Originally posted by NCommand:
Great post and good point about the quickness...will watch for that more if we see any RG pulls.
Originally posted by oldman9er:
Still limited looks, dtg, but I feel sure that I have seen enough of Boone's pull blocks to have NO concerns about that. He's got the quickness to do this effectively. Now, the issues for him will be recovering and awareness.. which can go hand in hand. The awareness, you mentioned.. as he needs to have his eyes scanning all over and be focused and prepared for any delay/late stunts and blitzes.The recovery is where he will need to be able to stop his momentum and be able to turn and set his feet in the other direction quickly enough. Now those two things are a concern at this time. (for me, anyway)
Glad to hear your assessment regarding quickness! I recall learning to pull and it was a matter of technique and balance--and a heck of a lot of practice! Boone's a hard worker and so should be able to master it but at the NFL level...? Hope so. If he can't pull it won't ruin the offense though. They just eliminate those plays and rely on other blocking schemes.
You mention the eyes scanning and that is what I was trying to get at in my post! Rachal and Snyder often locked into a direction and turned too much (probably because they were late) and DL or LBs ran right past their butts. Can't turn so much on pass blocking...have to stay facing forward to catch those late guys. In their defense, they were trying to help A Davis and Goodwin, but wound up spreading the pocket. Play calling should help with this though, with WRs who can read and react with Smith. They have to punish teams for stacking the box and they did toward the end of the year using VD most often.
One method Harbaugh used at Stanford and last year that I do not care for is the jumbo blocking package. Puts too many men in a tight space and submarining by the DL can cut the whole thing down too easily. I really like Walsh's idea of spacing the offense out so every inch of the field is attacked. His emphasis was on the first twenty yards with occasional down field throws, but defenses had to account for the entire width of the field just about every play.