JBurgh, not a bad lineup, if Adams can stay healthy for a season. but leaves a lot of "ifs" in the mix. I'm just tired of us doing that with the offensive line. If xxxxxxxx can stay healthy; if xxxxxxxx can improve; if xxxxxxxx can move to a new position, etc. It's time to start plugging in some definitive answers through the draft and free agency.
Ramon Foster is a backup. Essex is a backup.
The Scotts and Tony Hills are not worth much. I know Jon had his moments of decent play at LT, but he's not a starter, and is a borderline backup at best.
Hills is just a waste of space, IMO.
As for Foster, Essex, and Scott:
I give Foster a little more credit. Right side of the line was the bread and butter for the running game, and I rarely saw the guy giving up big sacks. Didn't hear his name called much at all this season, which is the trademark of a good olineman. The less you hear his number, the better.
Essex is a backup to be sure, but he has developed into a surprisingly good one. He has acquitted himself fairly well when he's entered the game, and I'm pretty sure he played every position on the oline other than center for at least one play Sun. night. There's no need to try to make him a starter because he's never going to develop any further. He's as good as he'll ever be, and he is making a respectable career out of being a serviceable reserve.
Scott is kind of the wild card, for this reason. He improved dramatically as the season and the playoffs progressed. Can he get any better? Could he eventually displace Starks or move to RT? Too early to say, but he seems like a fighter and I wouldn't totally count him out. Again, at any rate, his experience this year make him a solid reserve.
Kemo is an idiot. Damn near cost us the Ravoons game. As a side note, I'm starting to think KFox has Kemo's same intelligence level.
Still hoping we might get the tackle from USC, Pouncey Jr., or just about anyone else who can shore up this group. Time to protect The Franchise.