If the OL can come together and do well, we have a real shot at getting things right. However, again, I think it comes to schemes and coaching our talent enough.
Forester looks just as bad as Warhop. While with the Ravens (2005 - 07) as OL coach, the team's rushing rank was never once cracked top 15(according to NFL.com) in rushing and this was a team that relied heavily on the run given the flux at QB. Looks to me this is more like a Nolan hire than someone chosen for their qualifications.
I also found this important tidbit:
Finally, it's worth noting that the Baltimore Ravens changed offensive line coaches. Gone is Chris Foerster, who served as the team's offensive line coach since 2005. The Ravens line was miserable in '05, better in '06, and not very good in '07. In 2004, his last year in Miami, his line surrendered the second most sacks in the league (52) and tied for last in yards per rush (3.5). Foerster was hired by San Francisco this year, and I suppose it should surprise no one that the 49ers are 25th in rushing yards, and 3rd worst in sacks allowed (45).
In 2008, first year head coach John Harbaugh brought in John Matsko, who was the offensive line coach during the glory years of the St. Louis Rams earlier this decade. In the late 80s, Matsko coached the offensive line of the USC Trojans to 3 straight Rose Bowls. He also coached perennial Pro Bowlers Willie Roaf, Will Shields, Brian Waters, and Adam Timmerman during his stints in Kansas City and New Orleans.
By no means is the Baltimore Ravens offensive line dominant, but they're trending in the right direction with Matsko developing their mostly very young line. It's hard to quantify the impact of coaching at the NFL level at offensive line, but I think it is definitely a factor. Matsko better have a better idea of how to block James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley,
Now granted Martz had issues with QB protection - so I can't blame all of those sacks on Forrester while with the 49ers, but you have to ask yourself here - given his tenure with the Ravens, their OL became MUCH better last season once Forrester LEFT.[/indent]
I'm always interested in what other fans say about coaches from other teams (just like we think the Broncos made a huge mistake with hiring Mike Nolan as DC). This is what another fan says about Forrester:
And could someone please tell me how Chris Foerster gets a hall pass? Here’s a coach who left Miami in 2004 after his O-Line was tied for second worst in the league in sacks allowed (52). They also were tied for dead last in average yards per rush (3.5 yards).
In 2005 with virtually the same offensive line personnel and without Foerster the Dolphins were fourth best in the league at protecting the quarterback (26 sacks) and tied for seventh best in average per carry (4.3 yards).
And Foerster became the Ravens offensive line coach and assistant head coach why?
[ Edited by NinerGM on Dec 29, 2009 at 7:45 AM ]