Oct 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions offensive line coach George Yarno during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Lions defeated the Eagles 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

George Yarno Press Conference

The offensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, George Yarno, sat down for a press conference with the local media on February 16th and got to chat about how the big guys up front are doing.  From what we can tell from Yarno, things aren’t nearly as bad as the 50 sacks from the 2012 season seems to indicate.

Yarno made a point of saying, “There’s a good group.  A good nucleus that we can build on.”  He talked about being cohesive and how important continuity is for a team.  Talking about the O-line, Yarno said it’s also about bringing in seven or nine players who can be interchanged if needed.  While the Jags lacked continuity on the offensive line in 2012, they needed to be flexible as well.

Speaking of flexibility, Yarno doesn’t think that the Jags’ new zone blocking scheme won’t be that big of a change because of the elements of it used during the Jags in seasons past.

Left tackle Eugene Monroe and center Brad Meester were touched on and, as can be expected, Yarno thinks that Monroe can continue to be productive and grow.  He also said that Meester has been an extremely productive player, even later into his career.  Yarno believes he will be productive in whatever system he is in.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of it all is “the kick” that Yarno nailed in 1983.  While just an extra point, it’s always fun to see an offensive linemen get in there to do something different.  Here it is for your viewing pleasure:

– Luke N. Sims

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