Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
I had to laugh when Aikman said this was the best OL in the league. Obviously he doesnt watch all their games. Strong run blocking unit ( although not yesterday) but not a good pass blocking line in my opinion. You would just think that with 3 #1 picks it would be better.
I'm kind of getting tired of hearing comments about how our O-line is "one of the best" myself. Stats may support this claim, especially in the run game, but the line failed the eye test whenever they go up against a good, strong DL like the Giants or Rams. Also, how can an O-line be considered one of the best when they are clearly bad at half of their duties, namely the pass blocking. I tend to agree with Gruden more (during the Bears game, at one point he mentioned that the 49ers O-line has been terrible at pass protection).
In the Rams game, I recalled seeing, on many occasions, a Ram defender having a free run at our QB right after the snap. Even elite QBs can't perform well under such conditions. We all saw how a strong Giants pass rush reduced Aaron Rodgers, unquestionably one of the truly "elite" QBs in the league, to a very average passer. I think that we have 2 very good QBs who can play very well if given time to throw, but IMO, even Montana himself would have struggled behind that O-line yesterday.
On top of that, the line was horrible at the one thing that they are supposed to be the best at, the run blocking. Rarely did they open any hole for Gore or Jacobs to run, and our RBs frequently were stuffed for negative yards. This is just unacceptable if we want to be known as a power running team.
At this point, I don't care who starts at QB going forward. One thing I do know is, unless the O-line steps it up big time in the next few weeks, we may end up being one and done in the wild card round.