Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Box_O_Rocks, Sep 8, 2006.
Tim Weisberg weighs in....
I will state that this is the best Pats o-line since 1985. That line consisted of...
LG- Ron Wooten
RG- John Hannah
RT- Brian Holloway
Time will tell, but so far, you gotta like the tenacity, teamwork and toughness the 06 line posesses.
Nice first post, welcome neighbor!
Nice. VERY nice.
I wonder if such a paean to an entire Patriots unit
has ever appeared in the Boston press.
Thanks for the great link, Box! As you know, I've been geeking out on this OL...I think they have the chance to let the offense be something special.
(Looking at the picture in the article...not that it matters, but...I wonder when was the last time that a team fielded such a very pale OL, down to the last benchwarmer? The photo just looks weird!)
Now that you mention it....
One of the reasons I'm so high on this particular Patriots team... this will likely be among the best blocking units in the league... coupled with Brady's pocket presence and quick release, we could see less than 20 sacks allowed this season. And the line can actually withstand a couple injuries, which, knock on wood, won't occur.
And the hidden bonus is that Watson and, especially, Graham may get out in the passing game more. Now that's a thought that can turn a guy on
It amazes me that Miami didn't pick up a Ryan O'Callahan given their performance Thurs.
Very nice confessional / reminiscence !
Didn't someone last year coin the phrase "Irish Mafia" when discribing our Oline?
try Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Red-Headed League".
What surprised me about that picture was that all of the offensive linemen were wearing knee braces... I did not realize that they did so in practices.
Train the way you intend to play.
You got your Left and Right swapped (Holloway-Hannah-Brock-Wooten-Moore), but the sentiment remains. While we may not have anyone that matches Hannah, the overall talent could prove to be higher.
Certainly I was trying to find a nickname for all the red-headed giants (Koppen, Mankins, Kaczur, Light, Neal ...)
I like the Red Headed League as I am an afficianado of the Sherlock...
Daniel Graham probably threw a party the day Brandon Gorin got shipped out of town. Poor Daniel was practically attached to Gorin at the hip ... the Siamese Football Players.
This could be a great running game this year ...
The '86 line was formidable for its time, but doubt many of them would start in 2006
So the question is about defining "best" - for their time, or timeless? Given the size, strength, and training/conditioning advantages the 2006 guys have, they all might start over the '86 line, with the possible exception of Hannah.
The quality of the line might explain why they can afford to let Branch stew all season. They might be a primarily running team the way this awesome unit looks. It will also give the new receivers more time to get open, and when Brady has more time....:rocker:
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