With the announcement yesterday that Logan Mankins had a torn ACL, for perhaps as long as the entire playoff run, the signing of Robert Gallery (the second pick in the 2004 Manning, Rivers, Roethlisberger draft) takes on a whole new dimension. What kind of player are we getting here? I asked Keith Myers, Fansided Editor of 12thManRising.com for his take during Gallery’s stay in Seattle:
The Seahawks knew what they were getting when they signed (Gallery), because Tom Cable, his old coach in Oakland, had just joined the coaching staff and was going to be coordinating the running game and the coaching the offensive line. And yet they were still disappointed. Gallery was supposed to be the veteran anchor on a young line, but he never managed to live up to that.
Gallery battled injuries all season. First is was a sore knee. Then it was a what was called a groin injuries but what sounded like a sports hernia that required surgery. The Seahawks were forced to rotate backups through his spot for the first few weeks. Once he returned he struggled initially while he tried to get back in shape and get up to football game speed. After about mid-season though, Gallery settled in and was very solid. His presence helped the Seahawks manage the loss of 3 other starters on the offensive line.
In the end, he was released because he never lived up to expectations, and the coaches just couldn’t justify a $6.5 mil cap number for a guard who didn’t play like the pro-bowler they thought they were signing.
We all know, when it comes to plays on the field, that the best player will play. With the current Offensive Line absolutely stacked with veteran Pro-Bowl caliber players, Gallery shouldn’t feel the same pressure to lead on the field, just make his plays. Should this be the case, we could be looking at a great fit here in New England.