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Did I just fix the Offensive Line?

I think bringing in Bryant McKinnie was a mistake. I would cut him and hope to get the 6th rounder back, but I'm not optimistic.

I was hoping that he would be mad/motivated that he got demoted and would come to the Fins with an attitude of "I will do anything I can to help the team and prove the Ravens wrong" but he just sounds defensive, arrogant, and smug. He's also not a great fit from the character point of view.

Instead, here's what I would do to fix the O-Line:

Note: probably too late to implement for the Pats and Bengals games, though I wouldn't mind seeing it used as a change of pace late in the game when they are trying to cling to a 1 point lead and avoid the dreaded sack/fumble/loss.

Move John Jerry to RT and protect him with TE (number changed) Will Yeatman. Play Danny Watkins at RG and temporarily move Mike Pouncey to LG and Richie Incognito to Center. Use a Man-Blocking scheme, not a zone blocking scheme. Play with two inline TEs, Sims and Yeatman on EVERY down. They need lots of practice together sliding the protection left/right etc.

For example a base formation would look like:

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 80 71 51 [68] 62 74 72_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

82 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 11

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 17

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 33

Alternate Formation 1

42 Clay or 34 Thigpen! in the slot (return to tailback position for possible run option)

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 80 71 51 [68] 62 74 72_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

82 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 42_ _ _ _ 11

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 17

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Alternate Formation 2 (Bunch)

42 Clay or 34 Thigpen! in the slot (return to tailback position for possible run option)

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 80 71 51 [68] 62 74 72_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 42_82 _ _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 17 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _11

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Third Down, we go with empty backfield and 10 Brandon Gibson in the slot

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 80 71 51 [68] 62 74 72_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

82 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _10 _ _ _ 11

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 17

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

The line becomes more athletic, younger, (we can actually pull in either direction with athletic guards!) and we see what we have in Watkins and Yeatman (and Jerry) or else we cut bait.

The Tackles are protected by TEs inline, who are capable of going out for a pass on occasion.

It may even improve our running game.

Pouncey will not be happy as LG long term, but hopefully Dallas Thomas is ready or we draft to take over LG and we move Pouncey back to center after the Oline crisis has passed.

What do you think?

Not sure how to fix the playcalling/offensive coordinator yet...

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