Then do ya think the Steelers would have gone after a G instead of Sweed in the second last year? Not that that wouldn't have been a bad idea anyway. That probably would have happened if they already had Mangold and Staley in place.Originally Posted by SidSmythe
If the Steelers would have conducted the drafts that brought Holmes and Timmons with the idea that the OL had a priority, then it would have taken three years worth of 1st and 2nd Round draft picks(half of those picks) just to adequately revamp the line w/o FA. Bearing in mind, of course, that the Mangold acquisition nullifies the need for Mahan and Hartwig.Originally Posted by NKySteeler
I'm with you when you say nothing will change anytime soon. Basically, if you take buckeyehoppy's draft logic, it would have taken three years anyway w/o FA. But "several years" isn't a luxury a team has if they want to be in the playoff mix from year to year. If the Steelers want to do it w/ no FA acquisitions, then it will probably take a minimum of three first day OL picks the next 3 years, pretty much ignoring every other need to reconstruct the line.
That's a heavy price to pay. And I'm not so sure that Colbert is anywhere near capable enough in talent evaluation to score an OL trifecta like that.
You're right. There are no easy answers. But the OL as it is presently constituted is unacceptable and needs to be dismantled. The only wildcard in that equation is when Ariens and Zierlein get the ax, do the replacements change enough of the playbook to streamline the operation to get the most out of the talent on hand? If that's the case, then the surgery gets a little less radical and the options improve for the rest of the team.