Originally posted by TXNinerFan52:
Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Thank you Marvin for being reasonable and calm--realistic.
New center = learning and jelling with the line. Calls may not be correct.
Staley? Best lineman and he has been all over Iupati after blown coverage and sacks (not usually this vocal). Why? On one play Staley had outside, Goodwin had a man over him and Iupati chose to double with the center. The blitz came right through the hole created by Iupati when he slid to help the center. The center did not need help and the pocket broke down. One of the many ridiculous sacks in less than 1.5 seconds.
Seems everyone loves Iupati because he is a mauler extraordinaire, but he has a lot to learn about pass blocking. They have switched to more zone blocking and it is difficult for a second year guy to make this transition. He has to read the D and stay balanced on his feet, watching for the blitz. Ideally, Iupati should have dropped a step toward the center, waited to see if he needed help and then held against the blitz. He turned so far toward the center that I though it must be a run play and he was going to take the NT out...had his back to the blitzer.
At any rate, the line is what it is and they will improve, just like they did last year. But it will be painful to watch. I was only half kidding about starting the veterans...Wragge and Snyder. Staley/Wragge/Goodwin/Snyder/Davis or Boone. At least they would jell more quickly...run game would suffer.
On this play who did Staley block? If I’m correct Staley was blocking the air as the Texans defensive player ran right by him.
Yes, but he blocked a great deal of air and very effectively. You should have noted that the blitz brushed by the backside of Iupati while Staley was outside. Could he have closed quickly and stopped the blitz? Perhaps, but then the entire left side of the line would be behind center. It was quite apparent he thought Iupati had the guy. I watched it again and Staley would have had to give up the outside totally in order to make the block and it wasn't clear the DE would drop.
Zone calls are made and perhaps players are sticking to the call too strictly instead of adjusting?