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OLine Coach: Justin Pugh is a Right Tackle

Posted: 6/21/2014 10:15 AM

OLine Coach: Justin Pugh is a Right Tackle 


So can we put to rest the notion that Pugh will be moving to Left Tackle?
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"I don't see wiggle room," Flaherty said Thursday. "Matter of fact, somebody -- not anybody with anything to do with decision-making -- asked me, 'Would you experiment with him?' Why experiment? He's a starting right tackle. Do I need to move him over to left guard? He's a starting right tackle. I tell the offensive linemen: 'You're a starter. You have a position. You earned that position. To move you has got to be to help the football team.'

"Now, a guy that's a backup right tackle, to move him to left tackle, to move him to left guard, that's versatility, as everybody says. But the reason for that is he's not a starter. He's got to earn his starting position."

"Justin got better each and every game last year, and he needs to get a lot better, but I don't see it," Flaherty said of moving Pugh off of right tackle. "I don't see it in the near future. I guess you never say never, but if you're asking me today, no, I don't foresee that. You don't want to fight change if you have to do it because it's going to help your football team, but my vision right now is him being the right tackle."

"He has been, knock on wood, this past offseason, the healthiest he's been in a while," Flaherty said. "And he attacks the weight room and his technique and his fundamentals like you want somebody on the offensive line to attack, and that's to get better. So I like his attitude, and he has gotten bigger."

"He's got a high ceiling," Flaherty said. "He's nowhere close to it, as you will see. He is going to be a good player. Is he there yet? It's hard to be there after one year, it really is. But he's progressing."

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Posted: 6/21/2014 8:20 PM

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I never really supported the whole "Lets move Pugh to LG, RG, and LT" especially since he has a damn good rookie season at RT. Why move an O-Line guy when they are very good at one position? Because people hate Beatty and Snee? Not buying it.

Flaherty said it himself, versatility means your not a starter.

So why make Pugh learn more positions when it looks like he's going to excel at one?
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Posted: 6/22/2014 10:14 AM

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Let's hope for a quick release offense :-)  So Eli's blind side doesn't become what we talk about all season
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Posted: 6/22/2014 2:31 PM

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I was never in favor of moving him either. He's the perfect fit for a right tackle. He reminds me of Doug Riesenberg. They should keep him at right tackle for the rest of his career and hopefully he'll turn in a few Pro Bowl appearances but regardless should be a very solid RT for at least several years.

People get this idea that you need to be an All-Pro or Pro Bowler in order to be a good football player. Not true. A very solid player is just fine by me.

Good teams rely on their stars,
Great teams rely on each other.

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Posted: 6/24/2014 12:52 PM

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leagued wrote: I was never in favor of moving him either. He's the perfect fit for a right tackle. He reminds me of Doug Riesenberg. They should keep him at right tackle for the rest of his career and hopefully he'll turn in a few Pro Bowl appearances but regardless should be a very solid RT for at least several years.

People get this idea that you need to be an All-Pro or Pro Bowler in order to be a good football player. Not true. A very solid player is just fine by me.

People often have very high expectations and standards. They want everyone to be a pro-bowl player.  Teams are made up mostly of average to good players, who support the pro-bowlers.  We have a few pro-bowlers on this team, but mostly good working players. I agree with you 100% that a solid player is fine with me.  Pugh will man that RT spot for the next 4, hopefully more, years.  Its one less position to worry about.
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Posted: 6/24/2014 2:31 PM

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so the left tackle is whom ?????
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Posted: 6/24/2014 3:22 PM

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56801BackAgain wrote: so the left tackle is whom ?????
Simply state, not Pugh.

Realistically, start with Beatty and see where that goes.
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Posted: 6/24/2014 10:33 PM

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The Giants offensive line is trending towards the right direction in terms of re-building. Drafting Justin Pugh started the process last year.  The drafting of C Weston Richburg continued that trend this year.  

Will Beatty is the X-Factor.  If he has a similar year to last year, than we have to look for a future LT. But if he rebounds and plays like he did in 2012 than they will only be looking for a starting RG to replace Chris Snee.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 10:30 AM

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I think in 2 years Pugh will be moved to LT after we drop Beatty

Last edited 6/30/2014 10:30 AM by EliMcAdoo2014

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Posted: 6/30/2014 2:25 PM

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I disagree. Pugh did not show enough in his rookie season to imply he should be the starting LT. He may be better than what went out there at LT last year, but I think he would end up being either an excellent RT or a mediocre LT.
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Posted: 7/7/2014 12:37 PM

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NewYawka wrote: I disagree. Pugh did not show enough in his rookie season to imply he should be the starting LT. He may be better than what went out there at LT last year, but I think he would end up being either an excellent RT or a mediocre LT.
There is a difference in play between the LT and the RT spot. to say he "did not show enough" if a fallacy because he did not show ANYTHING at the LT position.

As far as the difference between RT and LT, honestly, they are both valuable positions on the offensive line. and Pugh was a 1st round draft choice, He will never command league min. salary. So is well taken care off financially.

Also, there are Pro bowl players at EVERY position. The idea he can't be a pro bowl player just because he isn't a LT is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.
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