Maligned by team president Bill Polian after Super Bowl XLIV for being outplayed by the Saints’ defensive front, the wall of blockers that led the AFC champs to 14 straight wins is changing.
The latest development involves (as pointed out in the Friday morning one-liners) former starting left tackle Tony Ugoh sliding inside, to left guard.
“I told ’em wherever they needed me,” Ugoh said, according to the Indianapolis Star. “My big thing this year
is I want to play. I don’t care where it’s at.”
Ugoh, a second-round pick in 2007, immediately inherited Tarik Glenn’s position after Glenn unexpectedly retired following a Super Bowl win to cap the 2006 season. Charlie Johnson supplanted Ugoh last year.
“This is my first go at guard,” Ugh said. “But it’s just one step over [from tackle]. I’ll be all right.”
He’d better be. Otherwise, he could be out of a job.