Alex Boone, Starting Right Guard?

In a surprising development (at least to me) the 49ers are giving the starting right guard position to Alex Boone. At least at the start of training camp. On the face of things, it’s a reward for all the hard work Boone has put in as a 3rd team guy who came in soft and directionless. He dedicated himself to getting in shape, and he impressed the new regime with his fitness and attitude coming into the abbreviated camp last year. To me, though, he is nowhere near the prototypical RG. Right guards are usually road-grader types. Usually in the 320-330 lb range. Boone is 6’8, 300 lb. Not your typical RG. Chilly Rachal may not have been the answer, but his size is what is the norm for the position (6’5″, 325 lb).

The Walsh/McKittrick model of smaller, faster linemen had its time and place, and there are still teams implementing that strategy, but 6’8″? I’d think he needs to be extremely strong to be able to handle the position. O line is all about leverage, and as a taller guy, it would seem kinda easy to get leverage on him. It’s all about getting low and either driving forward for the run or holding the point in pass pro. Curious at best. Joe Looney looks to be the starter at some point soon, but he’s not cleared to work yet due to offseason foot surgery. Kilgore is working at C in Goodwin’s absence, so as of now Boone is the right guard. With all the talk in camp of Harbaugh looking to give guys different jobs for flexibility’s sake (Tukafu as backup FB, Staley/Soap/Dobbs at TE, ) one would think the 6’8″ guy would be a BIG target at WR. Red zone target? Sure, why not . . . ?

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9 Responses to Alex Boone, Starting Right Guard?

  1. Nipper says:

    Double size it!

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Holy shit!

    It’s Joe Montana’s 56th birthday today.

    • phil fan says:

      Were the Glory Years of Dynasty I really 25-30 years ago? To heck with Tebow I’m praying Jimbo pulls us up into a Dynasty ii

      • phil fan says:

        Dynasty 2 has a better ring. Speaking of Ring, does anybody think we ‘should’ be favored to win it all this yeah? Is this too wildly optimistic?

        We got what a 2-3 year window to pull it off? Me, I think we’re going to be good for a while.

  3. phil fan says:

    Yeah his height might be a concern. 6’8″ is pretty tall so wonder if Boone can get low enough. It’s easier to put on weight than to get shorter. Add some muscle not a beer gut. (Hey you talkin’ to me?)

    This sure isn’t the Walsh model and neither is the Chilo R physique type. From what I’ve seen and heard Boone is pretty quick on his feet so maybe we’re seeing a new prototype, the Harbaugh Guard. Dunno, it’s going to take a few years to see what Jimbo is all about; what his ideal Pro Team is all about. I do think Boone has the ability to be a road grader on sweeps depending on how you define it. One thing those speedy backs we have- Hunter, Gore straight ahead, James around the corner- are going to have a large body to hide behind.

    Could be Jimbo is just giving Boone his shot given all the hard work as you say. Could be about competition and who wants it most, who has the most to give. Harbaugh, who Is this guy?

  4. Nipper says:

    Is Dennis sober today?

  5. unca_chuck says:

    New post is up . . .

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