Close your eyes and think about the word pipeline, what are the first thoughts that come to your mind. If its big nasty mean men knocking the living hell out of an opponent then kudos to you. If its anything else than i am truly sorry to hear that and please read on. For those of us that are old enough to have watched the great teams of the 90's it was a treat to have watched those players week in and week out. There were times that by the end of the First HALF teams d line was mailing it in because they were just getting clobbered. It wasn't a big secret what T.O. was going to do, run up the middle and right and left then repeat. Please stop us if you can which didn't happen that very often.
Than the pipeline just kinda of went away. No bells toiling in the background, no eulogies, it just was simply gone. Not over night, not from one season to the next it just slowly died. I never woke up one morning and said well that was fun hope we can recover. Nor was anybody going, hey how about the o line play its losing its edge and swagger. We were to busy yelling about solich and callahan and other things to notice something that we took for granted. Finding homegrown nasty boys that would save a cat from the tree than knock out an opposing d lineman. How many pros have we produced from the decade? Probably as many as one year from our hey day and to the best of my knowledge we have 4. Nicks, Fonuita ( yes I know I misspelled it ) Hochstein and Slausen. The Entire 95 team o line played in the pros that was a basically a run blocking only team.
Bo has the right idea of building a team and it starts up front. The defensive line is good to go but what about the other side. Is it ready to take that important step and lead us to wins. You can have Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, Steve Smith and Larry Fitzgerald and if the line doesn't block it won't matter. None of this is news but wanted to say it anyway.
Also a quick side note want to say the reason for this post. i work part time at a food place that has A LOT OF HIGH SCHOOLS STUDENTS. Was talking about the spring game with a customer and we started to talk about the pipeline and it happened. One of my co workers asked "what does the Alaska pipeline have to do with football?"