Vikings' platoon at guard is still evolving
Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
Updated: November 28, 2012 - 9:41 PM
Brandon Fusco remains the starter on the right side, but backup Geoff Schwartz is beginning to get more reps.
Packers notes: Sherrod platoons at left tackle
GREEN BAY — The Packers gave first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod his first extended playing time in more than two months, using him at left tackle for nearly half of Sunday's 46-16 victory against the Raiders.
It came a week after Marshall Newhouse struggled against the New York Giants and suggests that coach Mike McCarthy might be unhappy with how Newhouse has performed in relief of Chad Clifton, who has been out since the Oct. 9 game at Atlanta because a torn hamstring.
Sherrod, who last played meaningful snaps against the Falcons, came into the game at the start of the second quarter. He played part of one series before Newhouse finished the half. Sherrod then returned at the start of the third quarter and played the entire second half at left tackle.
Newhouse's only playing time in the second half came at right guard on the final series, when all the Packers had to do was take a knee to run out the clock. On that final series, right guard Evan Dietrich-Smith moved over to center.
"Derek Sherrod and Marshall and Dietrich(-Smith), we've been working that rotation really for two weeks," McCarthy said. "We went exclusively with Marshall and Dietrich(-Smith) up in New York, but we felt it was important to get all three of those guys in the different combinations we've been working into this game. We were able to accomplish that."
Buffalo Bills' Offensive Line Off To A Hot Start
The Buffalo Bills have a rookie left tackle and are rotating two players at right tackle. The unit is hardly star-studded, yet through two games in the 2012 season, Buffalo's offensive line has been lights out.
Buffalo currently leads the NFL in rushing offense, averaging 198 yards per game - blowing the No. 2 Miami Dolphins out by an average of 27 yards per contest. C.J. Spiller, who has 292 rushing yards at over 10 yards per carry, is the NFL's leading individual rusher.
I understand what you are saying about continuity and I agree with the general belief. That said, I think you can platoon 2 guys and be successful with it. Now, I wouldn't be swapping guys in every other play, or switching guys all around, like from left tackle, to right guard, then over to right tackle, etc. The "platooning" has to be very limited in focus, of that, I would definitely agree.
Funny and ironic thing is that back in the preseason, I talked about the continuity of the oline and how they couldn't really gel as guys were being moved all around and swapped between first and second teams.