Originally posted by WildBill:
Originally posted by HailJerry:
What gets me is how "small" the OL linemen were in the 70's. John Ayers at 238 lbs playing OG? Wow...!
Actually, though when they were drafted they were small when they started for Walsh they tended to be in the 265 lb range. Still small by NFL standards at the time. the OL at the time was generally 285 lbs with the bigges being the hogs at 300+ (well least most of them).
Walsh and his fellow coaches (Bobb) liked small, quick linemen who were able to punch fast and first, to put it in Walshian vernacular. They knew that stationary big men were less effective because it generally kept the line of scrimage static. Quick linemen allow for better sweeps, moving pockets, and down field blocking. Blocking at the second and third level is a lost art for many teams. How often do you see an OLman flatten a safety or CB these days? If the bigs do pull and lead they are just objects to go around, not dangerous blockers. No one wanted to get in front of Guy McIntire!
Also, Walsh knew that smaller linemen were not regarded highly, so he had his pick every year.