They were right. All of them the talking heads on ESPN the much more respected NFL network I think they had it right. Jamie Dukes, Marshall Faulk you name them all had a viable point that alot of Lions fans failed or refused to see. Our Offensive line is a joke! Not even like a Lewis Black damn that was funny joke. More like a Dennis Miller your iritating shut up joke. I am now giving Matthew Stafford all the credit for his lack of sacks early this year because he was getting rid of the ball. Taking alot of hits doing it as well. Factor in Backus and company getting owned by Jared Allen and you name them theres a few theorys I had that seem to be becoming fact every sunday.
For one Staffords inconsitency increases every week and the offensive line seems to be doing more than there share to help. We were led to belive by some that this O line was built for the passing game but it seems the more passing we do the worse they get at it. I have tried for many years to support Gosder in his growth because I do beilive he has the attitude and power to be a mean offensive lineman. For me to keep supporting him I have to start seeing something this year. Guys like Corey Hilliard aren't suppose to beat out a 1st round pick but he's damn close to it at this point. Dom has been around forever and he's the leader of the line. Coach Schwartz said not long ago that Dom was one of the best he's ever seen at reading defense and making changes to coverage. That maybe true but I think alot of fans would agree that his abillity to actually play the postion is falling off quickly. Rob Sims well Rob is the only guy on the O line I don't have anything negative to say about right now. He's strong, reliable and smart I wish we had 4 more of him. Jeff Backus a pro bowl left tackle I'm not even sure he's a starting left tackle anymore. Between his age and the lack of consitent play has showin me that 76 is who he has always been. A slightly above average tackle who has a tendency to make mistakes at bad times. How #9 can feel safe with him at his backside is a mystery to me. I thought adding a quality gaurd would really turn his career around it only improved his game a little. His contract is running up and he's not any younger I will be the first guy on the left tackle bus this next off season.
I feel like I am forgetting someone. Jason Fox is hurt so it's not him. I got Gosder,Dom,Backus even Sims was mentioned. Who is it oh I know....PETERMAN!! Stephen Peterman has become to me like Newman is to Jerry Seinfeld. Irritating and you constantly feel like he's out to screw you. On the entire roster I honestly feel Peterman is the worse starter on the team. He can't run block to save his life, To be kind his pass blocking is suspect but what kills me the most is the penaltys. I am tired of hearing Petermans not so bad, especially when he's healthy. He is healthy now and still blowing it. Worst part is finding a quality right gaurd isn't to difficult I bet 23 teams have a guy on the bench close to or better than Peterman. He has to go! For everything I have said ( which yes is ALL opinon) not one man on this line is a pure run blocker something I feel we despretley need. Say what you want about Best having big runs here and there when it comes to the power running game these guys cannot do the job. The attempts to power the ball in the redzone is embrassing and Leshoure alone was never gonna fix that.
We are a 5-1 team and I am ecstatic about that. Schwartz always says we can play better. We can be a better team. Once we build a quality offensive line there will be no stopping us. Until we add 2 or 3 young starting guys up front we are only is good as Matthew Stafford. Stafford is only as good as his O line will let him be. I'm not much for rants as you guys probably know. I for one am done overlooking this mess upfront. Mayhew deserves all the credit he gets for helping build the best defensive line in the NFL today! When it comes to offense in the trenches we are getting spanked like an 19 year old in her first adult film. It won't be fixed this year but 2012 is going to have to be the year we adress this problem. There isn't much of a choice at this point. It's the weakness of the Lions and it sticks out like plumbers crack. It's just disgusting to see but it won't go away.
Rant complete, I'm sure there is plenty of room for jumping on me. Before you do that remember last year was last year and stats are sometimes the worst possible way to judge an offensive line. Sacks only count when the QB has the ball. Late hits and hits while and after release don't count. As always GO LIONS!