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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; I thought Strief was a guy to get excited about when we took him...i thought he could have been a 4th or 5th round guy...and to get him in the 7th seemed like a good deal. But what gives you ...

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Old 08-17-2006, 12:19 PM   #11
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I thought Strief was a guy to get excited about when we took him...i thought he could have been a 4th or 5th round guy...and to get him in the 7th seemed like a good deal. But what gives you the impression that he is NFL ready? I can use these examples because that is what i am familiar with, but LSU's offense was very good at running and passing the last 3 or 4 years. Does that make Rudy Niswanger ready to play center in the NFL? Does that make Terrell McGill ready to play guard? No, it doesnt. I think the big thing with Strief is technique. He is not physically, or mentally ready to take on the ends he will have to take on even in our own division...Abraham, Kerney, Rucker, Peppers, Rice...he is going to have to block at least 2 of those guys 4 times a year...i just dont think he is ready for that kind of jump right now.

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Old 08-17-2006, 12:21 PM   #12
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weakest part of our team. Jammal is okay at right but pathetic at left. Faine isn't bentley, but sadly maybe the best o-lineman!
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Old 08-17-2006, 12:26 PM   #13
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But just to sum up how bad our line is, there is a possibility that we have two rookie starters on the line...a 4th rounder and a 7th rounder...and as a whole, look at how many rookies should contribute this year...Bush and Harper will be on the field alot...Hass and the lineman are going to be either spot starters or the number1 reserves at their positions, Ninkovich, Lay and Colston all have an outside shot at seeing playing time this year. Did you guys ever think about what it would be like if Will Allen (OG from Texas) wouldnt have quit the team? He would probably be in line to start for us. Thats a shame.

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Old 08-17-2006, 01:05 PM   #14
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I'll say it again. If we can, trade Stalls for some O-Line help. Having said that, here is the catch. Every team is having O-Line problems. The Vikings, Cowboys, Chiefs (they are begging Roaf not to retire). This should be our most pressing area to seek help....now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All the explosiveness at the skill positions on offense don't mean a damn if the line can't hold it together. Brees will be dismantled before the 2nd game, and Deuce and Bush will be running for their lives. Our defense may be porous (but Gibbs will be a better schemer than Ven-suckit), but our offense has skill at the right positions to put points on the board. Can't do it if the other teams defense is making smores over a campfire in the backfield....To heck with the linebacker talk......get me an O-linemen. Now, pronto, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Please???????????? God.....Help....

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Old 08-17-2006, 01:19 PM   #15
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deuce and bush will be ok...our run blocking doesn't concern me..."see that guy across from you? hit him in the mouth and push his face into the dirt" cant get much simpler than that. what i am concerened about is our pass protection.
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Old 08-17-2006, 04:42 PM   #16
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Abraham, Kerney, Rucker, Peppers, Rice...he is going to have to block at least 2 of those guys 4 times a year...i just dont think he is ready for that kind of jump right now.
Dude......every OL in the league has problems with the guys you just named. Unfortunately, our division boasts some of the best DL's in the NFL.
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Old 08-17-2006, 06:08 PM   #17
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hopefully, our offensive line will look like this: LT-j. brown, LG- m. holland, C-j. faine, RG- j. mayberry, and RT- z. strief.... i think that gives us our best option to protect our gazillion dollar backfield... assuming, of course, everyone stays healthy all year...
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Old 08-17-2006, 08:03 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by gandhi1007

Dude......every OL in the league has problems with the guys you just named. Unfortunately, our division boasts some of the best DL's in the NFL.
I understand that, but if Jammall Brown, who was a decorated a college player as can be, is having "technique" problems after playing very well at RT in his transition to LT, dont you think that Strief may be having problems with his technique in adjusting to the NFL? Once he hones his skills, he can be a solid RT, i just dont think the time is now.
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