Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
Overall agree, but couldn't agree more on that last sentence. Not a big fan of the big fatty package with big LD and Tuku.. though sure, at times it has worked.
Yeah, I guess you are very right about the "many other OL block in similar fashion." Hard to notice them as much, since I don't study each on a play-by-play basis. Still want to see (for instance) Boone hit the 2nd level and annihilate his 2nd level LB instead of block him initially, but let said LB work around him for a stop. That bothers me.. as Boone (or any OL) should be able to drive a LB into the dirt. I could give more examples, but I am sure most know what I am talking about.
------------ finishing yet another cup, and really need to start drinking more decaf instead, dammit!
Never drink decaf...but I stop at 10 a.m. or I'd be awake all night, LOL! I think one reason Staley gets recognition as an all pro is his hitting the next level. He is always down field helping WRs or RBs get that extra yard.
One reason for the easing off may be due to games like Balt last year, when they stayed tied up too long on a guy only to let a late blitzer through. I understand that problem but seem to recall Rachal and Snyder standing next to the hole with no one to block...often! At least I'm not seeing that this year.
The line, as we both know, usually takes time to jell and we are seeing it this year, opposed to last year never improving much...and that's where Goodwin looked very bad at times. One thing that I always forget about the line is that really instinctive players (also very good) have the ability to look around to find the right block, whereas a guy like Snyder is maxed out just trying to get a jump toward the guy he thinks he should block. Anchoring is the term scouts use I believe. Great players can anchor but adjust mid play. Perhaps the difference is quickness, or vision, or...whatever.
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Nov 9, 2012 at 7:29 AM ]