You know I love that suit (Image: AJC)
The way it was described to me today was along the lines of this...We don't have Chandler for several weeks. We don't have Figgins possibly for the rest of the season. Aron White is smallish when it comes to blocking, and Ros isn't ready.
That leaves us with two options:
- A. Move to a predominately 4 WR look that ditches the TE. That option might require a pretty significant retooling of the play book, and it could hurt the running game.
B. Move Kiante Tripp to TE. Tripp probably runs a 4.8-4.9 forty yard dash, and he's not physically built like the normal OT (much faster). What you'd give up in the passing game via a field stretching TE threat, you'd gain in essentially adding another OT to the formation on running downs. You'd also create wicked match-up problems against SAM linebackers and Safeties, and you'd help our existing OTs block better.
David Hale and Chip Towers both have their interviews with Kiante up, and he's a riot. His attitude is incredibly positive.
The only concern I have about the position switch is the number of snaps Kiante will get. It looked to my untrained eye that Justin Anderson struggled at right tackle against Alabama. If Tripp is going to play sparingly at TE instead of virtually every snap at LT or RT, then this is a questionable deployment of talent. However, if we're going to weave him in pretty regularly at TE, then it makes a great deal of sense.
It's an odd move, but this one falls under the heading "Trust Richt."