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2014 O-line Discussion Thread

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For discussion of all things O line. how they block, will they let you QB be turned into turf burger, will they help your rb in short yardage, will they open wholes for speedsters.

Etc. etc.

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The" I need a ice pack" award: Panthers/Chiefs/fins/jags

The " get out my way" award. Eagles/9ers

The " rip van winkle sleeper that never woke up award" Rams/ Titans

The " finally you fatties got the message award for improvement" Cards

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who are the most improved o-lines from this off-season?

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The Pouncey injury in Mia might have sealed Moreno and Miller as DND for me.

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who are the most improved o-lines from this off-season?

Somewhere between Arizona and Pittsburgh.

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I might be in the minority (not sure), but I think the Browns have one of the best O-Lines coming into the year. By "one of the best" I mean a potential top 3 O-Line. Maybe top 5 because it will be tough to be better than Philly, 49ers, Pats, and Broncos.

2 All-Pros in Joe Thomas and Alex Mack. Plus Schwarts graded out positively, and they just drafted an athletic RG in Joel Bitonio who is a previous basketball player that averaged a double-double his senior year in high school, and projects to be a great fit in Shanahan's ZBS. If Bitonio picks up the ZBS then look out.

"Bitonio happens to be one of my favorite players in this draft. If you put tape on of him blocking Anthony Barr of UCLA, he's a first round pick; Bitonio shut Barr down. Barr is a powerful guy. He handled every athletic edge guy he faced. He's quicker than you think, with better feet than people think." -- Mike Mayock

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One of the more interesting OLines is in Buffalo. The coaching staff apparently favors size at the expense of agility at the point of attack and has Andre The Giant personnel manning the bookends. Conventional wisdom is that agile defenders will wreak havoc with the ungainly creatures manning the Bills interior and grades out the unit as at or near the bottom of the league. It will be interesting to see if Marrone's OLine proclivities reinforce his unfortunate nickname or earn him visionary status.

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FWIW, Footballguys just released their O-line rankings for '14 and the top 10 are as followed:

1. Cleveland

2. Philly

3. SF

4. STL

5. CHI

6. Min

7. Cincy

8. Den

9. Sea

10. Tenn

Dallas was 15th and Pit 16th

Bottom 5 were:

28. Oak

29. Mia

30. Buf

31. KC

32. Jac

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FWIW, Footballguys just released their O-line rankings for '14 and the top 10 are as followed:

1. Cleveland

2. Philly

3. SF

4. STL

5. CHI

6. Min

7. Cincy

8. Den

9. Sea

10. Tenn

Dallas was 15th and Pit 16th

Bottom 5 were:

28. Oak

29. Mia

30. Buf

31. KC

32. Jac

these are terrible. CHI at 5? absolutely not. do they not realize the jaguars o-line improved a lot this offseason? Dallas and Tennessee are extremely low I think.

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Repeated digs but without any detail in the FootballGuys relatively negative Rashad Jennings player spotlight today.

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Ummm...How and why is CHI ranked that high? Havent they been one of the worst in the league?

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Ummm...How and why is CHI ranked that high? Havent they been one of the worst in the league?

The Bears OL allowed 30 sacks last season, tied for fourth fewest in the NFL. They improved a lot compared to previous seasons.

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FWIW, Footballguys just released their O-line rankings for '14 and the top 10 are as followed:

1. Cleveland

2. Philly

3. SF

4. STL

5. CHI

6. Min

7. Cincy

8. Den

9. Sea

10. Tenn

Dallas was 15th and Pit 16th

Bottom 5 were:

28. Oak

29. Mia

30. Buf

31. KC

32. Jac

Pitiful list. I am bears fan but the online performance last year was based on quicker QB releases, trestmans system, and the bears weapons making there job easier.

Settles O line was very underwhelming last year. The fact Wilson is incredible good at buying time and smart about tossing it away instead of getting sacked helps the lines numbers more than there talent.

I would qualify the browns by saying.....but it will not matter since it's the browns.

Lions o line seemed pretty good last year.

Panthers should be pretty low.

Titans seem like they got name talent.....but I am not seeing the holes or performance.

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Bump. It all starts up front. Would love for a Denver fan, or fans of other teams in general, to comment each week on what's happening with their olines. A couple of comments from my end:

Dallas' oline is 100% again with LG Oleary and RT Free back.

The Eagles oline is fully intact again. Herrmmans is out for the year at rg but his replacement filled in well at lg and now will be playing rg.

SDs interior line is as bad as any I've ever seen. The center can't hold the point of attack or anchor consistently and the guards are highly unathketic. Teams with great DT play will abuse them up the middle.

The Carolina tackles are as bad as it gets (as we all saw Monday night).

Miami has lost their excellent LT for the season. They'll be moving their rookie RT to the left side. Not sure who's going to be filling in over at the right side.

Would love to hear from Seattle, SF, and Denver fans about what is going on there.

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