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67 calsteel 08-13-2012 11:57 AM

time to go shopping
With the way the offensive tackles played in the first preseason game and injuries.It is time to look to starting for help.
We are not sure if Starks will be ready anytime soon.Adams had his problems in first game plus is out at least 2 weeks.

3 free agents to look at.
Left tackle Chad Clifton
Right tackles Stacy Adrews,Keith McKenzie.

Cut essex!He can no longer play tackle.He is now only going to see time at guard.Where he is behing foster and Legurski.

Take his salary and sign one of these guys

El-Gonzo Jackson 08-13-2012 12:36 PM

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I dont see it happening. Gilbert can play LT, Starks will probably be ready by opening day. Adams will be back by opening day and they will keep Essex as a T/G that likely dresses on gameday.

I think the best thing should have been put Gilbert at LT, try Adams at RT first, but its likely going to be Starks at LT and Gilbert at RT come opening day. As much as people kept telling me "rookies start all the time" or "Adams will practice against the best pass rushers in the league and be ready" I think he has a lot to learn, which is normal. I still think its easier to learn at RT instead of protecting the $100 million blindside of Ben.

Steelersfan87 08-13-2012 03:35 PM

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Let's not panic after one preseason game. The regular season is 4 weeks away. By the way, for what it's worth, Adams showed well in the running game.

pancake 08-13-2012 03:39 PM

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No need to panic.

Hawaii 5-0 08-13-2012 04:25 PM

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Originally Posted by pancake (Post 1022238)
No need to panic.

agreed, Adams and Starks will both reportedly be ready to practice within the next week or two...

67 calsteel 08-14-2012 12:32 PM

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Call it panic if you want.It still is something we should do.We are supposed to be protecting big Ben and improving our offensive line.This should included the backups as well.
Essex is a player that could not beat J.Scott for starting LT last year.Could not keep a starting job on a terrible offensive line.Now Foster has moved ahead of him at tackle.So now he is a 5th tackle.5th guard and 3rd center until Ryan Lee beat him out their.

Why not upgrade with a player like Clifton.Former Pro Bowl who has startes 159 games at left tackle.Gone up against some of the top pass rushers such as J.ALLEN,J.PEPPERS,TUCK,D.WARE,ORAKPO to name a few.Plus we face the last 3 this season.

IF we need him to start that means we have had lots of injuries at tackle.I would take him starting over essex any day.

Worst case he plays alot of games.Again better than Essex.

1st year players and rockie sometimes struggle their first time playing.Players get hurt.IT is just the nature of football.Why not be prepared for all cases.

Best case does not play.Trade deadline approaches and we have 2 left tackles(stark s tarks and clifton) to trade for draft picks.Both would be better than what is left on the free agent market during the season.2 possible teams that may need he Patriots(already brought him in for tryout and THe washington redskins.The skins starters Trent Williams(one drug test away from a year suppension and Jamal Brown who hasn't played a full season in years with a bad hip).

Atlanta Dan 08-14-2012 12:43 PM

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The solution is obvious

Bring back Kemo!

GoFor7 08-14-2012 12:45 PM

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If there's anything this thread has taught me, it's that we should be thankful the fans don't run the organization.

67 calsteel 08-14-2012 12:56 PM

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Well said!That is they addvantage of HAVING one of the best run organiztions of all sports.

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