Originally posted by BrianGO:
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.
You need to understand which plays I am referring to...the ones where Smith has no time to even turn toward the line, with guys also pushing in from the edges. He had a number of sacks, not just in the Ravens game, where he literally was grabbed by three D players as he reached his drop. That should never, never, never happen.
As for other OLines giving up sacks up the middle I would say it is a rarity with most lines, while I expected at least two of these sacks in every 9er game. Smith also managed to escape many sacks because he is a lot stronger than he looks. He pulled away from some very strong DLmen who thought they had him under wraps.
You seem to give him no credit at all. P. Manning, by the same token, throws the ball into the ground if a D player gets within five feet...not that I compare Smith to Manning because Manning will then make a spectacular play to make up for it. He is the best, or second best, QB in the NFL...when healthy.
Edit: forgot to reiterate that Snyder is not signed, Rachal is not signed, and Snyder is injury prone...as is Staley. So with these facts in mind...h*ll yes there are some concerns about the line!
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Mar 6, 2012 at 8:20 PM ]