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It’s The Pitts

Many, many people have been clamoring for an addition to our Offensive line in hopes of improving our underachieving line. In all reality I agree with what our F/O has done to this point, and that is nothing at all. If you look at what happened last year you can easily see why our line struggled.

First of all we had two first time starters on the line. It is well known that an OL’s biggest strength is continuity. When you have one rookie (Loadholt) and one first year starter (Sullivan), some struggles should’ve been expected. To go with that we had many injuries throughout the year: McKinnie was playing on a bum ankle and what was called a bad back (probably from being beating to a pulp by Peppers), Herrera had shoulder problems, back problems, and after his concussion (week 11), wasn’t the same. Hutch had a bad back. Loadholt dealt with ankle problems as well. So we really had no continuity on our line all year.

Secondly, for the last three years we have been mainly a run-first offense. Run blocking is what a lineman lives for. Your job is to just hit the guy in front of you as hard as you can and drive them back. We started the year like this, and AP was running like a champ, people were talking about easily hitting 2k yards for him. Well then we went to Pittsburg and decided to pass the ball 50 times.  Our season changed at that point, our identity changed. We went from run first to BRETT first. When an OL is asked to pass block their mentality changes. Instead of mauling you have to protect an area; you more or less “guide” the defender out of your area. It is extremely difficult for a lineman to change from a mauler to a protector and back. This is why most teams are either run-first or pass-first, and if you look at the majority of pass-first teams, their running games tend to struggle.

As the year progressed people began to say how our line sucked, how AP was already losing it, etc… Well I just gave you some reasons why. By looking at our offseason it appears the coaches agree with me.

Now could our line improve? Oh Hells yes! McKinnie, although a complete putz when he decides to go out and party, is actually a pretty good LT, Julius Peppers has his number, which does scare me now that he is a Bear, but for the most part he is a top 5-10 LT in the league. Hutch is a beast, but is getting older. Sullivan was decent at best last year; I’m really hoping it was just him adjusting to the NFL. Herrera used to be one of our best run blockers, he has taken the majority of the heat from fans this offseason, and well, as I mentioned, after his concussion he did play pretty bad. I will give him the benefit of the doubt though, he did have a new guy on both sides of him and played hurt almost all year. Loadholt, had some rookie mistakes, but overall looks like he is a fixture for the next decade.

I’m sure most of you are still clamoring for a change. We did draft DeGeare, at 6-3, 325 pounds, spent three years at guard before moving to left tackle during his final season. He has versatility, which we all know Chilli loves. I like the kid’s game, but think he is a year or two away from starting. He is very athletic, but most of the analysis on him I saw mentioned how he appears to tire late in games. With the addition of Gerhart, I believe this year, with Brett or not, we are getting back to power football, meaning we need our OL to be fresh, strong, and ready to go late in games.

Enter Chester Pitts. Pitts was a left guard who has started every game in Houston’s history. He busted up his knee during week 2 last year. He underwent microfracture surgery, and in a recent conversation with Chilli, said he was about 85% but should be ready for camp. Here are his stats (from CBS sports):

Career Offensive Line Stats
Year Team G GS Pen Yds False Start Holding Sacks Allwd Yds
2002 Hou 16 16 9 75 3 5 15.50 65.00
2003 Hou 16 16 17 140 8 7 5.75 39.75
2004 Hou 16 16 12 95 7 3 6.00 34.00
2005 Hou 16 16 5 45 1 1 8.25 40.00
2006 Hou 16 16 6 45 3 3 3.75 18.25
2007 Hou 16 16 8 56 3 4 2.50 23.00
2008 Hou 16 16 2 25 0 1 2.50 20.00
2009 Hou 2 2 1 5 1 0 0.00 0.00
Totals 114 114 60 486 26 24 44.25 240.00

Currently he said Seattle is in the lead for his services, reason being is he would be handed a starting spot, taking Max Unger’s spot at RG. I would have to believe Chilli told him he would at best be promised a roster spot here, giving him a change to battle with Herrera for the starting spot. Maybe it’s just our F/O doing their “due diligence” or maybe there is actually interest. I just thought I would do a little on him to give us all an idea.

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3 Responses to “It’s The Pitts”

  1. Purple Charlie says:

    Mike, your right there was allot of injuries and other things (1st time starters ) going on…

    Most team are one or the other running or passing, I would love to see the team develop into the team the Patriots were a couple years ago, Balance of passing and running.

    Better yet, 98 Vikings…

  2. fozz44 says:

    Get crazy and sign Kevin Mawae for a year.

    • Purple Charlie says:

      Fozz, I think it makes sense , the team is built to win now, And his leadership and quality are very good…

      It’s really not crazy!!!

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