Answer Man: Yeah, but just a minute. The coaching staff is looking for as many answers as you guys are, maybe more. What's on your mind?
DL: Well, first up, is the offensive line. What's it going to look
when you line up against St. Louis?
Answer Man: Marvel is going to be back at left tackle, which is
going to be big. That allows Faneca to slide back over to left
guard. We're looking at a rotation of Chukky Okobi, Jeff Hartings
and Kendall Simmons at center and right guard, and Mathias Nkwenti will be at right tackle.
DL: Why Mathias and not Keydrick Vincent at left guard and
Faneca at right tackle?
Answer Man: I gotta spell it out for you, huh? Faneca is an All-Pro
left guard. He'd just be another guy at tackle. He did a fine job
there last week, but he wasn't out on the edge much on passing
downs. And at least we'll have some stability on the left side of
the line. Besides, Nkwenti played better than Vincent did last
week. He was scrambling at times, but he did the job. It doesn't
have to be pretty.
DL: OK, that takes care of the offensive line, but what about the
Answer Man: It's still going to be split between Zereoue and
DL: Why? Hasn't everyone seen enough of Amos running
backwards and sideways?
Answer Man: The head coach doesn't often like to admit he was
wrong. Look, he made the decision to go with Amos over Bettis
because he figured Jerome would be professional enough to
handle coming off the bench, but he didn't figure Amos would
handle it too well after outplaying Jerome last season.
DL: So why not switch back? And what about Verron Haynes?
Where does he figure in?
Answer Man: He can still let Amos be the guy who starts, even
though Jerome is getting more of the important carries like he
did against Denver. As for Verron, those two early fumbles got
him into the doghouse a little bit, but he's working his way out.
Look man, I gotta get back to work. We still have to figure out how
we're going to stop St. Louis.
DL: On that subject. . .
Answer Man: Don't press your luck. And lock the door on your
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