Thinking About The Offensive Line

For the past few years, the Giants offensive line has been the strength of the team. They feature an All-Pro right guard in Chris Snee, a Pro Bowl left tackle in Dave Diehl and some good veterans.

However, the line has come under fire. They’re too old. They get hurt too often. They’re not as good as they used to be. All valid concerns.

There is at least one mainstay on the offensive line, and will be for awhile: Chris Snee. He is one of, if not, the best guards in football. He is an anchor. He’s not going anywhere for a long time.

Right tackle is pretty solid. Kareem McKenzie has been with the Giants since 2005, and has been steady. He’s getting up there in age–32– so eventually he may have to move inside. But, for now, you could do a lot worse than Kareem Mckenzie.

The left side of the line is where the question marks start to arise. At center, Shaun O’Hara has battled injuries, and is a shell of his former self. The soon to be 34 year old may only have one more season in him, if that.

Rich Seubert has done a remarkable job at left guard, and everywhere else the Giants need to him play. Problem is, he’s recovering from a¬†gruesome¬†knee injury and may not be ready to start the season. If he is ready to start on time, he may not be the same player.

Dave Diehl is a guard turned left tackle, something very unusual. He has done a great job outside. Some feel he would be better suited for guard.

The big problem is left guard.I don’t know if Seubert can go. The easiest solution is to move David Diehl inside to guard, his natural position. A Pro Bowl left tackle, he could reach All-Pro status at his natural position. That would leave a gaping hole at left tackle.

The Giants want Will Beatty to be the left tackle of the future. They invested a second round pick and have held off drafting another left tackle early in the draft. Is Beatty ready? That’s the big question. It’s hard to tell based on his play. He just hasn’t played enough games to really get a grasp of how he’s going to be as a pro. He’s had chances to win the job, yet hasn’t done so. There’s a lot riding on his young shoulders.

The Giants could plug Shawn Andrews in at left guard, and keep Diehl outside. The problem with that, is that Andrews has a bad back. It remains unclear if he can make it through a whole season.

The Giants could sign a free agent, if and when free agency occurs. Carl Nicks would be a nice fit at guard.

I think the best solution is to move Diehl inside and try Beatty at left tackle. If it doesn’t work, you can slide Diehl back outside and use Andrews at guard. The O-line isn’t as good as it once was, but with a little tinkering, it can still be very good.

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4 Responses to “Thinking About The Offensive Line”

  1. tom frank says:

    The only issue with Andrews is that he might not be on the team without reworking his deal. He is owed a big bonus this coming year. Mitch Petrus is also in the mix for left guard.

  2. Jason C. says:

    Honestly, if Beatty was ready I think we would’ve seen him already slotted at LT. It’s another year of Diehl, which is fine as long as you give him help. So hopefully Petrus or Andrews can step into the LG while Seubert heals, and they can find some way to bring in a REAL blocking tight end. Maybe Brewer’s presence will light a fire up Beatty’s ass.

  3. Mike K says:

    IIRC, Beatty has had injury issues causing him to miss time, both in camp and during the season. So I don’t think it’s fair to say, “if he was ready, we would have already seen him”. I think the Giants want to get him in camp and see him running drills and working with the offense healthy, before trying to make any decisions. Due to the lockout, they may not get that opportunity until late in the summer, unfortunately.

  4. Erik says:

    I’m confused by the fact that you’re ranking Diehl as a better player than Mckenzie. He is not. Not on any day of the week, and especially not on Sunday. Profootballfocus has him rated as the best right tackle in football, and they make a pretty compelling argument. He’s not aces in pass protection, but that’s not what the blocking scheme is designed around, and he IS the best run-blocker on the team. Diehl, on the other hand, is a constant liability in pass-protection–he gave up 8 sacks, 10 hits, and 24 pressures last year, which puts him in the bottom 8 starting LTs in the league. I’m not sure how he’s skated through three seasons without either Eli or Coughlin tearing him a new one for it, or why why he isn’t scapegoated as the weak link on that line, but there it is. I don’t know how much gas Mckenzie has left in the tank, but he was the anchor on that line last year, and I’m much happier with the idea of him starting in week 1 than I am with Diehl starting on the left side.

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