gnnhan, altho this is a "qb should try playcalling" thread, you bring up a real sore point with me. And it is a question for you: Rachal was dynamite at USC, the 3rd best OT they had, but coaches had him penned in as OT the next 2 yrs. Basically, Rachal could have started at SC as an OT, but was put at OG, giving them essentially 3 OTs on the field together. Hell, no wonder their OL was so good.
Okay, chilo comes here and as a rook, later in season gets some starts and shows off his patented "pancake" blocks. Actually starts looking like a great starter. Season ends, 2009 arrives, and after half a season, rachal has "back slid". No pancake blocks, missed blocks, poor run blocks, missed pass blocks, the whole 8 day old enchilada, which really stinks. WHY? HOw could one guy have basically become a worse player than he was when he got here? HOW? I've watched tape, and he comes off like slo-mo, or like he doesn't know where to be or who to block. Either he suddenly forgot his playbook, which i doubt or he has gotten some exceptionally bad coaching, which i am afraid is probably the answer. ACtually, the entire OL has fallen in el crapper, and it almost has to be a coaching thing...as in really awful line coaching , that results in guys talent levels falling off the charts.
Yes, we need two starters on OL from draft, and yes we need to FA another starting OLineman. That's 3. But if the OL coach is the problem then it won't matter who we acquire or draft if the OL coaching is so incredibly bad. And that's where i am with our OL. How could everybody be playing like skunks , everybody playing worse than last yr, if it isn't due to awful OL coaching? Anybody agree or disagree with this strongly, and why?