Xchange for Sports Weekly. The Sports Xchange sorted players into six categories: Elite, A Notch Below, Rock Solid, On the Rise, On the Rebound and Setting Sun.
Seattle's Walter Jones doesn't get the publicity that Orlando Pace or Jonathan Ogden do, but he rates as Sports Weekly's top NFL offensive lineman.
By Ted S. Warren, AP
The standard for left tackles hasn't changed much the last several years. Perhaps as a matter of taste the order has been different, but Seattle's Walter Jones, Baltimore's Jonathan Ogden and St. Louis' Orlando Pace consistently have been the NFL's best.
Jones and Pace will be on unfamiliar ground when they report for training camp. Jones missed the Seahawks' last three camps and Pace the Rams' last two before signing one-year tenders as franchise players. However, after being designated franchise players again, each signed long-term contracts in March and could be even better. That's a scary thought for defensive ends they oppose.
Ogden continues to anchor the Ravens' line, and he could improve after missing four games last season because of injury.
|07-19-2005, 08:34 PM||#2|
lets go partner
Join Date: Oct 2004
Just another writers opinion, take it with a grain of salt.
|07-19-2005, 08:54 PM||#3|
Attack at all times . . .
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: AFC West Championshipville
Ogden missed four games, but he's a top guy. Ok, I'll buy that.
I like our tackles. I don't foresee OT as being any problem at all for the Broncs.
|07-19-2005, 09:07 PM||#4|
6-37, Raider fans.
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Ceti Alpha V
I love the press. Everyone says our running success is "the system". What does that mean? Well according to the press it doesn't mean that our running backs are any good. This article suggests our linemen are pretty average too. That leaves the coaches, and they don't have anything possitive to say there either. So I guess "the system" must be some sort of shapeless, nameless force or entity, like a God that the Bronco faithful, that magically moves the defenders out of the way for the team since obviously no one that's actually on the team can ever get credit for the the run game.
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