Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Fencer, Feb 28, 2009.
By John Clayton, in a FA-themed piece:
John Clayton examines free-agent subplots - ESPN
Yes. Every time the Pats played a 3-4 team, Koppen got abused. I'm one of the few that is open to a upgrade at center.
I remember Mr. Williams from the Chargers disrespected Mr. Koppen.
Yup, first thing I thought of when I read the original post was Koppen getting thrown around like a rag doll in that Chargers game.
The worst thing that can happen to a 3-4 defense is that the NT is handled by the center alone.
Next critical step for New England is to sign Wilfork or draft Mount Cody in 2010.
PS: No center in the NFL can or will be able to handle a healthy Mount Cody one on one.
Koppen is exactly why I posted this.
That said, whether the C or an OT can handle his man one-on-one is almost irrelevant -- the guards just point in different directions in the two scenarios. It would be nice to have OTs who could actually do that ...
I think you are comparing apples and oranges. OT have to dance with speed from mostly undersized thin quick ends, while C and OG have to anchor against bull rushing monsters. The shortest path to anopposing QB is still a straight line. Pressure up the middle is the most disruptive force an offense has to deal with.
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