As stated much of the problem does rest on the shoulders of the OL. We are on track to give up 55+ sacks, again. I don’t even want to know how many knock downs and hurries Hill is enduring but lets assume half the time he is under pressure. OL has to step up.
Hill is not the long term answer. He cannot throw the out or side line pass. As we all know the width of a football field is 53 1/3 yards. If he is on the left hash throwing to the right sideline that is a 28-32 yard pass he cannot make that pass without the CB knocking the ball down or picking it off this is a huge problem. Hill does fine on the 20-25 yard pass down the middle. His accuracy is good but his arm strength is horrible. He has to throw a rainbow or duck to get it deep down the field giving the secondary a chance to recover. Teams are learning that they only need to worry about covering the middle and 20-25 yards deep.
Again we are suffering through an offense learning a new system. Raye is just now figuring out what his personnel can do and what plays tend to work. Let’s pray he expands the play book now that he has had some time with the offense in game situations. At times I have moments of Déjà vu and I am watching Hostler all over again run on first down, run on second down, pass on 3rd and 6, bring in punt team. I am not happy with Raye and wish that Sing had not scared Lineham away with his rhetoric about smash mouth football. I think he could have done a lot for this team. Look at what he has accomplished in Detroit and they don’t have near the talent we do