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Friday, January 12, 2007

Oakland Raiders Offensive Line Blocking Problems

49ers - Raiders, originally uploaded by JRR.

The Oakland Raiders offensive line was terrible. But as I've stated before, it wasn't because they're bad players, it was the way they were asked to block.

This photo -- of the Raiders in white against the SF 49ers -- is a textbook example of the problem. Here, all of the linemen are retreating, and thus giving space for the Niners pass-rushers to force themselves and manuever. This is a pass pocket that will fold quickly.

What they should do is almost run block and fire out early. This way shown is too old.


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