Thursday, February 3, 2011
Final report card: Offensive line
By Ohm Youngmisuk
We’re taking a look back and delivering our final grades for the 2010 season. We will be grading position by position and final season awards and accolades such as MVPs and Most Improved in the Giants blog over the next few weeks.
The Giants offensive line was one of the best units on the team this season. It endured numerous injuries and yet kept plugging away with different bodies. Starting center Shaun O’Hara missed 10 games with various foot and ankle injuries but the Giants got by with Adam Koetsand Rich Seubert. Koets filled in admirably for three games until tearing his ACL. Seubert later moved over from guard and was so good at center, GM Jerry Reesereferred to him as the team’s MVP after Seubert suffered a kneecap injury in the final game of the year.
All the injuries took place on the left side of the line as the right side tandem of Chris Sneeand Kareem McKenziedidn’t miss a game.
The O-line surrendered just 16 sacks all season and didn’t allow a sack in five straight games at one point. The Giants also gained 100 yards rushing or more in a game all but three times during the season. Not bad for a unit that was ravaged by injuries and deemed as an aging group entering the year.
2011 FORECAST: O’Hara and Seubert will both be coming off offseason surgeries. With Koets also rehabbing a surgically-repaired knee, the Giants may need to draft an offensive lineman in case those three come along slowly. Boothe, whose contract is up, showed he can play center as well.
Left tackle will be a position to watch in camp. Andrews started four games when his back held up but his surgically-repaired back is a concern. Diehl wants to remain at his old spot but the Giants started him twice at left guard when Seubert was at center and they like his versatility. Beatty started twice at left tackle when both Andrews and Diehl were out. The Giants will want to see Beatty show improvement in camp.
Tom Coughlin also likes backup Mitch Petrus, who didn’t see much action in his rookie season.