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OFFENSIVE LINE PLAY: Most Important

I'm amazed at how many people have completly written off Chilo. The Zone really took his play personal last year... Yet, everyone is clamouring for Snyder when he has not been able to hold onto any starting job he ever had. I like Snyder, but the guy is career back up (valuable, no doubt).
I worry about Anthony Davis.
Originally posted by Bluefalcon61:
Alex Smith makes this line (made up of high round draft choices) look bad.
What about on run plays? It's his fault too, right?
Originally posted by WWFGD:
Anthony Davis...I pray to all that is good and decent that he has a good year this year.
Yeah when he got beat last year it was bad, very bad. It was so bad that I'm afraid one of our qbs may get injured due to his poor play.
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Our offensive line was far from "VERY good" last season. The pass protection was awful, bottom five in the league the whole season.

For those that want to blame Alex, it was actually worse with our other two QBs.

This is my #1 area of concern. I'll be watching them closely. Hopefully they've improved.
Originally posted by SybErkRimInAL:
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More like #2 reason why the 9ers have sucked. #1 reason has been FO and coaching.
[ Edited by gamechanger on Aug 12, 2011 at 8:43 AM ]
Tonight I will be watching if the line can create passing lines on time.

A central part of the WCO, and was typified by the quick, athletic lines of the Walsh/Seifert era, were linemen who had a good sense of timing and would drive hard into the midsection of opposing DL to force them to draw their hands down to protect themselves at just the moment the QB was throwing the ball. Good OLs, like the Saints and GB, do this very well which allows the QB to have clear lines of vision to pick out the receiver and deliver the ball unobstructed by they QB.

This technique has been completely missing for years now from the 49ers. Tonight should give us some indication as to how much emphasis has been placed on this by Solari/Drevno. It is basic stuff in WCO and so I would expect to see improvement in that area tonight. It is one key thing I will be watching.
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Originally posted by dj43:
Tonight I will be watching if the line can create passing lines on time.

A central part of the WCO, and was typified by the quick, athletic lines of the Walsh/Seifert era, were linemen who had a good sense of timing and would drive hard into the midsection of opposing DL to force them to draw their hands down to protect themselves at just the moment the QB was throwing the ball. Good OLs, like the Saints and GB, do this very well which allows the QB to have clear lines of vision to pick out the receiver and deliver the ball unobstructed by they QB.

This technique has been completely missing for years now from the 49ers. Tonight should give us some indication as to how much emphasis has been placed on this by Solari/Drevno. It is basic stuff in WCO and so I would expect to see improvement in that area tonight. It is one key thing I will be watching.

Excellent post! I'll be watching for this as well.
What I want to see tonight:

No False Starts or Holding Penalties from A.Davis
Low # of Sacks
No Delay of Games from Alex

Honestly, everything else doesn't matter at this point. Once we get to the 3rd pre-season game, some more gameplanning and plays can be incorporated. But tonight, I just want to see a cohesive O-line!

Go Niners!
Originally posted by NinerBuff:
What I want to see tonight:

No False Starts or Holding Penalties from A.Davis
Low # of Sacks
No Delay of Games from Alex

Honestly, everything else doesn't matter at this point. Once we get to the 3rd pre-season game, some more gameplanning and plays can be incorporated. But tonight, I just want to see a cohesive O-line!

Go Niners!
I want to see no turnovers on offense, and 2 for 2 on scoring drives by our starters. I want to see Culliver as a shutdown corner covering one of the saints starters, and I want to see aldon smith hitstick darren sproles.
i wanna see if the right side of the line shows signs of getting their sh@t right
Originally posted by WWFGD:
Anthony Davis...I pray to all that is good and decent that he has a good year this year.

Reports from training camp indicate that the coaching staff (Solari) have spent a considerable amount of time with A. Davis getting him to improve his technique. All of the tools are there physically we just have to hope that he has it mentally to be a great tackle in this league. The fact that he showed up to camp in relatively good shape is a good sign that he is committed to not sucking the sack.
Originally posted by gamechanger:
More like #2 reason why the 9ers have sucked. #1 reason has been FO and coaching.

QB play has been far worse than OL play the last 6 years last time I checked
Line play is important. But MOST important? I don't know about that. The relationship between an OL & its QB is symbiotic. Each can make the other better or worse.

Indy, Chicago, Philadelphia, Arizona, and Cincinnati (off the top of my head) have all made significant playoff runs in recent memory with question marks on the OL. Green Bay won the SB with an OL that wasn't exactly top notch.