David Diehl’s run as the most versatile offensive lineman is about to be over. Rumor is – Diehl is set to retire after a very disappointing season at right guard.
via the Star-Ledger:
David Diehl, an 11-year veteran, is expected to announce his retirement in the coming weeks as his body can no longer withstand the pounding in the NFL trenches. He’ll walk away as one of the most durable, toughest and versatile offensive linemen in Giants’ history.
Drafted in the fifth round (160th overall) in 2003 out of Illinois, Diehl was no sure bet to make the roster. Not only did he make the team, he became the first rookie to start all 16 games since tight end Mark Bavaro in 1985.
Diehl, 6-foot-5, 315 pounds (most of his career), started the first 120 regular-season games and seven postseason games of his career over seven-plus seasons, the longest such streak by a Giant since the start of the 16-game season in 1978.
During the streak, he started at right guard, left guard, right tackle and left tackle. Diehl, who played in 164 regular-season games and 11 postseason games, started at left tackle in Super Bowl XLII and XLVI. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2009.
I’m not going to revel in pouring salt in the wounds further – but Diehl has simply not been good enough over the past 2 seasons. The offensive line in general STUNK this year, Diehl was one of the major weak points. PFF had him as one of the worst OL in the league this year:
DUD: He’s been kicked around every position but center in his time as a Giant, but David Diehl (-26.5) really didn’t take to life at right guard. He earned this grade despite missing five games and at this point just can’t handle better athletes lining up opposite him.
That’s negative 26.5 points folks. Not dash 26.5 like that was his score. And no, this isn’t golf… but if it was Diehl would set the record for a sub par round. He’s the one guy that seems to take the brunt of the criticism when the OL isn’t playing well, but the fact is he had a horrible season in 2013 after dropping a ton of weight in the offseason and looking to improve his game.
And so with that – David Diehl will retire and leave another position to fill along the offensive line through the draft and free agency.