They played an NFL post-merger record 38 consecutive games together between 2007-2009 and have been widely considered one of the best groups in modern NFL history.
This summer, O'Hara and Seubert finally succumbed to the many injuries they suffered over the years. The Giants released them in the first 36 hours of training camp. To fill the void, they made an internal shift, moving Diehl inside to guard allowing Will Beatty to finally take over at tackle. Then they imported free agent center David Baas from San Francisco.
Baas originally felt like an outsider, but the group has a way of banning together. He was welcomed in no time.
"That just speaks to the character of the guys in the room, what good guys they are," Baas said Monday. "They had great guys there for a long time. I know it’s the crappy part of the business, but they’ve done a really good job to try and accept me and bring me along, just given me everything I need to help the offensive line succeed and help this team succeed."
The new lineup is progressing just fine. Diehl feels they are gelling in the short time they have had together.
"It’s going well," Diehl said Wednesday. "David Baas is doing a great job of stepping in and really getting involved in the offense. It’s nice having a veteran coming in who is very familiar with the terminology and the language of things. And also with William [Beatty] stepping in at left tackle, now getting his opportunity to start – these are things that we’re consciously working on because we have to have that cohesion come week one when we play the Redskins."
Diehl went on to explain there there is more hard work ahead to make the transition seamless.
"We’re watching extra film, we’re working, we’re making sure that we’re doing a lot of verbal communication to get everything hammered out here throughout practice. We’re looking forward to finally play some live action. Obviously, when you’re using so much communication, our D-linemen have been around our offense for so long that we’re kind of giving them an advantage at times. But we’re going to do whatever we need to do to get things right right now."