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Old 12-02-2007, 06:18 PM   #1
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Where was the blocking today?

I think up front is where we might have seen the effects of the incredibly mentally draining week.

The OL looked out of gas from the start and the breakdowns in protection seemed to me to signal a lack of focus.

We should have been able to pound it on them all day long.
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:20 PM   #2
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Re: Where was the blocking today?

o-line didn't show up. That d-line only had 10 sacks all year. That was unacceptable.

Red zone offense and the o-line lost this game.
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:24 PM   #3
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Re: Where was the blocking today?

Yeah, Portis had zero holes and lanes. JC was under pressure all day - I mean all day long.
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:27 PM   #4
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Re: Where was the blocking today?

Absolutely...I hadn't seen the Bills play this year to know what kind of D they had but they constantly brought pressure that the O line could NOT handle it at all. They beat Campbell up and shut Portis down. You can expect the Bears to do the exact same but maybe even more effective after seeing that.
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:31 PM   #5
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Re: Where was the blocking today?

The O-line was the biggest reason of this loss. Portis had no openings and Campbell was getting pounded. I want to see some young blood added to that unit in the draft.
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:35 PM   #6
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The O-line was the biggest reason of this loss. Portis had no openings and Campbell was getting pounded. I want to see some young blood added to that unit in the draft.
It was the worst performance I have ever seen from our O-line. No holes for Portis, getting blown off the line of scrimmage, missed blocks in pass protection, false starts at critical times etc. We definitely should use our mid and late round picks on O-linemen. Unfortunately, we need help at DE, possibly at DT, and at FS.
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:44 PM   #7
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It was the worst performance I have ever seen from our O-line. No holes for Portis, getting blown off the line of scrimmage, missed blocks in pass protection, false starts at critical times etc. We definitely should use our mid and late round picks on O-linemen. Unfortunately, we need help at DE, possibly at DT, and at FS.
It was an uninspiring performance in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Wade was in and out of the game and stunk when he was in there, Samuels had a false start in the red zone on 4th and 1 that caused us to settle for a field goal, and JC was running for his life or on his back the whole game. Not to mention we couldn't run the ball or stop the run and Edwards had way to much time. Putrid.
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:45 PM   #8
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Re: Where was the blocking today?

yeah, the O line was the main reason we lost this game, but I was amazed by the level of play from alot of the other player on this team. Springs and Smoot were playing great, and most of the other D looked good. Moss and Caldwell looked awesome as well, and I thought campbell looked good. I couldn't tell if there were any receivers open when we got into the redzone, or if the hesitation was due to not wanting to turn the ball over like he's done the last 2 weeks, but we have a good foundation on offense now and we haven't had that in a long time.
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:08 PM   #9
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Re: Where was the blocking today?

I think the offensive line, more than probably any other facet of the game, requires the utmost in concentration and coordination.

What we saw today was an already struggling and banged up O-line suffering the mental and emotional abuse of the week from hell. It's no surprise at all that they looked bad todya.
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:18 PM   #10
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Re: Where was the blocking today?

I really think putting Heyer in there for the rest of the year would be a great idea. Just to give him so more experience. I think he is showing a lot of promise and could be a huge part of this line in years to come. If Randy Thomas doesen't intend on coming back next and we do lose to the Bears, I would like to see him sit for the remainder of the season to make sure we don't put him at risk for further injury.
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:19 PM   #11
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Re: Where was the blocking today?

Yeah, I am with the "O-Line didn't cut it." I am with SGG - we need some O-line draft picks.

I would go further. I think that the this season has been a testament to the lack of depth and youth on our line. Sure, there has been plenty of blame to go around, but I just haven't seen the push when we need it. Has our line ever really taken over a game when we need it? I posted earlier in the season (pre-season?) that our line was a concern going forward b/c of its age and lack of depth. Yes, it's been decimated by injuries and the loss of Dock was pretty big, but we have no real youth to step forward.

I think this is where all our trades and RFA signings have really hurt us. Those mid-rounders are where you find the depth and those were the ones we traded away.

<sigh> I know I am not saying anything new. I just am frustrated that a management team that built a championship through its o-line didn't see this coming. More than anything else, we need to build a championship line. After that, all else will follow. As for the D, I think we will be fine.

As far as I am concerned - if our draft consisted of 6 O-linemen I would not be dissatisfied (as long as we hit on 2 or three of of 'em).
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Yeah, I am with the "O-Line didn't cut it." I am with SGG - we need some O-line draft picks.

I would go further. I think that the this season has been a testament to the lack of depth and youth on our line. Sure, there has been plenty of blame to go around, but I just haven't seen the push when we need it. Has our line ever really taken over a game when we need it? I posted earlier in the season (pre-season?) that our line was a concern going forward b/c of its age and lack of depth. Yes, it's been decimated by injuries and the loss of Dock was pretty big, but we have no real youth to step forward.

I think this is where all our trades and RFA signings have really hurt us. Those mid-rounders are where you find the depth and those were the ones we traded away.

<sigh> I know I am not saying anything new. I just am frustrated that a management team that built a championship through its o-line didn't see this coming. More than anything else, we need to build a championship line. After that, all else will follow. As for the D, I think we will be fine.

As far as I am concerned - if our draft consisted of 6 O-linemen I would not be dissatisfied (as long as we hit on 2 or three of of 'em).

Good post. I agree that the trades have hurt our depth along the line. The coaches gambled that we'd stay relatively healthy and have the playmakers to make our offense explosive and our defense dominant. It was a reasonable gamble to make, it just turned out that the gamble didn't work this season. Then again, look at our secondary. We had the deepest secondary in the league and then we lost our #2 CB, FS, and our #1 and #3 CBs have been injured at various times during the season. Sometimes lady luck isn't so kind.
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:28 PM   #13
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Re: Where was the blocking today?

I expected a flat performance just like we saw, after the week the team went thru I didn't expect anything. The death of ST really has affected the team and fans, it's too hard to get motivated and fired up after such a loss.
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:36 PM   #14
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And to think that this all happened against a run defense ranked #23 in the league.

By the way, is the jumbo package really working anymore? During the Comcast Postgame show, Ray Brown said that it tends to bunch the defense together, when trying to spread them out might work better.
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And to think that this all happened against a run defense ranked #23 in the league.

By the way, is the jumbo package really working anymore? During the Comcast Postgame show, Ray Brown said that it tends to bunch the defense together, when trying to spread them out might work better.
I totally agree with Ray, and I've been saying it for weeks. Our Jumbo package success inside the opponent's 10 yard line is pathetic. Beside that, Portis is much better suited to running with the field spread out. Until the O-line either gets healthy or adds better personnel, I'd just as soon see that package put on the shelf the rest of the season.
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