Interesting article. Per usual, I have a beef. Pro Football Focus and Football Outsiders may break down situational tendencies based on opponent but they have no clue that not every week is created equal. You get a far different opponent based on what happened a week earlier. Oakland, as everyone remembers, was in a terrible situational spot when they faced us. On the other hand, the Titans had just been embarrassed at home by the Bears. That was a huge uptick spot for them, when they faced us on the road coming off a loss like that.
That type of thing will never change, frankly. Situational awareness is a necessity in Las Vegas because the edges are otherwise so slight. Sites like those two have no stake in the outcome so they can comfortably pretend it's the same uniform so therefore the same team as a week earlier, or later.
Jake Long is the dilemma. One of my pet themes is premier players eligible to rebound. However, in this case it's not a bargain. You're supposed to receive a bargain in situations like that. Instead, you're asked to assume he'll restore to former level and pay accordingly. Jake Long in those final handful of games was scary to watch, particularly in pass protection, dropping that left foot back while absolutely frightened he'd be beaten quickly to the outside.
Jerry has no pop, given his current frame. He'd need to reshape his body and really work on nastiness going forward. Right now he's a fairly athletic guy who can absorb. And eat.
One thing about the run blocking strength of the left side of our line...it fits nicely with Lamar Miller's tendencies. Miller prefers to carry the ball in his left hand and he's more natural running left and planting his left foot. I noted that early in his Canes career. His explosive runs are invariably on the left side. Late in 2011 the Canes fan base soured on him when he flopped in many short yardage runs to the right side of the formation.