By: Joe Siniscalchi (@Joe_Siniscalchi)
Yesterday, I wrote a piece on some of the best players over 30 that would make up a great offense. In this part, I’ll go over the best offensive lineman over 30.
LT – Bryant McKinnie (33 years old) – There’s a reason his nickname is “Mount”. When he’s not partying out at sea with hookers, he is an absolute terror. Standing in at six-foot-eight and with a fluctuating weight currently at 360 pounds, McKinnie is still a mammoth for defensive lineman to try and move. McKinnie was cut from Minnesota due to weight problems, but that didn’t stop the Ravens from scooping him up. When this guy’s in shape, he is an absolute beast. McKinnie’s elite level of play was a big reason that the Ravens went on a great playoff run. I’m not sure if he can keep up that level of play again, as he turns 34 early in the season and is still struggling with his weight.
LG – Logan Mankins (31 years old) – Mankins may be in his early 30s, but he is showing no signs of letting his play slip. Even after tearing an ACL (a difficult injury for lineman to deal with), Mankins regained his Pro Bowl form. He’s an integral part of why the Tom Brady’s have had so much success, and now has the chance to block for the emerging Stevan Ridley .
C – Jonathan Goodwin (34 years old) – Goodwin may be one of the most underrated lineman in the NFL. Drafted and later let go by the Jets in 2002 (shocker), Goodwin now plays for the 49ers and is in the middle of the best offensive line in the NFL. His level of play has made Mike Iupati and Alex Boone look even better. While you don’t hear about him like Iupati or Anthony Davis, Goodwin is just as important to the success of the 49er’s line. He’ll turn 35 in December, so there’s a decent chance that this could be his last season in what looks to be another chase for the Lombardi trophy for San Francisco.
RG – Chris Snee (31 years old) – Like Mankins, Snee just turned 31, but his placement on this list is just as justified. Snee has been a stalwart for coach Tom Coughlin for years (and his daughter too). As the Giants look to regain their once dominant rushing attack, they will rely on Snee more than anyone. He’s the last of the remaining stars that the G-Men’s line once featured, including guys like Kareem McKenzie, Rich Seubert, and Shaun O’Hara. Snee is the eldest of the Giant’s new look line, but make no mistake he is also still the most talented.
RT – David Stewart (31 years old) – Stewart, who turns 31 in August, is good enough to play left tackle for most teams. There is a reason the Titans loved bouncing CJ2K off the right tackle instead of up the middle. Unfortunately, the awful interior play has made life much more difficult for Stewart, until now. His new neighbor Chance Warmack will make him look a lot better on most plays. Stewart has only missed 7 games in his career since 2005, and is the right side to what is one of the top pairs of tackles in the NFL.
Stay tuned for my next Old Timers piece, focusing on defense.
- Baltimore Ravens Make the Right Decision by Re-Signing Bryant McKinnie (bleacherreport.com)
- The Old Timers Offense (goingthedistanceblogblog.wordpress.com)