To get a better idea of what the Titans are getting, I went back and watched a couple games of offensive lineman Rob Turner, formerly of the St. Louis Rams.
Turner played and started all 16 games for the Rams last year. He spent seven games at left guard and the other nine at center. The breakdown was simple: when Scott Wells was healthy, he played center and Turner played left guard. When Wells was out, Turner played center. I decided to watch one game Turner played at left guard and one game he played at center. Since offensive linemen aren't subbed in and out over the course of a game the way defensive tackles like Sammie Lee Hill are, I chose games not by how much Turner played but rather by which games I felt like watching. I chose for his game at center the Rams' 19-13 win over Seattle in Week 4 and for left guard the Rams' 36-22 loss to Minnesota in Week 15.
As with the Sammie Lee Hill post, this is decidedly an amateur analysis. As I've written before, I'm not very good at analyzing things like hand use by linemen and the subtleties in a player's stance. The finer points of line technique are lost on me, so I'm going to say very little or nothing about them. These are really important things, and the input of somebody who is good at evaluating those things could drastically change my opinion of Turner's play. Further, two games is a small sample size. Were I to watch all 1042 snaps Turner played instead of just the roughly 120 I did (I bailed early on the Vikings game, which was in garbage time), my opinion of him could similarly drastically change. So, amateur analysis off a pretty modest sample size, accept the following with a huge grain of salt.no comments