The New England Patriots have arguably the best right tackle in the league in Sebastian Vollmer, whose only blemish is injuries at this point. Vollmer is an excellent run blocker, and he is also more than steady in pass protection on the right side of the Patriots line. Whenever I see Logan Mankins in top 100 lists among players in the league, I always think to myself, “No, that should be Vollmer on that list instead.” The Patriots biggest priority this offseason had to have been to re-sign Sebastian Vollmer, and they were able to keep one of the game’s best tackles in New England.
Vollmer is somebody you can always depend on when he’s healthy, and Bill Belichick gave plenty of praise to Vollmer, via ESPN Boston, “He is a real smart guy. He is not only intelligent but he understands football concepts, so when you explain something to him from a football standpoint, it registers with him very quickly. He’s a very flexible person, so if you ask him to change something he can change it and still be comfortable doing it, as opposed to having a bad habit and not being able to break it. He’s been a very good person to coach. … He’s been a great teammate, very popular with the other members of the team because of his work ethic and commitment, and he has a good personality as well.”
I’m sure most fans feel the same way about Vollmer in terms of popularity, because “Seabass” is definitely a favorite of mine and has all the intangibles and ability that an elite tackle in this league should have. Vollmer should be chalked up as yet another big success for the New England Patriots and Coach Scar, and I’m sure he has helped bring Nate Solder along and had a hand in Solder’s breakout season of 2012.