Now look at the collective mediocrity of the left tackles who protected these superstars:
Bryant McKinnie, 2012, Ravens: Veteran castoff who began the season as a backup; he entered the starting lineup because of a domino effect from injuries at right tackle and guard.
Joe Staley, 2012, 49ers: An outlier, as he's the only guy on this list to make the Pro Bowl in his team's Super Bowl season.
David Diehl, 2011, Giants: A respectable veteran right tackle who moved to the left side after Will Beatty's injury.
Matt Light, 2011, Patriots: A very solid veteran but one who was beginning to wear down; Super Bowl XLII wound up being his final game.
Chad Clifton, 2010, Packers: Another solid veteran who was wearing down. Played just six games in 2011 before being out of the league.
Trai Essex, 2010, Steelers: A backup who started just three games the following season; was essentially out of the league by the end of 2012.
Jermon Bushrod, 2009, Saints: Many insiders described him as the league's worst left tackle in 2009. He would eventually develop into an adequate starter, but not until the second part of 2011. The Saints were not devastated when he signed with the Bears this past March.
Charlie Johnson, 2009, Colts: A utility player who became a guard in Minnesota.
Max Starks, 2008, Steelers: A fairly decent starter but one who could be prone to mistakes and bad weight gain.
Mike Gandy, 2008, Cardinals: Went on IR in the middle of 2009 with a pelvic/groin injury; was released after the season (at age 30) and never played again.
posted a little for those of you who don't have in, but basicly he is saying that with the high tempo, quick decision offenses that we are seeing over the past few years, a teams success is more driven on a qbs ability to make reads and get the ball out quickly, and less on a tackles ability to block. We shall see if Tannehill takes the next step, but I think some people on this site are overrating the tackle position. I think we will be fine.