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Thread: FF Index ranks the NFL's offensive lines:

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    Drew Bledsoe dropped back to pass over 600 times.


    We rarely ran the ball.
    When we did it was the 1st QTR or 4th WTR usually b/c Gilbride was in love with the deep ball and big play (hence the sacks and attempts)., and defenses could easily key in on our attack.

    This year we have no Price (this is a GOOD thing for our offense, I repeat this is a GOOD thing), the line is much more cohesive, we will be grinding it out more and wearing out the D, we won't be going deep every play, Drew has promised to be mroe efficient in using the TE's and FB's like he did in NE, Mike Williams is a beast, Ruben is a 7-time Pro-Bowler, Jennings is unbelievably aggressive and athletic, Teague is solid and a year more experienced at playing Center and being able to make the right line calls, and Sullivan is a mauler, and all these guys have played LT at some point in their careers which means they are very athletic and know a thing or two about pass-protection as well.


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    Originally posted by MOULDSROCKS
    Drew Bledsoe dropped back to pass over 600 times.


    We rarely ran the ball.
    When we did it was the 1st QTR or 4th WTR usually b/c Gilbride was in love with the deep ball and big play (hence the sacks and attempts)., and defenses could easily key in on our attack.

    This year we have no Price (this is a GOOD thing for our offense, I repeat this is a GOOD thing),


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    Sam Gash will help too
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    Want stats that tell more of the story about the Bills OL

    1st 8 games: 30 sacks(3.75 sacks/game) given up and running game averaged 88.1 ypg

    2nd 8 games: 21 sacks(2.63 sacks/game) given up and running game averaged 102.8 ypg.

    1 full sack per game less per game and 14 yds on average difference between 1st and 2nd halves.
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    Nice.
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    and that figure includes the GB game which was a disaster
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    Take out the GB game and the 2nd half numbers are 2.1 sacks per game and 111.3 ypg rushing
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    Originally posted by clumpedplatelet
    Want stats that tell more of the story about the Bills OL

    1st 8 games: 30 sacks(3.75 sacks/game) given up and running game averaged 88.1 ypg

    2nd 8 games: 21 sacks(2.63 sacks/game) given up and running game averaged 102.8 ypg.

    1 full sack per game less per game and 14 yds on average difference between 1st and 2nd halves.
    1st of all your numbers are wrong!

    2nd 8 games you allowed 24 sacks, not 21.

    You also had fewer passing attempts. A more accurate statistic would be sacks per attempt which went from 9.43% (30/318) in the first 8 games to 8.22% (24/292) in the 2nd 8 games.

    A small improvement.

    Still a pathetic performance.

    Miami allowed 25 sacks, for the entire year (1.56 per game), on 455 attempts for a ratio of 5.5%.
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    Well, as much as I hate to defend the Bills, I have to admit that they had an awsome O-Line last year, lets not forget that this team was pretty one-dimensional on Offense, opposing D's were able to pin their ears back and rush the QB without much fear of the running game.

    Of course this will lead to an inflated sack total. (It makes the numbers put up by miami's O-Line in the 80's and early 90's all that much more impressive as they faced similar problems)

    I will say this much though, I do honestly believe that Miami had a slightly better run blocking unit last year than Buffalo, but Buffalos O-Line did an incredable job against the relentless pass rushes they faced last year. (Buffalo opponents blitzed more often than any other team in the NFL last season except for Pittsburgh)

    Rushing = Slight Miami Edge
    Passing = Solid Buffalo edge
    Overall = very slight edge to the bills (thank god our RB is so much better than theirs. )
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    but one advantage you guys had, was experience to make good line calls (sometimes if we faced "weird" looking blitzes we got real confused like vs NE) and excellent blocking schemes. I think Norv Turners run-blocking schemes were far superior to ours (hopefully we are working on that, our new OL coach, Pat Ruel, should def help there). We relied too much on athleticism rather than technique or schemes. (btw they are still good even if they're stolen... )


    (you use schemes VERY similar to what Dickenson ran behind....)
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