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#1 krunk

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:31 AM

I was getting used to him doing a good job at guard. Now all we see is Reitz in his place. Originally they claimed it was a concussion out of the blue. From that point on he has been sitting the bench if I'm not mistaken. I assume they feel Reitz is better. I'm not sure if I feel Reitz is better though?

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#2 The Peytonator

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:40 AM

Reitz is the better lineman. Link is great depth though, especially since he can play 4/5 positions on the line. I think he's better than McGlynn, but they probably don't want to mess with the chemistry too much at this point.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:42 AM

I think Linkenbach is the better Guard but I dont think either are starting Guards in the NFL

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:49 AM

Reitz is the better lineman. Link is great depth though, especially since he can play 4/5 positions on the line. I think he's better than McGlynn, but they probably don't want to mess with the chemistry too much at this point.

I think we are still searching for O Line of the future in at least 3 spots, I dont see messing with chemistry as such a big deal in this case because its not like our O Line has played really good through 10 games and like I said, There is at least two or three O Linemen that are starting now for us that are very replaceable, and this is a genuine concern and not a shot at him but I am not sure Castonzo is our Left Tackle of the future either. Honestly like I said I think we are still trying to build our O Line

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:09 AM

I think we are still searching for O Line of the future in at least 3 spots, I dont see messing with chemistry as such a big deal in this case because its not like our O Line has played really good through 10 games and like I said, There is at least two or three O Linemen that are starting now for us that are very replaceable, and this is a genuine concern and not a shot at him but I am not sure Castonzo is our Left Tackle of the future either. Honestly like I said I think we are still trying to build our O Line


I just meant the chemistry for this year. I agree though, at least 3 of the spots on the line have to be improved. Everybody is serviceable in their own way, but you should never stop trying to get better. Castonzo is a poor pass protector, but an excellent run blocker, and should continue with the improvement. Reitz is kinda the same, but less dominant as a run blocker, and slightly better in pass pro. Satele is a decent at both, but inconsistent at best. McGlynn is a little better than we all thought, but that's not really saying much. Justice is the exact opposite of Castonzo.

#6 lollygagger8

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:24 AM

Since we're talking about chemistry......it seems that it's alot better with Shipley in a Center.

#7 Imped

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:10 AM

Since we're talking about chemistry......it seems that it's alot better with Shipley in a Center.


Agreed x100. I feel like it's a no brainer but AQ remains on the bench. I don't get it.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:18 AM

I guess the coaches feel that Reitz is the better lineman.

It is strange how Link just got a concussion out of the blue even though he was playing pretty decently.

Either way, I only see Castonzo, Justice, and maybe Satele on our offensive line next year.
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#9 Esquire59

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:22 AM

Reitz is Arians favorite lineman on our Colts. He claims he was the best lineman in OTAs and camp and is still not back from what was a moderately bad knee injury. I'll take BA at his word. Reitz had a lot of growing pains last season but blossomed into a serviceable lineman. I can believe he showed great improvement pre-injury in 2012. He'll work slowly back as the season progresses. I expect he and Castanzo to be the keystones of the o-line for several years. Justice is on that list too. On Linkenbach - I've really grown to like this guy. He takes a beating in the media. Remember, he, too, is a young player. As someone mentioned, the guy can play 4 of 5 o-line positions. That's huge beyond words. I also agree that he's a better G than a T.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:41 AM

I think Linkenbach is the better Guard but I dont think either are starting Guards in the NFL


Dear Freaking God...

You have nearly 7600 posts and I am completely convinced that 95% of those have been a theme similar to this. Can you just assume that we all know your position on the line the next time the topic comes up.

#11 TKnight24

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:59 AM

All I will say is this: The o-line lineup isn't complete

Take it how you wish lol

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#12 MR. Blueblood

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:06 AM

Dear Freaking God...

You have nearly 7600 posts and I am completely convinced that 95% of those have been a theme similar to this. Can you just assume that we all know your position on the line the next time the topic comes up.


:lol:
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#13 throwingBBS

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:01 PM

Linkenbach can play 4-5 Positions... hahahahahahahaha The guy can`t PASS BLOCK .... Period. He can`t play ANY position.
He actually did run block DECENT at LG but you can`t play him because he is a DANGER to the QB and the passing game.

And again, Shipley is a DISASTER in the running game because he is WAY TO SLOW to Pull. He just can`t get out to make the Blocks.

Neither of these two are NFL caliber.

Castonzo i expect is playing on a less than 100% ankle. If so, and a troublesome ankle is his future, we will need a new LT.
And again, guards have to pull to make a running game and I an Not seeing Reitz getting out and leading runs to the right.
It is a MUST to have a balanced running attack. If he has a lack of speed there is only one way to fix it.

