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  • #16
    Originally posted by Astorian View Post
    Surely almost all QBs are 'ambidextrous' enough to be able to hand the ball off safely with either hand. On the other hand (foot?), right-handed RBs are usually more comfortable going to their right than their left. For one thing, it's more natural to carry the ball in their right hand than their left. Similarly, it's easier to plant the right foot and cut to the left than vice-versa.
    That may be true, but it seems that a lot of fumbles happen during the hand off exchange. You could argue that a QB should be ambidextrous, but then should he be comfortable enough to step back with his left foot as much as his right? Anyway, the point I was trying to make was that it is arguable either way, and that in the running game Right Tackles are just as valuable as Left Tackles. In the passing game it is a completely different story.

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    • #17
      every postion on the oline is important
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      • #18
        Originally posted by ShakeandBake View Post
        I agree with your post up until the last paragraph. If you think about it, being right handed QB would make running to the left easier because of how the QB hands the ball off. If your basic running play goes to the left, when the ball is snapped the QB will take a step backwards with his left foot, open his hips and he will deliver the ball to the runnning back with his right hand, and the way the running back takes the ball on a hand off should make it easy for him to put the ball in either hand. The opposite is true if the running play goes to the right side, and one could argue that running to the left is safer because of the QB/RB exchange, in the case of a right handed QB of course. I really don't think the whole superiority thing of LT vs RT is really applicable in the running game since the QB can be blind either way depending on where the run is designed to go.
        All QBs learn to hand off with either hand.
        I don't always root for the Cowboys but when I do I wear my pink Jessica Simpson edition Romo jersey. (yes I lost a bet)

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Kruunch View Post
          The article is silly.

          Left Tackles and Right Tackles in a perfect world should be of equal value, however in the real world one rarely gets the chance to have two perfect walls at both OT spots.

          The primary difference between LT and RT is that most QBs are right handed. So when they drop back they naturally face towards the right, as their right shoulder dips back in preparation to throw. This means that the QB is, by default, facing the right side and seeing any rush coming from that side. Accordingly, they can react if a blitzer or pass rusher on that side comes free. Conversely, the left side becomes the "blindside". That's where a defense will naturally put their best past rusher and thus where the best pass protector should be. Hence why LTs are so important.

          Now defenses will attempt to shift pass rushers around and/or blitz from different sides and angles, stunt, twist, etc ... all of this is to disrupt and confuse the aforementioned paradigm. However, the premise is still the same ... a right handed QB will face towards the right side naturally, and the left side will almost always be a blind spot for him, so you want the guy you trust most to protect that side.

          So when a scout says "that guy is only a RT" what they are really saying is he's a capable OT, but 20% of the time (or pick your arbitrary number) allows a rusher to come free. So we don't TOTALLY trust him. Conversely, a scout saying "this guy is a pure LT" is the same as saying this guy is a total wall and never (or almost never) allows pressures and free rushers so this is the guy we naturally want to protect the blind side of our QB.
          You're talking about an initial 1-2 second window where the right handed QBs always face towards their dominant side but when they do throw towards the left side of the field (which is only a few times less than people actually believe in comparison to the right), they have to turn their body facing the left side of the field so they can properly scan and read the secondary. At this point, the right side is now blind to them and not the left. Pressure rarely happens in that initial window you are speaking of in this post.

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          • #20
            I dont think either OT is gaining value, they are losing value, IMO.

            This past draft just had no talent at other positions. Was all at either OL or DT.

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            • #21
              LT is still more important but not for as big a margin as say the '90s. Team run less, so you don't need that big RT. Teams pass more so your RT better be able to protect. Still the blind side is the most important OL.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Kruunch View Post
                All QBs learn to hand off with either hand.
                All running backs learn to carry the ball with both hands as well, so either way your point about running left and right is moot.

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                • #23
                  Right tackles never lost value. However, the usual blind side ( the left) because most QB's are right handed and start their take away with their back to the left side and have less of a view of the oncoming side of the defense from his left. Some RB's like running to one side or the other because of their inate ability to make a tackler miss. But the tackles still do the same job: mow 'em down or keep the QB upright. Go Giants!

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                  • #24
                    RT lost value when teams stopped emphasizing the power running game. Now that defenses have become smaller, with an emphasis on pass defense, I think the overpowering right tackle is incredibly valuable. Teams that put some power back in the OL are going to be able to run right over some of today's defenses. Then, all of a sudden weak LB is going to be exposed in spades. The additon of Hank on our inside is good; but we're light on the end, and have horrible linebackers. A good running team is going to eat us alive.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by TheEnigma View Post
                      Well I do believe from the film I watched on Pugh, he might actually translate better to handling speed rushers on 3rd down like your Von Millers or Barkevious Mingos (just throwing out body types) than a traditional LDE who could easily get into his pads and overpower him with a bull rush. NFL teams reportedly do use the services of PFF and perhaps this data helped influence the Giants to shore up the RT spot. Diehl was just too big of a weakness there to continue having him start.

                      Do you have any idea how many 5 or 7 step drops Syracuse employs in comparison to the Gilbride offense? If the Orange are using 3 step drops to the amount you say they are, Pugh could have an initial adjustment period that is rough.
                      I dont think he is nearly strong enough yet to play guard. His best spot might be LT

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                      • #26
                        I think that the comment by JR regarding his big hands, smarts and potential to play center may be telling; setting expectations.... It will be really fun to watch the way things play out this summer. Pugh wasn't my favorite pick but I am happy we picked up some youth for the OL.

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                        • #27
                          All O-linemen have value. If you whole O-line and receivers are good blockers, it will be hard to stop the offense in passing and running. Don't forget about Dallas O-line in the 90s.

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                          • #28
                            We won a Super Bowl with a crap RT so...yeah. I don't know the alst time there was a Super Bowl winner with a crap QB or crap receivers, etc but I'll look it up.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Sovereign View Post
                              We won a Super Bowl with a crap RT so...yeah. I don't know the alst time there was a Super Bowl winner with a crap QB or crap receivers, etc but I'll look it up.
                              Then the RT was not crap then. Not all teams have good REs either.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Diamondring View Post
                                Then the RT was not crap then. Not all teams have good REs either.
                                This is classic GWAT

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