Originally posted by cciowa:
Originally posted by NCommand:
good post. i have worries about the ol. I refuse to think just cuz we got rid of two bad players last year,, that means we are automatically better. that is just wrong. it took them 3/4 of the season last year just to play respectable and they better not start out that way again, nc is spot on. we were bad last year. we lost two bad players and it sounds like they still have no solution to the Rg thing. I am glad they signed davis but people who say they are not worried are just whistling past the end zone in my opinion. again alex took the blame and lots of people like to actually blame alex for the lines poor play but its a problem so do not bury your head in the sand,, Thank you very very much NC for bringing this to the attention of the zone
The only real concern I have is the OL pass protection. Alex will naturally take the blame off the OL but...
He is lucky he didn't end up with a destroyed shoulder/decapitated again; it's not like Roman/Solari didn't know the Texans had 7 sacks coming into to that game. Smith takes some BRUTAL hits. OL don't play through the whistle and this has been a perpetual problem all last year as well with only one change to the lineup (RG). Horrendous. This OL gave up 44 sacks but also lead the league in sacks/pressures/hits under 3 seconds. To see what a real pass protection line looks like, ask yourself if Schaub was even touched that game. Imagine if Alex had their OL and faith in his (consistent) OL. All those new toys (Moss, Manningham, Jenkins, James, Reuland plus VD, Crabtree, Miller, Gore, etc.) would be fun to play with. This team BETTER be concerned! It's a perpetual problem now and we have no real depth at T now that Harbaugh wants Boone to stay (concentrate) at RG.
Everyone wants to see us air it out, "evolve" in year 2 of 3 of the WCO offense, utilize all these new weapons, etc. BUT if the pass protection issues are shored up, NONE of the aforementioned is possible.
I know last year they had a stretch where they only gave up 7 sacks in 6 games but we also need to remember that we were in max-protection (one real receiving option) with RB's staying in, extra TE's and OL blocking and Alex is a very mobile guy himself so we need to keep perspective here; this isn't ONE pre season game.
In the Texans game, again, it looked like Ginn was Alex's only real comfort receiver (great adlib hookup BTW). The Texans didn't even play Watts either, right?
So until I see Alex sitting back there in a comfort zone on a consistent basis picking defenses apart, I'll remain "concerned."