Originally posted by niners420:
Originally posted by cciowa:
they were terrible for 3/4 of the year last year
No chance. Considering that after Morgan went down early and Crabtree was our only NFL caliber WR for most of the year, defenses were able to really stack the box so the fact that we were still able to have an outstanding ground game speaks volumes to the OL's play.
As for sacks, we allowed 44 but there is WAY more that goes into sacks than just how good the pass pro was (after all, it's not like Brett Swain and Joe Hastings burn defenses all the time and get open super fast lol). Plus, 20 of the 44 sacks we allowed came in 3 games (all where Rachal played, including Ravens game where we had zero time to prepare). So in 13 of the 16 games we only allowed 24 sacks which is outstanding.
True and I think we highlighted that last year there were many factors that played into sacks (play calling, no WR's who can get separation, no deep threat, no off season, new coaches/scheme, QB learning new system, poor pre snap reads, etc.).
But this OL also lead the league in pressures under 3 seconds. To me, THAT is critical b/c Alex is very mobile himself and probably avoided another 44 sacks on his own.
So now, fast forward to the present...first drive in pre season in a real-game-like scenario and the Texans only rushed more than 4 guys 2 times (two delayed 5th rusher) and POUNDED Alex again. So it goes well above just a pre season game.
It comes down to watching film objectively and seeing the exact same issues we had last year and an issue that could easily keep us from making the playoffs no matter what new weapons we have on the outside.
We, of all organizations should know, for a WCO (in particular), everything starts/ends with the OL esp. in pass protection.
[ Edited by NCommand on Aug 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM ]