Whatever happy thoughts and nice dreams I had for the 2009 season went up in smoke this morning.
This is nothing short of a total, unmitigated disaster. Charlie Johnson is not an NFL quality tackle.
While he had a couple of nice moments run blocking in 2008, he was still mostly a disaster. His move to left guard starting with the Titans game signaled the change in the offense that carried the team to the playoffs. I realize that was also about the time Manning claims he started to feel right physically, but the improvement in protection was stark.
Let me be clear: I’m not defending Ugoh. I just hate Charlie Johnson at tackle. He isn’t competent at that position.
I could not be more forelorn over this move. The ceiling on what the Colts can accomplish in 2009 just dropped significantly in my eyes.