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 by PARAM
1 month ago
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Barbados   Just far enough North of Philadelphia
Hall of Fame

CanuckRightWinger wrote:So it behooves McSnead IMHO to properly protect our big Investment in Jared Goff ......and signing last year's so-so RG/OC Blythe for $3.5 Mil ($3.9 Mil max) looks well....lazy to me.


FWIW, I do not hate Blythe.....I just thought McSnead would be more inventive in finding a solution. Who knows, maybe they still will in 4 weeks at Draft time.


We have some agreement though......I believe Blythe to be a superior NFL OC to Brian NoPush Allen. 8-) No arguments there! :lol2:


I hear your concerns.

The one question I'd ask is who.....instead of Blythe......should they have signed and for how much? I don't know....haven't been following what free agents are available. I just wonder if being inventive and signing someone other than Blythe might have required actually inventing someone else. But I don't know and I don't know whomever was available and how much they wanted.

IMO, everything they've done seems to point to the possibility they are happy with who they have on roster.

On the, Whitworth signing, I believed if not him, then Castanzo (Indy) but he got 33 mil for 2 years @ 16.5 per year. We didn't have the cap room for that.

On Blythe I don't know what OCs were available or perhaps they valued him a bit higher because he can play both C and G?

Again, it all points to the possibility they are happy with who they have.

Whitworth, Blythe,....no learning the playbook needed......Havenstein, Noteboom, Edwards, Evans, Corbett, Allen and then further down the depth chart....(C's) Shelton, Trewyn, (G) Brewer, Kolone, Demby.

There's always the chance they draft an OL or two (I think the latter would be a stretch) but they've certainly got to find another RB, maybe TE, DL, LB, CB (can never have enough of them) and S. They need a reliable PK too and I would not be opposed to them using a draft pick on one.

 by safer
1 month ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
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Canuck, to your super bowl point, Sullivan was well past his prime too. IF Blythe has Corbett and Edwards by his side, then I think his play will be better too. Granted, he is way to light to hold his ground as an OG. I think the avg weight on the starting NFL centers is about 313 pounds--most are more quick, than big.

 by BobCarl
1 month ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
Superstar

Dick84 wrote:You don't pay a guy this much to backup with our cap situation, imo...


He ain't no Rodney Hudson, but I don't see how this contract guarantees him the starting job.

 by BobCarl
1 month ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
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CanuckRightWinger wrote:Not a fan of this signing.


I like having a guy that can be a solid backup at more than one position.

Wasn't it Sun Tzu that said: "An Army without a plan "B" plans to fail?"

 by CanuckRightWinger
1 month ago
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Canada   VANCOUVER, BC
Pro Bowl

As you accurately and insightfully said BobCarl…..

"Austin Blythe is no Rodney Hudson, sportsfans!!!"....or words to that effect ;)

 by JackPMiller
1 month ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
Pro Bowl

Blythe is getting $3.9M? Seriously? No one else wanted him. We could have gotten Blythe back for $1M. Jeesh.

Getting two new ugly logos, and overpaying for two Offensive Linemen, that the other 29 did not want. Ugh.

 by snackdaddy
1 month ago
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United States of America   Merced California
Hall of Fame

CanuckRightWinger wrote:FWIW, I do not hate Blythe.....I just thought McSnead would be more inventive in finding a solution. Who knows, maybe they still will in 4 weeks at Draft time.


Actually, Blythe was probably the best solution. They have limited cap space to sign a higher priced free agent. Blythe may not have been that good at guard but he clearly was an upgrade over Allen at center. And there is that continuity thing. For the 2020 season it was the best solution.

Of course, it would be a good idea to draft a replacement. Blythe is only under contract for one season. But lets get real here. The odds of finding a starter on day 2 or 3 of the draft are not high. They have more pressing needs at the moment. If they do draft a center it will be for beyond 2020.

 by PARAM
1 month ago
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Barbados   Just far enough North of Philadelphia
Hall of Fame

snackdaddy wrote:Actually, Blythe was probably the best solution. They have limited cap space to sign a higher priced free agent. Blythe may not have been that good at guard but he clearly was an upgrade over Allen at center. And there is that continuity thing. For the 2020 season it was the best solution.

Of course, it would be a good idea to draft a replacement. Blythe is only under contract for one season. But lets get real here. The odds of finding a starter on day 2 or 3 of the draft are not high. They have more pressing needs at the moment. If they do draft a center it will be for beyond 2020.


BINGO!!!!

I just posted a thread of the top 90 available free agents (as of 3/31), according to PFF, many folks favorite site to rank players. Who would have been a better choice than Blythe and Whitworth? Keep in mind, even if a guy on that list floats your boat, Blythe and Whitworth have absolutely zero playbook to learn. They know it already.

As far as a replacement, I agree. An OC would be nice in the draft....for the future with zero expectation to play this year.

 by CanuckRightWinger
1 month ago
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Canada   VANCOUVER, BC
Pro Bowl

Um, before I order all ChurchBells to ring thoughout the nation in celebration over the signing of Austin Blythe....a couple of facts:

Blythe was a 27 year old UFA.
He signed a ONE YEAR DEAL.
.....so it's not like Austin Blythe (and his Agent, Slim Pickins) took the League by storm, eh! :idea2:

From Rams Management Standpoint:
McSnead must've been sold by Kromer that Los Ramos only need the vet-bandaid-solution from Blythe for a single season, as AK has a diamond in the rough OC for the Rams future needs amongst Allen, Corbett, Trewyn, Shelton, Kolone, Demby et al. :?

From Blythe Camp Standpoint:
The phone wasn't ringing-off-the-hook......so they took the ONE YEAR deal....and they took it EARLY! :idea2:
Maybe Blythe thinks he can play lights out in 2020, and get a big 2021 UFA payday like Dante Fowler did following his One-Year-Prove-It deal. :?2:

Let's hope Austin Blythe, the former Iowa State wrestling champion, heals up his 2 shoulders and lower leg injuries 100% for 2020 and plays solidly at OC for Goff and the Rams.

Let us hope to not see a Jake Long//Kyle Turley post-operative return-to-play disaster eh!

 by PARAM
1 month ago
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 Joined:  Jul 15 2015
Barbados   Just far enough North of Philadelphia
Hall of Fame

CanuckRightWinger wrote:Um, before I order all ChurchBells to ring thoughout the nation in celebration over the signing of Austin Blythe....


You have that power? I think that request would be just a bit over the top.

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