Originally posted by PatrickJira411:Originally posted by Joecool:
It seemed as though Baas didn't see the stunt coming but with the OL, especially the Guards and Tackle, it's difficult to see who is supposed to block who.
As for Run-Blocking: I loved it!!!! These guys were getting good 2 yard pushes.
Honestly, to this team, run blocking is more important than pass blocking as Gore is the key.
Something Heitmann has not really been able to do since his leg injury in 06.
It WAS nice to watch a game and not see the center of the O Line collapse.
Irrespective of all the admiration for Heitmann and his "new clothes" by the media, and by some on this board, I agree with you, Heitmann's play has been a problem since 06. Kudos to you for raising the issue, and supporting your position--while still considering the opinions of others who may not agree.
There have been numerous past instances of Heitmann getting pushed into the backfield, regular failures to get any push on short yardage plays. It was nice, on Sunday, to see that this wasn't happening for a change.
Heitmann's experience and knowledge of the game will be hard to replace, no doubt. There is still time to do so this preseason, IMHO.
The left side, Staley and Iupati, appear to be well on their way to "gelling," and playing well together.
With Heitmann out, there is less concern over the physical play at center. (Still concern over the mental aspect, the knowledge and experience Baas and/or Wragge bring to the pass protection calls, etc., but that's what coaches are for.)
Tho I'd never wish an injury on any Niner, Heitmann's brief absence may be a blessing in disguise if it forces the coaching staff to reevaluate the center position.
Now, if Rachal and A. Davis can progress on the right side, we may begin to see some improvement in the OL play. Or at least begin to better identify the problems and address them.
Clearly, the OL problems last year were caused by more than just Snyder at RT. IMHO.
[ Edited by oldninerdude on Aug 16, 2010 at 10:54:25 ]