Originally posted by toppdogg32:
I bet about 95% of you disagree with me, but I still feel Rachal is a better 3rd/swing Guard than a starter. If Baas (who im not too crazy about either) was to beat him out, It'd really would fortify our depth, and benefit the team..
I'm with you. Baas' best position was RG and most ppl forget that. Despite starting his rookie season and playing fantastic towards the end of the season (the year Frank had his best season with Turner on board) he was relegated to backup b/c of Smiley's healthy return. And then suddenly, he was switched to LG for Rachel. When I watched him play RG, he would fire off the ball, drive and get to the second level every time. In Raye's offense, he was more of a pulling guard (see every Gore TD from last year) and asked to run into the back of Heitmann 50% of the time and pull and block in the RG gap against 8 and 9-man run blitzing defenses. I think with the addition of Iupati and Davis, putting Baas back at RG would be ideal for the type of scheme we want to run. As a RG he played with a mean streak, something we haven't seen lately d/t him adjusting to a new position and role and b/c of injuries and general, ineffectiveness across the entire o-line and him sort of being the scapegoat for poor scheme and play calling, IMHO. Having a stout guy like this play center too would be ideal. We are a TERRIBLE running team in short yardage and esp. at the goal line and much of that falls on Heitmann who is stalemate at best but more often then not, pushed back rather easily. And seriously, how hard would it be to call line plays in Raye's running offense? It's pretty much "straight up the gut between the tackles."