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Old 08-25-2008, 03:33 PM   #1
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Default Hartwig/Mahan

This actually surprises me a bit. It seemed to me that the offense was running more smoothly with Mahan under center. Is it just because Mahan had more time to gel with the line? The coaches must be seeing something that I haven't seen.

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Old 08-25-2008, 03:38 PM   #2
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Default Re: Hartwig Named Strating Center

No surprise here. The player who started the thrd pre-season game was always going to be the starter.
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Old 08-25-2008, 03:51 PM   #3
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Default Re: Hartwig Named Starting Center

It was Hartwig's job to lose - he would have needed to play much worse than Mahan after being brought in as a FA
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Default Re: Hartwig Named Starting Center

This also surprises me as I clearly watched Hartwig getting blown up several times in the Vikes game, both live and on my DVR.

It is what it is and though I strongly disagree with Tomlin's decision here, as I always say - that is why they are NFL coaches and we are simply loyals.

Best of luck to Hartwig and the OL - they're going to need it.
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It was Hartwig's job to lose - he would have needed to play much worse than Mahan after being brought in as a FA
I would have said it was Mahan's to lose, he had the job last year, and I didn't see Hartwig do anything to take it away.
Go figure.
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I would have said it was Mahan's to lose, he had the job last year, and I didn't see Hartwig do anything to take it away.
Go figure.
When you play as poorly as Mahan did in 2007 and they bring in a FA to compete for your job you should assume you have lost your job - Mahan can move to guard; not giving Hartwig the starter's slot at center would be an admission he should not have been brought in
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Default Re: Hartwig Named Starting Center

So much for "Tomlin having his guys"
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Default Re: Hartwig Named Starting Center

in hartwigs defense, many a centers in the league get blown up by the williams twins.

as far as mahan looking good, he was playing against 2nd stringers with a starter quality qb and rb behind him. our second team offense is much better than most teams 2nd team defense.
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When you play as poorly as Mahan did in 2007 and they bring in a FA to compete for your job you should assume you have lost your job - Mahan can move to guard; not giving Hartwig the starter's slot at center would be an admission he should not have been brought in
Very true. Can't have mud on our face.
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Default Re: Hartwig Named Starting Center

I'm just happy to have this decision well before Week 1 of the regular season. We dang sure needed something before then. If I recall correctly, last year was a merry-go-round throughout all of training camp with nothing more than a whisper until we got closer to the regular season about the O-line.
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