ASFN Consultant and Senior Writer
- Jan 7, 2003
- Reaction score
- Orlando, FL
The O-line has taken quite a bit of flack for generalized failure. I’m going to be watching how things change when Murray eventually plays and starts taking snaps under center. For one thing the effectiveness of play action should improve significantly. A real run/pass option should slow rushers. The other major change would relate to creating a pocket. When your QB starts out 7 yards deep, O-linemen having to backpedal to create a pocket is too much to ask. Then add in a QB who prefers to dip then hook back and run to the side makes it almost impossible for linemen to know which way to redirect rushers. Even when a pocket was created Murray rarely moved forward to take advantage of it. Many said that was a height issue but Wilson & Brees learned to shift in the pocket to open throwing lanes; a art Murray never mastered. I’m hopeful with better QB coaching and cooperation plus a better offensive system, that significant line blocking improvement will result.