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    How necessary are elite LTs for a franchise?

    If you have been on this site for more than a day, you know that Walt says that you need a very good LT to do well in this league. I believed this for a while until I looked at the past few years and which LTs won SBs and even made the playoffs.

    I will have a key next to each OT with how he grades out:

    E=Elite
    VG=Very good
    G=Good
    A=Average
    SP=Subpar
    P=Poor

    2009:

    SB Winning LT: Bushrod (SP)
    Other SB LT: Johnson (SP)

    Other LTs in the playoffs:

    Flozell Adams (SP)
    Bryant McKinnie (SP)
    Chad Clifton (A)
    Mike Gandy (SP)
    Jason Peters (VG)
    Jared Gaither (E)
    D'Brickashaw Ferguson (VG/E)
    Matt Light (G)
    Marcus McNeill (A)
    Andrew Whitworth (G/VG)

    2008 SB Winning LT: Max Starks (P)
    2008 SB Losing LT: Mike Gandy (SP)

    2007 SB Winning LT: David Diehl (P)
    2007 SB Losing LT: Matt Light (E)

    That stats do not lie. Maybe LTs are overrated a bit here.
    Last edited by wraith36444; 03-17-2010 at 06:28 PM.
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    I disagree with a few of your grades but you do bring up an interesting point. KC Joyner wrote a book about this a few years and one of his big arguments is pointing out that some of the more successful teams didn't have elite left tackles:
    http://www.amazon.com/Blindsided-Ove.../dp/0470124091

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    Clifton was elite, especially before his injury and age began to take a toll
    And now for something completely different

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    Colts and Saints LT both sucked. You can make up for it with a great scheme and the rest of the OL being competent
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    Quote Originally Posted by packman_jon View Post
    Clifton was elite, especially before his injury and age began to take a toll
    This year he was not though.

    Which grades seem to be way off? I do not want to hear why Starks is only subpar as opposed to poor, but why someone who I marked as average or below is very good or elite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sitisfit View Post
    Colts and Saints LT both sucked. You can make up for it with a great scheme and the rest of the OL being competent
    Also Brees has a quick release and both him and Peyton feel the rush and can move away from it.

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    And last year?
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    How is Peters VG?

    I agree and have been trying to tell people this in the CMD.

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    Whoa whoa. Matt Light was defiantly an 'E' in 2007. He was the best OT that season. He just got debacled in the SB...


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    Quote Originally Posted by mpg1995 View Post
    How is Peters VG?

    I agree and have been trying to tell people this in the CMD.
    Basically the elite tackles IMO are: Thomas, Long, Gaither and Ferguson is borderline
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