#14 lollygagger8

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:04 PM

I wasn't happy when we let Essex go. We should've kept him. He can play all 5 spots as well and would provide great depth.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:01 PM

I'm surprised Reitz remains so underappreciated here. He's our second best lineman to Costanzo. He's starting over Linkenbach because he is much, much better. However, this time around, I thought Linkenbach was serviceable at LG (though not so much at RT). I agree about AQ...I think he will be the starter next year from the beginning of OTAs. He's earned it. I expect us to draft a RT next year, and stand pat on the interior of the line. Hopefully, a healthy Justin Anderson or Tony Hills can take McGlynn's job from him. Linkenbach could still be an option there too...

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#16 Gavin

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:53 PM

Tony Hills seriously? The guy has played like trash when called upon, he has no balance

#17 The Peytonator

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:59 PM

Dear Freaking God...

You have nearly 7600 posts and I am completely convinced that 95% of those have been a theme similar to this. Can you just assume that we all know your position on the line the next time the topic comes up.


You have over 1600 posts and I am completely convinced 1,000% of those start with a 'Dear God...' or a 'Dear Freaking God...'

Often it's deserved, but your predictable cynicism gets old.

#18 Gavin

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:04 PM

You have over 1600 posts and I am completely convinced 1,000% of those start with a 'Dear God...' or a 'Dear Freaking God...'

Often it's deserved, but your predictable cynicism gets old.

I was just thinking Skinnz should change his name to Dear Freaking God and just click the quote button that would save him time from having to type out Dear Freaking God all the time but its hard to take someone seriously when most of there posts say the same thing ....Dear Freaking God!

#19 RomanianColtsFan

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:09 PM

I don't know but Reitz is better. Watch the protection on Lucks TD to Hilton. Costanzo loses the block on the pass rusher and Reitz quickly notices that, lets his man go and chips the pass rusher just enough for Luck to release the ball.

http://www.nfl.com/v...on-8-yd-pass-TD

#20 bahhummbug

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:04 PM

Agreed x100. I feel like it's a no brainer but AQ remains on the bench. I don't get it.

Same here cannot see why sat is still in at center.He just gets man handled and pushed back.Plz get AQ back in.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:47 PM

Same here cannot see why sat is still in at center.He just gets man handled and pushed back.Plz get AQ back in.


One of the sacks Luck took against the Bills was because of Satele. His guy beat him and then he held him.

#22 JoKeR

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:36 PM

Since we're talking about chemistry......it seems that it's alot better with Shipley in a Center.

I don't get why Satele gets the nod to start either, he gets schooled a lot.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:39 PM

You have over 1600 posts and I am completely convinced 1,000% of those start with a 'Dear God...' or a 'Dear Freaking God...'

Often it's deserved, but your predictable cynicism gets old.

He's like our Grouchy Smurf, always in a bad mood, always says the same thing.

* he has some FB knowledge though, just doesn't share it much

#24 krunk

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:08 PM

I've been calling for Satele to sit down for most of the season. Please give us A.Q.! Come on B.A.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:26 PM

Castonzo is a poor pass protector, but an excellent run blocker....

Justice is the exact opposite of Castonzo.


???

I would have probably said the exact opposite. Except I don't think Castonzo is poor at any element of playing offensive line.
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#26 The Peytonator

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:42 PM

???

I would have probably said the exact opposite. Except I don't think Castonzo is poor at any element of playing offensive line.


There's a pretty obvious reason we almost exclusively run to the left.

Also, I remember reading that Justice hadn't given up a sack until he went against Cameron Wake. I like Castonzo quite a bit, but he is not the best at pass pro just yet. He will get there one day imo. Duane Brown had very similar game in his first couple years, now he's an extremely underrated talent that shuts down pass rushers.

#27 TheJACKCOLT

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:55 PM

I agree, Reitz is our second best lineman, the left side is set.I've been calling for Shipley to start over Satele all season. The offense has been much more productive when Shipley has been in at center.I would like to see Link in place of Mcglynn too. Justice has been a pleasant suprise at RT too,for the most part he has been solid.

#28 Slick_Rick

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:38 AM

I was very excited when we got Samson. I thought he brought a nastiness to the line that we missed. As for Link, I'm not sure what happened. I think Reitz is better, however, I'm not completely disgusted with him this year.

#29 Superman

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:56 AM

There's a pretty obvious reason we almost exclusively run to the left.

Also, I remember reading that Justice hadn't given up a sack until he went against Cameron Wake. I like Castonzo quite a bit, but he is not the best at pass pro just yet. He will get there one day imo. Duane Brown had very similar game in his first couple years, now he's an extremely underrated talent that shuts down pass rushers.


The left side of the line is better than the right side of the line. I don't think that's because Castonzo is poor at pass blocking.

I guess I just don't see what you see. No big. Castonzo definitely has improvement to make, and we need more talent a several spots on the line. We agree there.
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#30 bluecolt

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:04 AM

Link was playing extremely well. I dont think he should have lost his starting job. Although he will bring great depth to this o line






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