17 Jun 2005
This is why I love Len Pasquarelli: No ready-made NFL stories exist in mid-June, so he comes up with one of his own. He's examined every team's depth chart and reports that only two teams, the Chargers and Bengals, are going into this season with the same five offensive line starters that they had for the majority of last season.
"The result," Pasquarelli writes, "has been a dropoff in offensive line play. Another result: Standout offensive line coaches, assistants who can adapt to change and who have demonstrated a knack for being able to cobble together solid starting quintets even in a revolving-door situation, have lately become hot commodities."
I agree with him on the latter but not on the former. I think offensive lines are as good now as they've been in all the time I've watched football.
I also disagree strongly with Pasquarelli when he writes, "History has demonstrated that teams with a tailback-by-committee approach don't often go deep into the playoffs."
But even when I disagree with Pasquarelli, I find his solid reporting to be an oasis in the desert landscape that is NFL reporting in June.
21 comments, Last at 20 Jun 2005, 11:00pm by Trogdor
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