Kevin Mawae knows a thing or two about playing offensive lines.
So we should probably listen when he speaks out against moving guys down the Indianapolis Colts offensive line to possibly plug a hole on the left tackle.
In a recent media session, Mawae, assistant to the Colts’ first year offensive line coach, stated that “you can’t just plug players anywhere on the line” when asked how difficult it was to go from guard to tackle or tackle to switch guard.
“I just think in general, not about this team specifically, but in general it’s not as simple as everyone thinks. I think everyone says, “Just put them on guard.” Well, it just doesn’t happen that way. I think there are unique tools and attributes a security guard must have compared to a device and a center, and just plug and play is not the way to go about that. Of course I think you want to have the best five guys in the field, but you also want the best five out there. I know that’s the goal of this organization and we have some talented offensive linemen. It was fun watching their movie and getting to know them as they trickle in and out of the building from time to time. It’s not that easy to say, “Take this guy to this place.” There is a sporty level of comfort. There are people who can and then spiritually there are some people who can and cannot. There is always this challenge. But I think the biggest goal of any organization is to make sure you have the top five available people who work best together. “
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While Mawae didn’t delve into the speculation of moving Quenton Nelson left to replace Anthony Castonzo, who retired in January, his statement about moving guys along the offensive line should give us a pretty good idea of where the Colts find the idea to move their superstar guard to a new position.
While Nelson played well in limited action in the left tackle last year, standing in for Castonzo who dealt with injuries, he’s the best guard in the league. So it would be unwise to switch him to the left duel, regardless of whether he can do it or not.
Mawae is at the right place when it comes to putting someone on the line. It’s nowhere near as easy as it sounds.
In order for the Colts to have their best start 5 combination on the field up front, it starts and ends with Nelson on the left next to the Pro Bowl caliber center Ryan Kelly.
The 2021 NFL Draft is a great opportunity for the Colts to find their next franchise links tackle without disrupting Nelson and creating another hole down the offensive line.
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