Curran: Concerned about lack of depth on offensive line
Sun, 5 Aug 2012|
Tom. E Curran joins Sports Sunday to discuss the Patriots offensive line problems and the lack of depth they have at that position.
-- -- let's talk about the offered some lines and guys are missing waters in those show likes the moment it's a big deal like think they're saying. Take your time will come back when he's ready Mankins is recovering from ACL surgery but Robert Gallery. The eight year veteran has decided to retire how concerned -- you about the lack of depth currently on the offensive line. You know pretty concerned Gary because when you look at -- you have a lot of football to play whether it's in practice or pre season games between now. It's September night and I agree with you I think that there comes a time when they ask Brian Waters can get out of the pool get on a plane and come up here we do we need Jeff. Right now it's an excused absence but I think. That interior line right now has a little bit of unsettled -- because of the absence of Mankins because of the absence of waters. And the fact that Dan -- your best senators playing over to guard spot and Dan Koppen has struggled a little bit so. They're really trying to find their best free interior lineman. But you could get a good look at these pre season games at the other elements to your offense if those guys. Are playing as well as they could what's your -- Americans. The latest I have is that he should be ready for the side of the regular season and that remains unchanged from when I had. Earlier in this offseason they're expecting him to be good for September ninth so really -- that would. He -- did to skate in the next ten days or so he's going to be able to get on the football field start running around. Haven't seen that -- he's been in the tank top and working out on the on the -- so we'll have to see that. You know usually -- cope with the guys that are so I've been on even a debate but -- what happened last year in the -- Connolly played him opens. Take some snaps with the second unit so what's going on. With coping Conley at that position. You don't get hasn't had colleagues -- Rico open has not had the greatest can't Gary one on one battles. He hasn't seemed to be as quick and his strength has always been is Bill Belichick has said his strength. The strength this is strength has that. The tactical open has sometimes been caught in a position where -- off balance reaching he's not able to get that firm base. Just hasn't looked good so that's what I'm talking about we have a situation where. Koppen knows everything he's gonna get all the line calls right which you might be better served with a better athlete at this point in his career. Dan Connolly in the middle and then you could put other better athletes rappers like right when -- -- guide. And go ahead and put Donald Thomas at the other Donald Thomas was the subject of some Brady -- On Sunday though so we'll see how quickly those guys are coming along. Okay because of the lack of depth normally you would be concerned if you're Tom Brady bought because of the quarterback for the rules should we be less concerned. Q no I know I would say be just as concerned. During this pre season as you should be. The main reason being the other teams are gonna go hard at some point to look it's button their best interest. To take out one of the league wide would ornaments it's better for everybody if Tom Brady's playing doesn't matter between Jacksonville. Or New England. But that's trying to make teams and it's going to be competitive -- can't afford to have guys making mistakes and letting someone run free number Albert Haynes worth it Brady. A few years ago and you know. -- an injury. In the pre season that affect them for awhile but unfortunately Albert didn't do that to the other quarterback when he was here but no we did not we did not.