Kevin Mawae on Colts LT: Can’t just plug players in anywhere on line

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The Colts have signed Sam Tevi and Julién Davenport as free agents in the wake of Anthony Castonzo’s retirement, but they have not settled on a replacement for Castonzo at left tackle.

When Castonzo retired, there was talk of Quenton Nelson moving from left guard and Castonzo said he thinks Nelson has the skills to play the position. No one from the Colts has shot down the notion, but a new member of the coaching staff did offer some notes of caution this week.

Assistant offensive line coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kevin Mawae said that moving pieces around on the offensive line isn’t as easy as Castonzo may have made it sound earlier this year.

“Not specifically about this team but just in general, it’s not as easy as everybody thinks it is,” Mawae said, via Mike Chappell of WXIN. “Everybody is like, ‘Just plug them in at guard.’ Well, that just doesn’t happen like that. I think there are unique tools and attributes that a guard has to have versus a tackle and a center, and just to plug and play is not the right way to go about it. You want to put the best five guys on the field talent-wise, but also you want to put the best five combination out there.”

The Carson Wentz trade took care of the biggest offensive need for the Colts and leaves the door open to adding another option at tackle early in the draft later this month. If Mawae’s voice impacts that decision, it’s a good bet Tevi and Davenport will have some company.

6 responses to “Kevin Mawae on Colts LT: Can’t just plug players in anywhere on line

  1. Lets say Nelson goes out there and is a very good tackle. Is your line better that way than if he is a HOF guard that he is? Go get ta tackle and don’t mess with what you have. Nelson is going to give you a good run game for a decade. Where I am happy to see a Badger go high in the draft and to have this opportunity stop wasting top picks on RBs when you have this guy blocking. I could get 3yds running behind him.

  2. Oh yes you can.

    -rick spielman. every single year. Hey did you play tackle your whole life? Well now you’re going to be a guard.

  3. It’s definitely not a flip of the switch kind of a thing, but it should be something taken seriously.

  4. I don’t think Costanza thinks it’s “easy”. He was just pumping his guys. He wasn’t speaking from a coach’s perspective. I seriously don’t think the Colts are ignoring the LT position. Like it says above “nobody from the Colts has shot down the notion”. Why should they? It’s better to keep everyone guessing. The Colts aren’t giving away their draft strategy, either, and Mawae is likely just playing along. I’m sure they’re going A to Z on the top tackle prospects.

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