Matt Light on Nate Solder: You don’t replace a guy like that overnight

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The Patriots announced on Wednesday that Matt Light will be the next former player inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame and the 11-year starter at left tackle is a worthy addition to that group.

Another player who could be up for induction one day is the guy who replaced Light at left tackle in 2012. Nate Solder was an obvious choice to replace Light back then, but the team doesn’t have the same kind of sure thing in place now that Solder has moved on to the Giants as a free agent.

While speaking to the media on Wednesday, Light said that Solder is not someone “you can just replace.”

“From the first time I met him, I thought, ‘Man, this just shouldn’t be right that big guys like this are designed the way they are,’ Light said, via ESPN.com. “No fat. Runs like a deer. Got the reach and wingspan of a vulture. The guy is just unbelievably talented in so many ways, and he’s smart, a cerebral player. You don’t replace a guy like that overnight.”

Light added that he thinks the team is up to the task of finding the right guy, even if it means “juggling a lot of guys in and out, and trying to play them at multiple positions” with offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia overseeing it all.

“They survived me going through that first year of being lost in so many ways and trying to figure out things on the run,” Light said. “I would say this, for all the fans out there, it’s been documented but I’m not sure it’s been appreciated as it should be, but the work Dante does and the work he puts into the offseason — and the work he puts into the young guys that are coming into the organization and how he motivates those guys and pushes them to be in the best position possible to play the game — I’ve got a lot of confidence in his ability to prepare the guys he thinks are the best to take the field.”

Light and Solder each missed big chunks of seasons with injuries, but it has been a largely steady two decades at a key position thanks to their presence. Be it first-round pick Isaiah Wynn or someone else, the Patriots would love to find a successor who could extend that to 2018 and beyond.

23 responses to “Matt Light on Nate Solder: You don’t replace a guy like that overnight

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    Belichick, Scarnecchia and Nick Saban all believe that Wynn can be a starting LT in the NFL. Until proven wrong I’m going with their opinion.
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  2. The Patriots problem is not offense. That defense built by defensive genius was awful and exposed in the Super Bowl. Of course, it didn’t help that Belichick believed that Malcolm Butler shouldn’t play because he wasn’t good enough for that defense. Instead of spending time focusing on how his two future Hall of Famers train, maybe he should spend more time on the defense. All of the lemmings who worship him and want Brady and Gronk (two of the most underpaid players in the NFL) traded are living in a fantasy world. Nobody should have a problem with the Patriots offense or be concerned about replacing Nate Solder, who was a very good, but not great, player.

  3. Matt Light knows exactly what he’s talking about. Nate Solder is a hell of a player, the Giants are fortunate to have him. The Patriots have a huge hole to fill on Brady’s blind side. One thing all Pats fans have learned is that Dante Scarnecchia is a fantastic coach and as always he can bring out whatever talent a new player has and make him so much more effective.

    Good Luck to Nate Solder. Wish him the best for him and his family. Just don’t wish the best for the NYG.

  4. I liked Nate a lot but I honestly don’t believe he was as great as many are making him out to be….. he is huge but he seemed to have trouble getting down low & leverage on quicker smaller pass rushers…. overall he was pretty good but not irreplaceable…..the pats now have quite a bit of options at LT & I have no doubt there will be a bit of growing pains while SCARR figures out the mix/match of best fits along the line…..I can see Josh M using the backs to help chip/pickup the rushers on the left side while that is taking place to keep Brady from being overexposed to hits on his blindside….. THANK GOD Brady has a quick release & MINITRON is back!!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  5. You do with a 1st rd pick.

    Matt Light started right away, as did Solder. Scar is the best ever and I have no doubt whoever it is at LT, the job will get done.

    Solder was good, but let’s not get carried away here. He was absolutely awful to start the season last year and has a lot of miles on him. And, at 12 mil per, no thank you.

    This is why BB is the best GM ever. When the price gets too high, double down elsewhere.

  6. Solder is not someone “you can just replace.“

    Don’t tell that to pat fan, bb is a genius and got rid of him on his down slide. All hail bb

  7. Nate’s a top guy but he and everybody else is replaceable, with the rare exception of Brady. Wilfork couldn’t be replaced, nor Vrabel, nor Welker, nor Bruschi… yet somehow Pats went on to several more SBs without them.

