I know every one is excited to have Tauscher back. I know he was paid starter money.
But I don't think Tauscher is a lock to be the opening day starter.
I know, I know. He "saved" the season.
What he didn't save was the running game. Now, he's not alone on this. Clifton is just as weak, if not more so, in the run game. But Clifton is the only viable starter at his position currently on the roster, and probably still will be even after the draft. Tauscher, on the other hand, could be pushed by T.J. Lang. I know, it sounds far-fetched...hell, it IS far fetched. And I wouldn't even entertain the thought if not for one particular quote from McCarthy at the Combine:
Yeah, I think our running game was good this year. We can get better. We can get better at stretching the defensive ends. That's something that came out of our offseason study.
Tauscher is a damn fine pass blocker. He's pedestrian as hell as a run blocker and what McCarthy is citing above falls squarely on Tauscher's shoulders (and occasionally the tight ends as well). Yes, Clifton is a liability there as well, but there's just no one to replace him. The same can't be said of Tauscher.
Again, yes, it will most likely NOT happen. But it wouldn't be a shock if it did.
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