I'm very much on board for upgrades on the o-line. However, the pieces that I'm very interested in are the o-line coach and scheme. At some point, we have to be able to win without pro-bowl talent everywhere, and that is on the coaches/scheme. I look at the Patriots and they continually keep Brady upright and the pocket clean no matter who they face and what personnel they lose year-to-year. I bet we could swap lines and somehow Brady would stay upright and Cousins would be sack-bait. Yes, Brady can read defenses well and change the play, and they generally scheme to get the ball out quick. But when they need yards, either through the air or on the ground, they just get it done. That's acting as a unit, knowing your assignments and having a winning scheme that your talent can support. I hope to heck we can figure out something that keeps Cousins comfy and allows us to run better, because no matter who we get (rookie or FA) it'll be new folks that need to be coached up and function as a unit.
The part that this b.s. misses, is that it has a lot more to do with Tom Brady than some special OL schemes.
Put Brady on the Vikes, and a HC with kahoonas, and you would see a SB win for the Vikes.
It is Brady getting rid of the ball very quickly and throwing a very accurate and catchable pass. And then throwing it to different areas to make it unpredictable, that makes it much easier for the OL.
Belichek realizes the value, and thought he might have found a QB similar to Brady in Garoppolo. Garoppolo might be a similar talent, but might not have the personable qualities Brady has to get teammates to rally around him. We shall see.
< Message edited by marty -- 2/15/2019 6:16:47 PM >
SKOL to the BOWL !!!