Originally posted by ttime1:
Originally posted by excelsior:
Numbers do not tell the whole story. Much of the reason that Smith's sack total was not greater was because he was pretty good at getting rid of the ball before being sacked. But poor pass protection does exact a serious toll in other respects. The QB is forced to run, throw the ball away, or dump it off for relatively unproductive gains.
This is very debateable. Smith would ofetn time run when there was no need to and many have complained about his lack of pocket presence.
The point about Smith may be debatable. However, it is true that defenses' will force you to play within a very limited playing field if you don't have good pass protection.
For Smith, who thrives within a spread offense, it is PARTICULARILY important to provide him with an oline that is capable of holding the flanks very well.
So, if you wanted to maximize Smith's strengths, you would adopt a spread offense scheme, and to do so...you would start with solid tackle play. Otherwise, defenses will shorten the field...which negates the whole spread offense scheme. You may as well just stick with power running if you are going to run a spread offense (or whatever Raye wants to call it, lol) without having some solid play at the tackles.
As far as the center of the line goes...well that is just a gimme....you can kiss your ass goodbye (whether it be run or pass) if you can't hold the center. The size of field you get to play on when that happens is essentially your own backfield. Fortunately, it is much easier to hold the center than the flanks because it is not nearly as fluid inside as out on the flanks, so it is not nearly as difficult to find personnel who can do the job adequately.
[ Edited by Blitz on Mar 4, 2010 at 08:36:16 ]