I agree that 2.8 - 3.0 seconds is a good amount of time to throw the ball.
Not all pressure is equal. Pressure that disrupts throwing lanes
and disrupts the timing of the throw during the drop back is much more important analysis. The problem with the OL isn't just that they are bad, but where they're bad - dead, smack in the middle at the OGs spots.
A lot of people pinpoint RT, but the most disruptive pressure comes up from the middle into the QBs face. Baas and Rachal have been horrid. They've essentially been turn-styles for the first few games of the season. Baas has gotten a little better, but Rachal has been terrible all season long save a couple plays here and there. This is the SAME reason why the 49ers can't be this "power rushing" team Singletary would like. The OGs are horrible. We can have great tackles, but if the middle is soft like a Twinkie, it's all for nothing.
Yes, we need to address RT, but Rachal's play IMHO has caused many more hurried throws, disrupted plays in the passing and running game (3rd and inches) than any other position on the OL - yet, Singletary keeps him on the field.
Opposing teams see this on film and exploit it. They run a blitz usually between one of the OG and the C, forcing Heitmann to double/help one or the other. Usually the blitz is designed to force help away from Rachal because they see him getting beat repeatedly in one-on-one match-ups. QB is disrupted, pass usually is incomplete or Alex has to roll to his right where Snyder also has problems with his man. This usually results in a sack, pick, incompletion or if we're lucky a positive play.
You would think that keeping the RB in to help with blitz pick-up would work more consistently, but it doesn't. Why because BOTH OGs are so ineffective that someone usually gets through with ease/free and the RB picks up that guy - the actual blitzer is then free to disrupt the QB. If we get a little bit better play from our OG, the rush isn't as much of an issue. Until this happens, we will continue to have problems in both the passing and running game.
Maybe this is a post for "how do we fix the OL" but I simply don't trust that Scott can find us good OGs that aren't already proven and Larry Allen was a Turner suggestion. The 49ers need to figure this out because it's the heart and soul of the offense.
[ Edited by NinerGM on Nov 25, 2009 at 10:09 AM ]