Certainly a better looking roster than a year ago. I sure hope they know what they're doing at C. I really liked Cole and wanted him to start... losing out to Shipley didn't make me feel optimistic.
I won't let go of it because Shipley:This is a bone you won't let go of. Shipley got the nod because he is a vet who was far more adept at making line calls, especially considering Murray was a rookie QB who had enough on his plate.
Factor in the Cole got playing time at OG so that's a positive as well and was more valuable as a back up at C and OG since Shiply can't play OG.
I won't let go of it because Shipley:
- Didn't know the offense any better than Cole
- The coaching staff had no loyalty to him
- Was recovering from a torn ACL
- Has always been a relatively limited guy athetically anyways
It's not like he's a superstar who came back to form, he's never been that great.
Considering Kingsbury showed up with a college offense in pocket, I don't really agree with you on Shipley having a clear advantage in being more prepared. He was, but that's not a good look on Cole, who had a full year of starting experience under his belt.Shipley's time in the NFL gave him the edge on picking up any offense quicker than Cole.
No Loyalty but once again your refusal to understand that Shipley would be better at making line calls then Cole is baffling to me.
He was recovered.
Once again, experience can make up for "limited" athletic ability.
If Cole and Shipley were a coin flip choice on who was the starter then the reasons I've listed plus the fact that Cole was better coming off the bench at 3 positions means Shipley gets the nod. Hopefully Cole's etc. playing time last year and a full working knowledge of the Offense and work with Kugler and more time in the weight room means he has surpassed Shipley which is why Cole is listed as the starter and Shipley has been re-signed.
I also have a ton more faith in Oline personnel decisions with Kugler on the staff.
I think Shipley is underrated on this board. He has never been the problem here. Not all pro, but a solid vet. I hope Cole is ready.