Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
It becomes very difficult to critique AD without people twisting in to bashing or hate. Some may say "sound familiar?" but that is a different beast altogether. That involves a track record of certain posters and the way they go about critiquing a player.
But anyway, to answer your question as succinctly as I can.
There are times when AD guesses right and is directly positioned in front of his rush opponent... in these times, he blocks very well... but..
There are times when he takes that false step and in those times, he loses the initial positioning. He doesn't have the recovery that one would like from an OT. When he takes a false step, he gives up penetration and he gives it up quickly. Alex has taken some pretty vicious wacks because of this.
The best examples I can give you.. just going back to last week's game. Take a look at the very first pass play of the game. AD was beaten quickly by the LE and thankfully Boone gave the LE a late shove to help and Alex got the ball out quickly on his first read. A nastier example would go to the end of Alex's day... the play that Alex sprained his finger @ the 11:26 mark in the 4th quarter.. This was a 5 step drop quick throw.. and the second Alex released it to VD on a deep fade, he was brutally chopped down in under 3 seconds by the LE zipping past AD's outside shoulder. That just shouldn't happen to a very good OT. I mean, AD may as well have not even been standing there.
My point that I'm trying to express in all of this is not that AD is teh suxxorz. It is only that while he is decent and improving? He is not as good as many people are clinging to. I hope stats are made available soon on just how quickly all QBs are getting the ball out. I have to think Alex will be up at the top of that list... and getting the ball out quickly makes OL look real good.
Overall, what we did see vs the Bills.. which was abnormal for us... is that when Alex didn't throw the ball super-quickly to his first read? The OL for the most part STILL held their blocks for that additional second or two. That's something we haven't been getting vs the other opponents.. and of course that helps the QB have his 300+ passing days.
Wow, great post! OL analysis is not exactly, "sexy." And when you watch the film on these guys, you start to see some red flags, positives, trends, etc. Good stuff.
Maybe Gore21 (?) tweeted Staley again and told him to get his crap together or he's going to get Alex killed (and he responded). Now he should tweet AD personally.
But it sounds like they ALL finally read your post on blocking all the way THROUGH the whistle...this time, for the first time ever, they did it as a unit. So no doubt, my tweet to them worked. Great job! Haha