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    Mike Webster --> Dermontti Dawson --? Maurkice Pouncey

    I wrote an article profiling Dermontti Dawson for his long-overdue hall of fame induction, and in it I spoke about how he was a bridge from Mike Webster, the old school center, to a new breed of lineman. Strong, agile, and quick. The Steelers are undoubtedly the team with the best track record at center.

    Dermontti Dawson: 2012 Hall of Fame

    I also have a training camp article up at Football Nation that talks about Mike Wallace, and how his efforts to remedy his short-term contract problems might end up being detrimental to him in the long-run.

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    From what I've been reading (The Ones Who Hit The Hardest - it's awesome), weren't Webster and the other Steelers Olinemen back in the day typically small and fast? At least until the introduction of steroids to the game.

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    I think the thing is they were small compared to today's standards, but when people are talking about Buck Buchanan being a giant at 280 pounds or so, the perception of size is a bit skewed. As far as speed goes, that's an interesting point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawns View Post
    I think the thing is they were small compared to today's standards, but when people are talking about Buck Buchanan being a giant at 280 pounds or so, the perception of size is a bit skewed. As far as speed goes, that's an interesting point.

    What you talk about with the size may be true, and I haven't gone back to see exactly what the book said, but I remember my though when I first read it was that the way the early 70s OLine was described reminded me of the descriptions of the linemen for the Broncos in the late 90s and early to mid 2000's.

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    That's a great point. You did see a lot of those linemen moving laterally in a similar fashion to Shanahan's zone blocking scheme. Maybe it wasn't his blocking scheme that was the revolutionary part of it, but the one-cut back who didn't try to dodge the defense so much as hit the hole as quickly as possible.

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    Regardless of that, however, back then offensive linemen didn't have to deal with as much movements, zone blitzes (thank you, LeBeau) and other complications that linemen have had to combat in mroe recent years.

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    One last thing, I did point out in the article that Mike Webster was NFL Network's #68 player of all time. He's there for a reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawns View Post
    That's a great point. You did see a lot of those linemen moving laterally in a similar fashion to Shanahan's zone blocking scheme. Maybe it wasn't his blocking scheme that was the revolutionary part of it, but the one-cut back who didn't try to dodge the defense so much as hit the hole as quickly as possible.
    Perhaps that is why Franco was so successful. I wasn't born until after most of these guys had retired so reading and watching the few videos I can find is all I have to use,but... It sounds like Franco was a very instinctual runner with great vision, much like the one-cut backs you refer to.


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    I see you've already learned the art of 'post count padding'


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    Pouncey has to prove to me that he can avoid recurring ankle injuries before he gets mentioned in the same sentence with Webster and Dawson. Even though I just did that
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