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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; At 6í7, 320 lbs., itís pretty much impossible not to notice him when heís walking down the street. Itís hard to imagine such a towering presence ever being overlooked, but thatís exactly what happened when it came time for NFL ...

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Old 06-28-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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At 6í7, 320 lbs., itís pretty much impossible not to notice him when heís walking down the street. Itís hard to imagine such a towering presence ever being overlooked, but thatís exactly what happened when it came time for NFL scouts to evaluate his talent coming out of Northwestern in 2006.

Striefís career with the Saints began just like a lot of other starters in New Orleans during the Sean Payton era Ė as a sleeper pick in one of the last rounds of the NFL draft.

As the the 210th overall selection, most people thought Strief would be nothing more than a serviceable backup during his time in the Crescent City.

Most people were wrong.

Strief played second fiddle to longtime right tackle Jon Stinchcomb for the first five years of his career, starting only seven times in that span but gaining much needed experience in the process. Strief was able to see how a first-class offensive lineman conducts himself both on and off the field, and it was Stinchcombís presence that helped mold him into the player he is today.

After five years as a perennial backup, he got his first taste of the big time.

New Orleans released the injury-riddled Stinchcomb in 2011 and Strief became the sole owner of the starting right tackle position.

Things didnít start out so well.

The Saints opened up the year against the defending champion Green Bay Packers on a Thursday night in Lambeau Field, and Strief was given the task of stopping Clay Matthews in front of a national audience.

That night, Zach Strief got abused worse than any girl Chris Brown has ever dated. Matthews dominated the Saintsí backfield and Strief was graded in the red for the first of only two times that season.

If it looked like he wasnít taking advantage of his opportunities, trust me, it got worse. Strief went down with a knee injury in just the third week of the season and seemed to ruin his chance at ever making it as a starter in New Orleans.

But Zach Strief never quit. In fact, he did quite the opposite.

He came back in Week 9 and played better than he ever had. He didnít give up a hit or a sack for the rest of the regular season. And he began to take on a leadership role within the locker room.

Strief was the glue that held the offensive line together during the Saintsí impressive 2011 campaign, and he did it with quiet, gritty determination.

With such a great year behind him it was only obvious Zach Strief was on his way to becoming a key piece in the Saints puzzle. He was named a team captain prior to the 2012 season and had successfully paid his dues in the football world. If ever there was a time for Strief to make a name for himself, this was it.

And thatís when things came crashing down.

Strief had his worst season in a Saints uniform in 2012, giving up seven sacks and injuring himself for the second time in two years. Strief was pushed around with regularity and missed a big chunk of the season due to a groin issue that seemed to just keep getting worse. He also shouldered most of the responsibility for an unfathomable loss to the Chiefs in Week 3, where Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston bullied him like a fat kid on the playground all day.

It was a season heíd like to forget, and one which now begs the question: Which Zach Strief will we see in 2013? The one who only gives up just two sacks in 11 games as a starter, or the one who gets regularly beaten by mediocre pass rushers?

I know a big portion of his struggles have come due to injuries. I also know he has only been a starter going on three years. But now is the time for Zach Strief to step up and become the dominating presence of the offensive line. With the questions surrounding Charles Brown at left tackle, Strief has to establish himself as Drew Breesí number one protector when foot meets leather in September.

Itís obvious he has the talent to be a long-time NFL starter. He just has to prove it.

Zach Striefís future with New Orleans relies on a solid 2013, and I have no doubt he will come through. Strief has learned from his mistakes and will start the year healthy and itching to make up for a porous 2012 season.

Weíve seen both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from him in the past two years. Now itís time to see Zach Strief.

Iím looking forward to it.


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Old 06-28-2013, 03:38 PM   #2
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Re: Which Zach Strief Will Show Up in 2013?

He's garbage. Start Armstead, Smith, or Jones.
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He's certainly not garbage. Maybe an average RT that played with a tough (groin) injury last season. That kind of injury makes it difficult to do menial tasks let alone dealing with superior athletes every Sunday. If he's breaking down as Stinchcomb had at the end of his career then it's time for him to start thinking about his life after football. He's an intelligent chap so I'm sure that he'll be successful at whatever he chooses to do.

Until then, bring on the competition. He has as good a chance as any other lineman in camp to win the starting job.
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He's certainly not garbage. Maybe an average RT that played with a tough (groin) injury last season. That kind of injury makes it difficult to do menial tasks let alone dealing with superior athletes every Sunday. If he's breaking down as Stinchcomb had at the end of his career then it's time for him to start thinking about his life after football. He's an intelligent chap so I'm sure that he'll be successful at whatever he chooses to do.

Until then, bring on the competition. He has as good a chance as any other lineman in camp to win the starting job.
GARBAGE! He can't handle anybody with speed and quickness. He's a run blocker. A mauler. A glorified back up.
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GARBAGE! He can't handle anybody with speed and quickness. He's a run blocker. A mauler. A glorified back up.
This post is garbage. See Iceshacks149's post.

It's easy to criticize a man when he's injured. Show some respect.
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This post is garbage. See Iceshacks149's post.

It's easy to criticize a man when he's injured. Show some respect.
Cut the FNG some slack!
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Re: Which Zach Strief Will Show Up in 2013?

When he's healthy, he is an above average RT in all phases of the game.
It is obvious that our screen game suffers when he is limited. Pierre's screens are usually run to the right side. Strief being limited drastically changed that.

He is also a very positive person to have on the team and in our community.
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This post is garbage. See Iceshacks149's post.

It's easy to criticize a man when he's injured. Show some respect.
Garbage. Not Scott Shanle garbage, but garbage all the same. Garbage when healthy, garbage when not. He looks good when running screens because you get to block downfield. He can definitely run block, but he's a liability in pass coverage. Drew makes him look good. Everybody talked about Bushrod when Strief was way worse. If he was what yall think he is when healthy he'd be the starting left tackle.
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He's garbage. Start Armstead, Smith, or Jones.
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Not garbage. Terrible maybe but not garbage. Let Armstead, Jones or anyone else start over him. He is not a starting right tackle.
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