So, Sewak wants Freddie to be the Center. That's what they were hoping for. But, Freddie hasn't come back the same player (not as physical). So, they're going to have to go with O'Reilly and maybe Freddie could contribute at OT, where we're also struggling a ton.Mike Sewak said:
"I've been waiting for Freddie to do something, and I haven't seen it yet," Sewak said. "We had a couple guys go down, and so I got a chance to get him out there . . . so I could see him play hard and fast.
"I want him to be the center [but] . . . as many snaps as he's missed; he hasn't played in a year, he wasn't [being] as physical as he had been, and today was really the first time I saw him be physical."
One thing that makes sense in my mind also with our system having OL changing positions is that it's always an inside guy changing to outside and never the opposite. This makes a lot of sense if you think about how in general we want our best guys at GCG in this offense. So, you start them out there and then move them out when either the pecking order is established such that you have the extra man to go there or if the need arises. You want your best guys at the most important positions but also want your best guys on the field, so you put your best of the best inside and then once you're established there then let the best of the rest fill in the gaps at OT.As vamos says...could the system lend its hand to do this and be ok??? Maybe....I don't know. I never played in this system, but I am just offering my viewpoint on one thing that I think could contribute to our OL play. Its just an opinion.
Again, I'm concerned about the Center position. I'm going to do some speculation and reading between the lines here (dangerous I know). Last year we had a situation where Jay Finch was hurt in preseason and the coaches and everyone were lamenting what we were going to do. It was at that point that O'Reilly was moved to Center and the reports on him at that position at that time were very bad. I remember CPJ was asked what he was going to do about Center and who would play if Jay was unable, and he said STTE "We need Jay to play". So, Jay ended up playing, and I think he played at less than 100% all year. Obviously that was still a much better option than O'Reilly playing.
The reports about Freddie Burden were all glowing. But, he got injured, which was again one of the things that was causing panic about the center position with Jay hurt because Freddie was considered the future of the position (Scout team player of the year the year before).
In my mind, the whole position was going to depend on how Freddie Burden came back from a major injury, and it looks like he hasn't come back as well as hoped. And, I think the coaches are feeling the same way. Here are Sewak's comments:
So, Sewak wants Freddie to be the Center. That's what they were hoping for. But, Freddie hasn't come back the same player (not as physical). So, they're going to have to go with O'Reilly and maybe Freddie could contribute at OT, where we're also struggling a ton.
It isn't good. I think the Center position (and maybe the OT position) could end up holding this offense back this year. That's where you're going to see the difference between us having a chance against a good defense/team and getting shut down. If we can't make people commit the right amount of people to stop the dive, it means the dive isn't a threat, and the outside will be covered, and it won't make a hill of beans how fast our QB is.
The only hope here to me is that O'Reilly is much better than I'm giving him credit for and is a legit player and can get the job done well. There are a couple of posters on here who believe that, so that gives some hope. It's quite possible he had the talent all along and just needed the knowledge, experience, and body work to get to a high level of play. And, hopefully that's what has happened since last summer. Hopefully it's that and not just what has been forced to happen by default due to Burden not returning as the same player (yet).