Originally posted by Overkill:
Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
I like both Haden and Iupati, but you're not being realistic. Haden would play nickel for us, which isn't really all that big of a deal (it's important, but not an "instant contender" type of position). As for Iupati, whatever you think of Baas, no rookie will just walk in the joint and start over him.
Not to mention, a guy like Iupati isn't really an ideal fit for Solari's zone-blocking approach. Not saying he would be horrible in it, but I don't see the logic in spending a mid-1st rounder on a guy who's a better fit for a man-blocking scheme. Someone more mobile (like Asamoah or even Pouncey) would be a much better fit than Iupati.
Its true that Solari incorporated more zone blocking in Seattle and I believe (based on comments Sing made about his offensive philosophy last year) that we will incorporate some zone blocking into our system, but I doubt we do much of a Denver impression. I don't believe we'll run enough of a zone blocking system, or that Iupati would struggle very much if we did. Basically, I wouldn't worry about that.
Also, Solari was the Chief's OL coach when they had the best OL in the league (under Vermeil). Those guys weren't particularly athletic, they were maulers in a power running system that made Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson household names. That's more like the system I believe he intends to put in place. Iupati fits that perfectly imo.
Dick Vermeil would disagree with you:
(old story that needs to be cached).
"They dictate," Vermeil says. "That's true with any offense. If you don't have a good offensive line, you're not going to have a very good offense."
Vermeil should know. He coached Super Bowl teams in Philadelphia and St. Louis. The Rams won Super Bowl 34 due in large part to an offensive line anchored by Orlando Pace, one of the premier tackles in the league. But from one end to the other, Vermeil thinks the Chiefs' line has more athletic ability.
"They're talented, mobile, bright athletes," he says. "They're all big, and they can run. They are unlimited in what you ask offensive linemen as a core group to do."
Now, it's true that Solari runs a bit of a hybrid ZBS, sort of a "power" zone blocking scheme that requires his guards to be a little bigger than say the Broncos lineman in the past (where some were 280-290lbs). But, they have to be both big and athletic to be effective in his scheme...Rachal is the perfect power ZBS guard, Baas is not. Iupati is probably ok for the Solari scheme, but he isn't the ideal fit. IMO, a guy like Asamoah is a better fit because of his size/mobility/athletic ability at the OG spot.
[ Edited by GhostofFredDean74 on Apr 21, 2010 at 11:28 AM ]