    And 4yr $62M ($35M guaranteed) is just too much for any lineman, especially one who considered retiring in Feb. Belichick has made his calculation (much like with Wilfork) that Solder only has 1 or 2 top years left and so he won’t match a 4 year top-dollar contract. And he’s right.

  8. pastabelly says:
    May 17, 2018 at 7:36 am
    The Patriots problem is not offense. That defense built by defensive genius was awful and exposed in the Super Bowl. Of course, it didn’t help that Belichick believed that Malcolm Butler shouldn’t play because he wasn’t good enough for that defense. Instead of spending time focusing on how his two future Hall of Famers train, maybe he should spend more time on the defense. All of the lemmings who worship him and want Brady and Gronk (two of the most underpaid players in the NFL) traded are living in a fantasy world. Nobody should have a problem with the Patriots offense or be concerned about replacing Nate Solder, who was a very good, but not great, player.

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    This is factually incorrect and it’s embarrassing you’re a Pats fan.

    1. The D was ravaged by injury, as Parcells recently noted. You should know that. Hightower, McClellin, Valentine and even someone like Jon Jones in the slot, are all effective

    2. Philly’s supposed GREAT D, was also subpar. It was a shootout. Big deal. Get over it. It happens.

    3. Butler quit on the team. The coaches lost trust in him. He did it to himself, selfishly so and quite frankly, his play was poor anyway, featuring a 103 passer rating against once he re ject Chris Harris money at 8 mil per last spring. Again, none of these things are in BB or Patricia’s control. Selfish people with big egos sometimes make colossal mistakes and Butler let his teammates down. Lots of “unnamed” secondary players and a lot of deafening silence, with Butler crying, sums it all up for me. Again, deal with it. It wouldn’t have made a difference, little guy.

    4. No one is living in a fantasy world at all. Injuries happen, it seems like in odd seasonns (2009 with Welker, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017), the Pats have had bad luck in this area.

    5.If healthy this year, which odds are they will be, the defense is loaded. They added McCourty and Shelton, kept the highly underrated Marquise Flowers (great D on that Clement fake TD, where he forced Clement to shift arms to secure it) to take the McClellin role, Valentine should be back, a cancer like Branch is gone, and the new guys (Gilmore, Guy, Flowers, etc) last year will even more comfortable this year.

    Some of our own fans take the media troll cheese too often, and it’s just sad, because all of the Pats coverahe is slanted to attack Belichick, when the truth is, he’s the best GM and coach ever, and the team has to win the SB every year, or he’s bashed.

    Congrats on stupidly playing into that.

  9. streetyson says:
    May 17, 2018 at 9:08 am
    Nate’s a top guy but he and everybody else is replaceable, with the rare exception of Brady. Wilfork couldn’t be replaced, nor Vrabel, nor Welker, nor Bruschi… yet somehow Pats went on to several more SBs without them.

    And 4yr $62M ($35M guaranteed) is just too much for any lineman, especially one who considered retiring in Feb. Belichick has made his calculation (much like with Wilfork) that Solder only has 1 or 2 top years left and so he won’t match a 4 year top-dollar contract. And he’s right.

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    He’s been distracted in recent years with his son, for good reason, but he was horrible at the start of last year and gets knicked up from time to time. He fleeced the desperate Giants, who are rebuilding, that’s for sure.

  10. McClellin, Valentine, JJones are guys to hang your hat on? Nice to be a Pats fan, but being delusional is a different story. They should be better on D, but their LBs are not good and their pass rush stinks. Hightower is excellent, but never stays healthy. They did little to address their deficiencies. I liked the Shelton signing, but he could just as easily be JCooper or BMingo. McCourty and Butler are probably a wash, although I like their 2ndary. Just a little perspective. We’ll see.

    I may have missed it, but nowhere have I read that BB, Scar or Saban said Wynn was an NFL LT, only that they’re gonna try him there and see what happens. He might just be the excellent SMason’s replacement, who probably also is going to be too rich for their blood come next yr. The guard market is also thru the roof.

  11. pastabelly says:
    May 17, 2018 at 7:36 am
    The Patriots problem is not offense. That defense built by defensive genius was awful and exposed in the Super Bowl. Of course, it didn’t help that Belichick believed that Malcolm Butler shouldn’t play because he wasn’t good enough for that defense. Instead of spending time focusing on how his two future Hall of Famers train, maybe he should spend more time on the defense. All of the lemmings who worship him and want Brady and Gronk (two of the most underpaid players in the NFL) traded are living in a fantasy world. Nobody should have a problem with the Patriots offense or be concerned about replacing Nate Solder, who was a very good, but not great, player.

