ORIGINAL: Phil Riewer
i don't want us to use young offensive tackles as guards...sign/trade for a solid 2nd tier guard in fa - then draft one within the first 50 picks....
we have three each of 4th and 5th round picks and will most likely end up with another 4th via trae waynes...i think we can make some upgrade trades for safety, guard, dt...others, that have workable contracts presently with teams in a rebuild that are looking for draft picks....
rework barr, harrison, thielen - cut reiff, rudolph, stephen....
i don't think there's any way we can field a playoff team with 2021 draft picks alone....
We will never fix OG or OT by using the Klines of the world w/o trying to develop guards in season. Kline who was 29-30 came in and played a good handful of games but then another concussion and fall off at position and the whole oline.
Our problem is that they seem hesitant to just play a young guy. It seemed like pulling teeth to let Ezra play guard until we had some injuries but he was clearly a better option than Elf, Dozier, etc. They need to be better than that because the goal is to get better as the season goes on and depending on the 29-35 year old olineman with any injury history at all (which puts them in our salary range) is a problem. Need not only depth for the oline but solid young depth that improves over the season.
The problem this FO has is it poorly plans for after the first 5-8 games when it comes to the roster. Specifically 2020 (Elf, Dozier and a backup plan of Collins, Jones, Ezra at OG) That is some crap capital outside of Ezra.
they tried samia and cleveland - young guys....
cleveland is our future left tackle - i don't want to ruin him at guard....
is it such a novel concept to get a proven nfl guard to play guard for the Minnesota Vikings?....
i would be okay with creating the cap space and paying a scherff or thuney, and in addition drafting a guard within one of our first two picks in this year's draft....
why does our front office hate guards so much?...they're just not sexy...when we were kids, guards were the last ones chosen in the sandlot - and spielman has that mentality....
we're good at tackle
I think Rick is still of the mindset that anyone can be coached up to be a good interior lineman. But, left guard is almost as much a skill position as left tackle nowadays. You have to start with a quality player first, and coach them up second.