Wirfs and Marpet allow all of our OL to be their best self. Incredible the transformation that has occurred there. Kudos to Licht for getting Wirfs. Glad he didn’t have to give away this year’s draft to do this, which is what he tried to do.
I love Jensen’s attitude but there is no football expert in the world who thinks he is the best center in the NFL. Actually the top graded center in the NFL, Corey Linsley, plays for the Packer. Jensen is a middle of the pack guy.
Jensen isn’t the best. AQ Shipley produced similarly to Jensen when Shipley played center and Jensen shifted to LG. This is important that many other people need to accept.
Jensen is okay, but his salary is not. He is not worth the $10 mil per season when a veteran backup can do the same thing he can. If Jensen was paid $4 mil a season, then I wouldn’t be looking to move on from him.
Licht fell in love with ferocity over talent with Jensen and Cappa. We had Marpet at center and he was better than Jensen in Marpet’s only year at center.
Last year, we sucked at running the ball up the gut. We produced fewer yards last year than we did under Koetter’s last year, where Koetter had no starting RG. Fast forward to this year, we discovered that Marpet had hip surgery. That helped him with mobility + and his play is what improved our run game up the gut.
What funny is Licht’s other FA center was Evan Smith. He was replaced by off-the-street center Joe Hawley and then we moved Marpet to center. Crazy, right?