Originally posted by Hawksfan81:Originally posted by SJniner7:
anyone know how their Oline compares to Zona?
If we were abusing the Tards line, I would hope we could get a good pass rush on hasselbeck, since he doesn't get as rattled as Warner does once you get in his face...
I don't know how our o-line compares to the card o-line because I haven't really looked at them yet, but here were my thoughts about our o-line before the rams game:
That starting unit didn't really get established until about the last week of the preseason so they definately missed out on a lot of reps as a unit. At least from the center postion thru RT. Lock has been playing LT since the OTAs in the spring and simms has been at LG since the start of camp since wahle retired just before camp started. Willis has played a fair amount at RT as well, but I don't actually remember when they confirmed that he was the guy at that spot. They had talked about him taking that spot and moving lock to RG though. Vallos and unger at center and RG respectively were tossed around back and forth in there for a while until a decision was actually made. So for me its a tough call. I can see them coming out and playing well because they knew so early on about the injuries. But at the same time I can see it being a train wreck because its a new scheme, unger is a rookie, and the last couple spots on the line were set so late in camp. I have faith that solari will have those guys prepped and ready to go. But they still have to prove that they can do it.
With all that said they did not give up a sack and the running game showed signs of life so I feel better about them now than I did before game one.
Nice to have you on our board. Hopefully, our boys will be civilized...football is as football does...you know. Anyway, I am seriously looking at your OL.
This was THE contention point for us: How would the OTs handle our pass rush? Well, most of us here felt that our DL would not do well against a formidable OL at times because of our lack of rush during the preseason. Oh not now especially after we got to Warner which most of us didn't expect including me.
Because we are at home, I think our DL and LBs will be pressuring Hasselback all day because of what we saw in AZ, an away game in a hostile environment. IF our offense can generate some first downs and keep our D rested, it will certainly be a long day for Hasselback.
The little dumps out on the flat to Carlson or RBs can do damage as demonstrated by Hightower in AZ. Yet, I would rather give that up than big plays to WRs. This has to be defended better.
The other concern I have is your very quick LBs. Can our OL snap out of it to create lanes for Gore and Co.? Or, will you guys take a page from AZ and run blitz like mad? I hope the latter because I believe in the "once bitten twice shy" motto. I would love for the play action to dominate Hill's choices next Sunday.
Either way, welcome. I look forward to some banter and conversation during the week.