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Hypothetical Position Battle.


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Suppose you've got a position battle. For the sake of argument, let's say it's an offensive line spot.

Now, say the two guys competing are very different. One of them is very good to great something like 75% of the time, but the 25% that he's not good, he's absolutely terrible. Like, a liability. The other guy is just average across the board. Maybe 25% of his games are slightly above average and 25% are slightly below, but for the most part he just kinda does his job, wins just as often as he loses, and doesn't make any huge blocks while not making any huge mistakes either.

Which one of these guys would you choose to be your starter? There is no "choose the inconsistent guy and if he starts having a bad game, just pull him for the more consistent guy" option either, because chemistry is a thing and switching an offensive lineman in the middle of a game barely ever works out due to a lack of preparation+chemistry.

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I think it is consistency. Because think about it -- just how much extra benefit do you get from the "most incredible O lineman ever" versus merely an above average O lineman? Not much ... no matter how good he gets, he still can't block all 11 guys, score touchdowns, etc.

You don't need 1 single guy who flashes greatness on the O line. You actually need the whole line to be a brick wall ... which requires consistency from all of them.

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"Hypothetical" position battle

Is there a reason you didn't want to say Stone vs Asa?

The hypothetical wasn't about any guards at all. Stone vs. Asa is backup vs. Starter. Stone is a fringe starter at center, no more than a backup at guard. Asa is a legit starting guard, with pro bowl potential. There's no competition there.

The competition at hand is Ryan Schraeder vs. Tyler Polumbus. Schraeder is VERY GOOD in most of his games, but every now and then (see vs. Carolina in week 17 last year and the preseason game vs. Miami) he gets absolutely destroyed with no real explanation on what happened. Polumbus on the other hand is sometimes good, sometimes bad, but never plays as well as Schraeder at his best or as bad as Schraeder at his worst.

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mike smith didn't say go get me some lineman Thomas....... ffs

the gm gets the players that the coach wants and can use. the gm doesn't just pick players he likes and tells the coach to deal with it... Arthur blank just made it public this year because of all the hate towards dimi.

right or wrong?

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The hypothetical wasn't about any guards at all. Stone vs. Asa is backup vs. Starter. Stone is a fringe starter at center, no more than a backup at guard. Asa is a legit starting guard, with pro bowl potential. There's no competition there.

The competition at hand is Ryan Schraeder vs. Tyler Polumbus. Schraeder is VERY GOOD in most of his games, but every now and then (see vs. Carolina in week 17 last year and the preseason game vs. Miami) he gets absolutely destroyed with no real explanation on what happened. Polumbus on the other hand is sometimes good, sometimes bad, but never plays as well as Schraeder at his best or as bad as Schraeder at his worst.

Polumbus pretty much plays at Schraeders floor all the time. If he makes this team it will be specifically because of a lack of options and we will be in big trouble if he has to start.

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