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Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on June 22, 2010 at 9:14 am with 5 Comments »
June 22, 2010 12:19 pm

On the question about Gibbs’ early influence on the offensive line:

Before the O-Line went mute (another Gibbs influence), I talked to Sean Locklear about his impressions. He said the line greatly respected his reputation, and that his gruff nature might be exactly what they need.

An example: After one play in OTAs, when Okung squared off with Red Bryant a little bit, Gibbs praised Okung for not backing down. “Take no (expletive),” Gibbs told him. That seemed a real display of Gibbs’ nature and also the influence he will have on the group.

Okung’s run blocking has been very good, I think. He has an uncommonly (for NFL tackles) low stance which seems suited for run blocking but might be a liability in pass blocking.

I haven’t noticed any deficiencies in Tate’s routes, other than Carroll saying that he has made some mistakes. Tate seems to be able to make up for it with the ability to go up in traffic and come down with the ball.

As for Thomas, I’ve seen less from him, but he has noticeable closing speed and seems to have a centerfielder’s knack for getting to the play.

Oh, and the third tight end. To me, McCoy has looked like one of the real steals of the draft. Seriously. I haven’t seen much of his blocking (it’s “non-contact” anyway), but he looks like a real thoroughbred, a guy who can really run and catch. He also looks comfortable in the system.

Kind of a barometer of how he’s doing, to me, seems to be that it looks like Hasselbeck is at ease throwing it to him whenever anything downfield doesn’t open up. That’s an example of trusting a rookie to be where he’s supposed to be.

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  1. Exe_Aye_Aye says:

    I have one other question. After listening to an interview from Gus Bradley, he mentioned that Cam Chancellor had the second most points (they keep score of good plays) in one of the OTA’s.

    My question, is he still making plays and consistent, or is he just having a few good plays here and there?

    I am most excited on what he could bring to the defense in what I think is one of our biggest (relying on a 37/38 year old Lawyer for a full season is not a good strategy) weaknesses.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Thanks Dave. (apologies before, I just presumed it was Eric’s post.)

  3. Been a while since I’ve seen a dave boling post!

    I remember when nobody was talking about Mebane a few years ago, and Dave was raving about his low center of gravity, calling him a “weebly top”. Boling’s word = gospel to me ever since, so after reading this, as far as I’m concerned, McCoy will be a stud.

  4. All sounds real positive. Interesting to read about McCoy – could be another nice weapon for the offense.

  5. It’s so strange to read all these scouting reports (from experts no less) about McCoy being kind of a good “plodder.” Now, all these reports indicate that he can flat out run. I love it.

    My impression has been that Okung will be a very good run blocker but will struggle in pass protection (at least to a certain degree, especially in his first year or two). I love the idea of Baker lining up next to him to help the rookie out instead of throwing Okung out on an island with speed rushers to potentially get owned (and Hass killed).

    I didn’t realize it was Dave either. Thanks, Dave.

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