Only buy it in regards to run blocking!
Pass protection I still go with the 29th ranking. How can an OT give up 4.5 sacks through 4 games (sack/fumble too) plus countless other hits, pressures, etc. and be ranked that high? We gave up 14 sacks through 4 games last year...12 here.
And like oldman9er noted, Alex himself has got out of many
other sacks (e.g. Staley COULD have around 9 sacks by himself), we pass under three seconds, we wear down the DL with the running game, etc.
When you consider we throw the fewest times in the NFL while employing a three-second passing offense and STILL give up 12 sacks coupled with all the hits/pressures/FF's on top of that
? Well, that's just scary! We still have a ways to go before Alex/HaRoman start throwing/calling those deep packages.
IMHO, the inconsistency of the pass protection is THE single greatest reason we have employed this 3-second offense AND why we have not installed any deep packages to date.
BTW: Some of this poor pass protection is on VD, Gore and Hunter as well...L.Davis, Tuk, etc. Collectively, this is a poor group.
PS: oldman9er also pointed out the zone-blocking scheme and how many mental errors the G's are making allowing DL to come in right up the middle completely unblocked.
I firmly agree with the original analysis of #1 in run blocking and 29th in pass protection, hands down.
Side note: I want to give Boone his props! The dude has more than exceeded my expectations in the ground game and he isn't getting pushed back in pass protection like I feared, causing pulls from Iupati to fail, tripping Alex and RB's and destroying a clean step-up areas for Alex, etc. He is not only standing his ground, he's ensuring pushing his guy down field and he is getting better and blocking down field as well. Still lots of "mental" errors in pass protection but he and AD together, are kicking ass in the ground game! He is even being used to pull more to the left side (ala Iupati to the right). Nice!
[ Edited by NCommand on Oct 6, 2012 at 7:27 AM ]