ONE of the biggest disadvantages we face as an Offense, is that we telegraph when we’re going to run the ball, by bringing in TE Brent Celek. We do this because TE Zach Ertz isn’t a great blocker in the run game. So when opponents see Celek out there, they know to walk a Safety down to the box. I mean it’s not like we throw to Celek much anymore, so we’re tipping our hand whenever we send him out there.
Right now we overpay Celek be almost exclusively a blocker, while overpaying Ertz to be almost exclusively a receiver. This is part of the glut in our current salary cap situation. Decisions like this force us to hold onto players we shouldn’t, while releasing players we want to keep. Basically we’re taking it in the ass both on the field AND in the Front Office, and it has to stop.
The obvious answer is to work on Ertz’s physicality at the point of attack. If he could be developed this way, then he could stay on the field and we wouldn’t be tipping our hand to our opponents. It also means we won’t have to keep paying a back-up player 4M$ a year, while we pay the starter just as much. (BTW: Ertz’s salary just about doubles starting next year.)