ESPN: OL Rankings

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  1. kcwilson

    kcwilson All Pro

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    Since I know you all hate ESPN, thought I would just add to the pile....

    Top OL as ranked by Scouts Inc. from ESPN Insider.
    http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/insider/news/story?id=2632995

    Rank - Team - Best Player
    1 - Pitt - Alan Faneca (G)
    2 - Denver - Tom Nalen (C)
    3 - Bengals - Eric Steinbach (C)
    4 - Colts - Tarik Glenn (T)
    5 - Eagles - Shawn Andrews (G)
    6 - Redskins
    7 - Patriots
    8 - Jags
    9 - Vikings
    10 - Bears
    11 - Seahawks
    12 - Chargers
    13 - Panthers
    14 - Falcons
    15 - Giants
    16 - Saints
    17 - Cowgirls
    18 - Titans
    19 - Chiefs
    20 - Rams
    21 - Giants Junior Varsity
    22 - 49ers
    23 - Ravens
    24 - Bucs
    25 - Browns
    26 - Packers
    27 - Lions
    28 - Bills
    29 - Dolphins - Vernon Carey (T)
    30 - Cardinals - Reggie Wells (G)
    31 - Texans - Chester Pitts (G)
    32 - Raiders - Barry Sims (G)

    The Texans use pretty much the same blocking schemes as the Denver Broncos, where head coach Gary Kubiak came from. The Texans are trying to find or develop athletic linemen. This scheme requires the players to have time together and familiarity with one another, which, at this point, the Texans are lacking.

    I thought the Bengals were a little high, and Atlanta is at 14. San Diego at 12, seemed surprising to me. Tennessee at 18. Cheifs at 19, also surprising
     
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  2. camisgirl

    camisgirl Rookie

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    I told everyone our OL sucks. Now, what are they going to do about it?:crutch:
     
  3. thunderkyss

    thunderkyss Salem Poor

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    What kind of information did they use to come to this conclusion??
     
  4. LORK 88

    LORK 88 Wreck'em Ŧech!

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    Their "expert" ESPN deduction analysis skills, duh!! ESPN is all knowing, especially Sean Salisbury, he's the smartest one on the show :francis:
     
  5. HJam72

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    Well, now even the *****s on ESPN are right about our line. :)
     
  6. Texans_Chick

    Texans_Chick Utopian Dreamer

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    Check out this interesting article on FootballOutsiders:

    EPC Special: Why Can’t Arizona Run?

    Basically it analyzes part of the Chicago-AZ game, and shows why they couldn't run.

    It is an interesting case study because Edgerin James is a proven runner over a number of years, and it shows you what happens if even a few parts of your scheme or your o-line is messed up. Comments in the post are interesting too.

    I am certainly not saying that our running backs are very talented but they are being hindered by the line, but rather it is an illustration of all the things that need to happen for a run play to work.
     
  7. TPIMP

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    Scouts Inc. - They scouted them.
     
  8. TPIMP

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    Good read. Strangely familiar.
     


  9. Vinny

    Vinny shiny happy fan Staff Member

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    The line isn't much different than in previous years when we were a decent run blocking team. The biggest difference is the change of coaching. These coaches have them pass blocking better but are worse run blockers.
     
  10. utahmark

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    you dont win without a good, at least decent oline. they need to fix this next year and then worry about defense.
     
  11. Grid

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    if it wasnt for our run blocking.. that ranking would be totally off base. But our run blocking is bad enough that it makes an average oline a terrible one.
     
  12. edo783

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    IMO, the O-line talent is ....limited. However, the coaching staff has compensated for it by closing up the splits which helps the pass protection, but winds up making it harder to run. Harder to open holes up the middle when everyone is jammed together. I know the idea is to protect Carr (not a bad thing), but as the Denver WCO is predicated on a run first and then play action type of game, it seems a bit odd that they would do something that on the surface seems to be counter to what the expressed offense style is.
     

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