An old and heavy wagon still looks good behind the Budwiser Clydesdales. Much like a great pass rush can make an average secondary look great a great run blocking O line can make an average running back look all-pro.
I think Tebow is the catalyst behind some innovative thinking going on with EFX in that we're going to run to set the pass in an exclusive type of focus. My money says we are VERY likely to draft the top FB in this year's draft and pick up some road grader type offensive linemen through FA and/or draft. Scotty Payne's recent post about trading out of the first round NEARLY hit the nail on the head in terms of moving this direction. See the comparison that follows.
Scotty went with a RB with the 1st of two second round picks that fits the run dominant culture mentioned above and the 2nd of two 2nd round picks to a pocket collapsing DT (Kendall Reyes) goes down like a Bud Lite on a hot summer day, so I'm okay with that. Picking up the best FB (a 257 pounder) in the draft in the 5th would make my whole summer. It's after this that Scotty and I differ somewhat. The remaining picks, a 3rd, a 4th, and a 5th should include another run mauling offensive lineman. The "best player available" mind set may well hold an elite run blocking lineman among these picks and I wouldn't mind it at all if it were our 3rd rounder as long as he hold elite potential.
The NFL is becoming a game of mismatches, much like the NBA (see the Patriots use of their TE's this year as the standard). The picture of our "Big" package, meaning Clark and two TE's coupled with a bone crushing FB and two more road graders in the O line (replacing Badles and Walton) brings visions of the ultimate mismatch to mind. The resultant effects would be to run over people even when they know what's coming, much like the old GB Packers of the Fuzzy Thurston era. You throw in Tebow's running ability and the opposing D would be forced to stack against the run, which opens up the field for even Tebow's present passing skills.
Any other direction in building an offense will result in a "cookie cutter" mentality requiring the same personnel everyone else is looking for, including that elusive franchise QB, which could easily take another 4-5 years IF we're lucky enough to find a QB of that caliber.
By the way, I do realize replacing Walton with an elite center is extraordinarily difficult. I'm curious as to whether this year's FA class or the draft has any centers that would qualify?