Yesterday a commenter in the heat of the moment referred to Georgia’s offensive line as “absolute crap”. Bit of an exaggeration, there, in my humble opinion. Which isn’t to say, as I referred to the situation in a prior post, that there isn’t a crap shoot aspect to what Sam Pittman faces going into spring practice.
There is some returning, experienced ability to work with, as you can see from this Dawg Sports post. Some of that’s even of a size that meets with the requirements Smart and Pittman have for offensive linemen. And if you believe that some of last year’s disappointing performance was due to Rob Sale being in over his head – and I do – then it’s not unreasonable to expect to see guys like Greg Pyke rebound under the tutelage of a position coach who knows what he’s doing.
The big problem Smart and Pittman face is all of that talent is best suited for the interior of the o-line. Mars needs women; Georgia needs offensive tackles. As Jake Rowe puts it,
It all boils down to Pittman’s ability to get a couple of tackles ready to play. Asking The Bulldogs front five on offense to be the strength this season might be a little much, but when you look at the experience and potential for veteran leadership on the interior, putting together a good season is a reasonable request.
No denying that’s a big “if” there. But overall, especially when you consider the likely prospect of using Georgia’s impressive depth at tight end to shore up some of the line’s shortcomings, it’s far from absolute crap. At least that’s my story in March, and I’ll stick to it until I see otherwise.