It isn't the OL that is such a glaring problem. Every team has protection breakdowns.
Look, the OL isn't great at pass pro... they never were... but our issues arise more from:
(1) not having intelligent quick routes to combat the blitz
(2) the QB not willing to hit the quick routes to combat the blitz
(3) the QB not recognizing when and where pressure is coming from early on
Take the "safety" play, for instance....
8 man rush.... EIGHT.... that means there is only 3 defenders in coverage. Miller goes on a quick out just beyond the LOS. Crabtree runs a deep slant from the slot right vs the single high S. VD running a deep out on the other side and getting pressed by a LB the whole time... Mario runs a deep... fly or comeback (couldn't tell as he runs off my screen). Gore stays in to block outside rusher... QB is at the 7 yard line after PA drop... he sees pressure coming from LG as Goodwin allows the DT to get over his left shoulder.... He sees the the penetrating blitz LB coming up the A-gap...
What does the QB do? Does he throw to his outlet who is wide open? (Miller) No.... he scrambles right (into the area of Gore/outside rush) and then continues into the EZ as that rusher now has a clean angle and is reaching for him. Had he set and fired to Miller from his 7 yard line to Miller at the 16, then we are talking about a QB beating the blitz.
[ Edited by Mr.Mcgibblets on Dec 3, 2012 at 7:46 AM ]