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The NFL has an offensive line crisis

DanMetroMan : 9/13/2017 4:23 pm
“I hope the play gets better as the year goes on,” said former NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz, now a SiriusXM NFL Radio analyst. “There’s some young offensive lines that need to get better. There is an issue with a lack of just good offensive linemen in the NFL.”

In April’s draft, the NFL regarded the latest crop of linemen and decided, “No, thanks.” Only two offensive linemen — tackles Garett Boles and Ryan Ramczyk — were taken in the first round. None was taken until the Denver Broncos grabbed Boles with the 20th pick, the latest in modern NFL history the draft had gone without an offensive lineman being taken.

“There’s not much offensive line talent coming into the league,” the executive said. “What were the top offensive linemen, they’re not there.”

Those within the league believe the dearth of serviceable blockers derives from two primary factors: Offensive linemen enter the NFL less prepared than ever, and they have less opportunity to improve once they’re in the league.

The college spread offense, a frequent object of scorn among NFL evaluators, plays a major role. Most offensive linemen play in systems reliant on screens, quick passes and misdirection, which means they enter the NFL accustomed to rarely hitting beyond their initial block or having had to thwart a pass rusher’s secondary moves.
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The best OLines  
GiantsLaw : 9/13/2017 4:28 pm : link
play together for a while, and need time to gel as a unit. I think the reduction in the number of practices and contact in practices affects the ability for OLines to improve as units. I think it's the collective process as much as it is the individual talent level.
I don't understand why it's so hard to teach technique  
CMicks3110 : 9/13/2017 4:29 pm : link
Football isn't rocket science
This is why it's hard to have a statue at QB..  
Sean : 9/13/2017 4:30 pm : link
Phil Simms said this, no QB has the perfect situation.
Most colleges run some version of the spread,  
Section331 : 9/13/2017 4:40 pm : link
which asks its OL to occupy a defender more than fire out at them and move them off the ball. OL in the spread do not get into a 3-point stance. These guys are coming into the NFL totally unprepared to play NFL-style OL.

It is no surprise to me that of the few rookie OL playing well, it's guys from Wisconsin and 'Bama, schools that run a more traditional offense.

NFL teams need to adjust. The spread isn't going anywhere any time soon.
Seahawks OL looked like  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 9/13/2017 4:40 pm : link
trash too. The thing is they got a mobile QB in Wilson.

Meanwhile, the Vikings have five-FIVE!-new starters on their line & they looked pretty damn good the other night.
RE: Seahawks OL looked like  
Default : 9/13/2017 4:41 pm : link
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trash too. The thing is they got a mobile QB in Wilson.

Meanwhile, the Vikings have five-FIVE!-new starters on their line & they looked pretty damn good the other night.


Against a shit Saints defense on the road.
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Default : 9/13/2017 4:45 pm : link
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trash too. The thing is they got a mobile QB in Wilson.

Meanwhile, the Vikings have five-FIVE!-new starters on their line & they looked pretty damn good the other night.



Against a shit Saints defense on the road.

Meaning the Saints on the road.
RE: RE: Seahawks OL looked like  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 9/13/2017 4:46 pm : link
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trash too. The thing is they got a mobile QB in Wilson.

Meanwhile, the Vikings have five-FIVE!-new starters on their line & they looked pretty damn good the other night.



Against a shit Saints defense on the road.


Well I don't think the '17 Cowboys are being confused with the Doomsday Defense either.
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Default : 9/13/2017 4:49 pm : link
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trash too. The thing is they got a mobile QB in Wilson.

Meanwhile, the Vikings have five-FIVE!-new starters on their line & they looked pretty damn good the other night.



Against a shit Saints defense on the road.



Well I don't think the '17 Cowboys are being confused with the Doomsday Defense either.


No they aren't, but people here are quick to point out the Vikings moves in relation to the Giants.

But it has been one game against a notoriously horrible defense that is even worse on the road.
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chuckydee9 : 9/13/2017 5:19 pm : link
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trash too. The thing is they got a mobile QB in Wilson.

Meanwhile, the Vikings have five-FIVE!-new starters on their line & they looked pretty damn good the other night.



Against a shit Saints defense on the road.



Well I don't think the '17 Cowboys are being confused with the Doomsday Defense either.



No they aren't, but people here are quick to point out the Vikings moves in relation to the Giants.

But it has been one game against a notoriously horrible defense that is even worse on the road.


Dallas's DLine on Sunday has less talent than the NO saints Dline on the road.. Dallas had a bunch of their starters on DL suspended.. Also I don;t think Vikings OLine was any good.. they just had Cook.. and a lead..
RE: Seahawks OL looked like  
map7711 : 9/13/2017 8:04 pm : link
In comment 13597791 SFGFNCGiantsFan said:
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trash too. The thing is they got a mobile QB in Wilson.

Meanwhile, the Vikings have five-FIVE!-new starters on their line & they looked pretty damn good the other night.


But they scored 9 points.
Is there era of the pocket passer over?  
jcn56 : 9/13/2017 8:08 pm : link
If OLs are going to be this bad going forward - and this isn't just on Eli, but in general - can teams win with QBs without at least some speed/mobility in their favor?

The problem is bad now and it's not getting better - if anything, QBs in 5 years might have to have some serious wheels to man the helm.
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