This is part of our series detailing the Charlotte 49ers football team, position by position, leading up to the start of camp on Thursday. Check out our look at the quarterbacks on the roster right here.
There’s an observation about offensive linemen that rings true: if you don’t hear about them, that usually means that they’re doing their job right. While the Charlotte 49ers’ o-line may not get as much press as a glamour position like quarterback does, without them, the QB will be spending more time laying on the McColl-Richardson Field turf than he is standing.
Watching o-line coach Phil Ratliff in action for just a few minutes tells you all you need to know about him. He exudes toughness and energy, and isn’t afraid to get in the face of his young men once in a while after a missed block or a failed assignment–possibly adding in some words that we can’t type in this space. On the other side of the coin, he’s just as quick to praise and encourage the unit for a job well done in his unique fashion. While he himself admits he’s hard on his players, it’s clear he expects excellence from his line.
Let’s start on the outside and work our way in as we spotlight the offensive line.