Sunday will start the 2012 season for the New England Patriots, and the one topic that has raised many red flags is the offensive line.
Can the offensive line keep Tom Brady upright? If not, this will make for a long season. The Matt Light era ended when the anchor of the one of the best offensive lines over the past ten years decided to hang them up. Just like dropping a pebble into water, there was a ripple effect.
Second year tackle Nate Solder is making the switch from the right side, where he played as a rookie. It’s not an easy transition; now teams will be game planning to Solder’s weaknesses to get to Brady on his blindside. Solder hasn’t shown the same quick feet and confidence as he did last year on the right side. He'll now get the best pass rusher, the other teams closer. Solder has been overpowered at times, and just plain old beaten.
Logan Mankins is still trying to get back into form, and if Solder can't hold the fort down, Mankins would be the guy to ...