This game was not the end of the world. We are still a great football team. I still will say here as I have heard many people say I agree with the fact that OVERALL, we probably do have the most talented football roster in the AFC from top to the bottom.
However, there is no denying that our O-line will prevent us from winning more games then we should. People said Bunkley and Patterson would cause us no problems on the inside. Well, they ate up Kemo, Hartwig & Simmons all day long. No need to get into how our OTs reacted to their DEs.
We do have some talent on the O-line. I've never been a big believer in Marvel since he made the switch to LT. I dont expect him to be re-signed. Like many, I do like Kemo. I just think he is better suited at RG. Let him be the mauler that he is. Hartwig has not shown me much to date. Mahan certainly outplayed him through his first 3 games last year. Simmons continues to underperform. As mentioned time and time again, and a philosophy I 100% agree with, a RG is the easiest position in football to replace. There probably was no reason to sign Simmons to the contract he got. As for Colon, I like him, but not at RT. Let's kick him inside to Guard already.
If we're paying Starks 6.9 million, we might as well play him. He cannot be as bad as the performance Colon gave last night and there's no denying Starks can get that push that was lacking in the run game.
Overall, I still have optimism for this season. The AFC has been balanced out. With Brady out, NE will falter. They just got blasted yesterday. Great game planning by the Dolphins. Indy, NE and San Diego's poor drafting has caught up to them and are no longer the powerhouses they use to be. Sure, Buffalo & Tennessee are off to 3-0 but neither is a tremendous threat IMO. Kerry Collins and Trent Edwards are not QB's that are going to take your team far enough to win the Super Bowl. Denver's offense looks terrific but their defense will hurt them down the stretch.
I do believe we are the most talented team in the AFC, but we need to fix up our O-line. While this cant be done overnight, in the short term I would like to see Starks inserted into the lineup at RT. Let Kemo, Simmons and Colon battle it for the 2 OG positions. In the '09 draft we better take 3 Oline positions in the first 4 rounds, including the 1st and 2nd. Tomlin better take a long hard look at Zierlein and how he is coaching the Oline, because we cannot afford another embarrassment like yesterday. We need to protect the franchise.