George Foster Will Be Starting For the Detroit Lions

JayContributor IApril 14, 2009

When George Foster re-signed earlier this summer, He triumphantly proclaimed that he sees himself as a starter. Now the fans either scoffed at these statements as delusional or ignored them as the rants of your typically ambitious, hopelessly optimistic professional athlete. 

I mean given the facts on the ground:

The Lions have two pedestrian yet former first round draft-picks at tackle.

The Lions may use the first pick in the draft on a left tackle

Foster was never able to keep his offsides penalties to a minimum as a starter

He was beaten out at tackle by a guard that had lost his own starting spot in the same system.

He was below average in space when he was left on an island in the Mike Martz offense.

And the fact that he lost his spot again last year to a rookie that clearly outperformed him as a starter by being...pedestrian (which is decent considering he's a rookie).

Now given all of this, why would anyone take Foster seriously as a possible starter?

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Then I remember something Martin Mayhew said about kicking Backus inside to guard. He said that there really wasn't that much exclusivity to the positions. In other words, it's not that big of a transition from one to another. 

Now originally this analysis was in regards to either Backus or the new No. 1 pick kicking inside to shore up the left-side of the offensive line—which makes sense. But then Foster re-signed. And I thought of the looming log-jam at tackle. Then I thought, why not just kick FOSTER inside to guard?

The intriguing thing about Foster is that he's a first round talent physically, I mean, he was drafted in the first round by the Broncos. He's huge. He's Strong. And he's naturally agile. He has the physical tools to be a solid NFL lineman. His problem has always been mental lapses as evidenced by all of the offsides and blown assignments. He never seems to get physically beat. Which gave the Broncos such a headache they just gave him away in the Dre Bly trade.

In a nutshell, Foster has the physical tools to be decent. His problem has always been lapses in technique and mental focus. The rule of thumb seems to be that guard is easier to play than tackle (I disagree with that assessment). So why not kick a big athletic tackle inside and see if he can excel there. 

Apparently we have more than enough tackles anyway.