I was watching the Steelers/Browns game the other night (Thank God a million times over that Stephen Ross ended his infatuation with Deshaun Watson). On some plays, the Steelers used six offensive linemen, essentially having two left tackles.
They ran sweeps that way, and had good gains every time.
It got me thinking about if/when Terron Armstead is ready to come back. Kendall Lamm has played beautifully at left tackle for two games, and he deserves to keep playing. I don’t think we should immediately bench him when Armstead comes back. Instead, I hope McDaniel sees the value in both of these guys and comes up with some gadget plays (or simple power runs to the left) to utilize them both at once.
It’s a good problem to have when you have two guys who are doing well. The solution is sometimes to use them together.
I was thinking the same thing on the other side of the ball. Jaelen Phillips should be good to return on Sunday, so then what do we do with Andrew Van Ginkel, who filled in perfectly for Phillips on Sunday night? The easy answer is to move AVG back to normal LB and have Phillips resume on the edge.
But what if Fangio devised a way–on some, not all, plays–to have both AVG and Phillips AND Chubb at the line of scrimmage…either with or without Sieler and Wilkins? On Sunday, AVG proved his value when he lines up at DE. I think it’s a mistake to automatically take him out of there. Keep him there and let the O line and QB worry. And they will indeed worry, especially when he’s lined up right next to Phillips, instead of 5 yards behind him.
This could be a fun day Sunday…