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    Brady did play poorly in the first half and fumbled the football in the end to seal the Patriots fate. Reverse those things and we are the SB champs.

  12. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 17, 2018 at 12:35 pm
    pastabelly says:
    May 17, 2018 at 7:36 am
    The Patriots problem is not offense. That defense built by defensive genius was awful and exposed in the Super Bowl. Of course, it didn’t help that Belichick believed that Malcolm Butler shouldn’t play because he wasn’t good enough for that defense. Instead of spending time focusing on how his two future Hall of Famers train, maybe he should spend more time on the defense. All of the lemmings who worship him and want Brady and Gronk (two of the most underpaid players in the NFL) traded are living in a fantasy world. Nobody should have a problem with the Patriots offense or be concerned about replacing Nate Solder, who was a very good, but not great, player.

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    Brady did play poorly in the first half and fumbled the football in the end to seal the Patriots fate. Reverse those things and we are the SB champs.

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    We all know you’re a Jets troll, where the mods like to allow you to troll, but Brady has started almost every Super Bowl ever, slowly. It’s been a problem and continues to be a problem.

    The Pats have never scored a TD in any SB in this era, which is not only surprising, it’s not a good thing in an offensive era.

    Every other QB has no issue in a SB starting fast and playing relatively clean.

    But, the loss is more on the defense than the offense, obviously.

    SB 42 and 46, it was the other way around. The Ds played well and to their respective ceilings, but the offenses did not.

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    @tedmurph

    Yes, Belichick and Scarnecchia both said that they were going to try Wynn at LT which gives them wiggle room. But we both know that this Patriots regime does not believe in taking first round or even early round guards. As far as Saban goes, he’d never let bromance buddy, Belichick, take a bust from the SEC. I’m sure he also gave his stamp of approval to Georgia RB Sony Michel.
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  14. tedmurph says:
    May 17, 2018 at 11:23 am
    McClellin, Valentine, JJones are guys to hang your hat on? Nice to be a Pats fan, but being delusional is a different story. They should be better on D, but their LBs are not good and their pass rush stinks. Hightower is excellent, but never stays healthy. They did little to address their deficiencies. I liked the Shelton signing, but he could just as easily be JCooper or BMingo. McCourty and Butler are probably a wash, although I like their 2ndary. Just a little perspective. We’ll see.

    I may have missed it, but nowhere have I read that BB, Scar or Saban said Wynn was an NFL LT, only that they’re gonna try him there and see what happens. He might just be the excellent SMason’s replacement, who probably also is going to be too rich for their blood come next yr. The guard market is also thru the roof.

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    It’s called small pieces, doing small things to help the TEAM. Yes, we missed those players in SB 52. They helped win SB 51.

    Get it?

    I weep for our country’s future.

    I am not hanging my hat on anything other than knowing Hightower’s injury was enormous as it had a trickle down effect elsewhere, to mention

    He was instrumental in SB 49 and 51 wins.

    You Millennials who think it’s all Brady and listen to Tony and MAzz from your basements, are utterly clueless.

    When Develin went down in early 2015, I said “this will come back to haunt them in the run game”….Guess who was right again?

    We lost due no run game in Denver and a missed Xtra point from the most overrated kicker in the league, but Develin would have helped win that game in a small way.

    Bank it.

  15. vikings1234 says:
    May 17, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    Little known fact: Matt Light was sick and vomited before most every game.

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    I did not know that, but after he retired, I learned he has Crohn’s Disease, which sounds awful.

    Bobby Orr also used to puke before every game due to nerves.

    He’s been the best LT since Bruce Armstrong was there, and honestly, he may have been better. I always laughed at the lack of respect he got around the league, but he was the 2d best Tackle in the conference in that era, behind Ogden.

  16. Much respect for your posts 6 ball, most real Pats posters, with 1 notable exception, know what they’re talking about. I will however, remind you of LMankins

  17. Fans that think every Patriot should be in the Pro Bowl are worthy to be a steeler fan. The Pats lost to Denver because Devlin was hurt? They couldn’t block Denver’s pass rush,esp w/gueg’s 3 prot calls

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    @tedmurph

    You are correct about Mankins. However the pickings were very slim in the 2005 draft after pick 15. Getting any decent player after that was a lucky break.
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