Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by BrianGO:
Pro-Bowl LT, happy with LG and RT, happy with T backup. But you're not happy with interior backup, therefore there are "huge" questions for the line?
How many teams in the league have great depth on their interior line?
We are very fortunate to finally have a solid O-line with good depth at tackle. Every team wants to improve every position, but our o-line seems like it is finally solidly set for the first time in years.
Yes, and you are the guy who says QBs make the OLine? So Smith helped Staley become an all pro...just as Brees helped his two Gs become all pro. Did you watch the defenders come untouched up the middle this past season? You have no problem with that? Come on now, you can't think Smith being hit before he can even reach his third step of the drop by an untouched DLman is his fault...what am I thinking, of course you do.
RG and C are still huge problems. Even with Snyder playing they were still weak in pass protection in the middle. Can experience working together help next year? Sure, I think they will be better but I would love to see a solid RG helping Goodwin and Davis next year with Snyder in his valuable utility position. By the way, is Snyder signed? I don't think we currently have a RG signed except for Kilgore, who is listed as LG back up.
Snyder played well. Goodwin sometimes plays on roller skates, but so do many centers. Every line gives up pressure up the middle. I don't think we were abnormal.
I think I know some of the plays you're talking about, and yes, I hate to say it, but I think Smith should have handled them better. The Ravens game was the only time it was a pure jailbreak, and that was when Chilo was in there most of the game.
A lot of also has to do with the strange array of blocking sets we use. Our line gets confused a lot of the time. This season we used a ton of short drops and narrower splits.
Davis is a still a little awkward, but he seals his man off even if he gets beat off the edge. Same with Goodwin. You see, even if a player gets beat up the middle, it doesn't mean the quarterback has to scramble for his life. All he has to do is shuffle to the left of right and let the defender go by while the lineman washes him away. Pressure up the middle shouldn't automatically end a play, unless of course is it from multiple players, like in the Ravens game.
[ Edited by BrianGO on Mar 6, 2012 at 7:15 PM ]