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"Protecting the QB is more than just sack and hit totals."

I saw a really good article over at NFL.com, thought I would share it.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81e981a6/article/drafts-passrush-talent-further-emphasizes-need-to-protect-qb?module=HP_spotlight

Elliot Harrison has this to say about the Lions pass offense.

"The Lions averaged a measly 6.3 yards per attempt, which ranked 29th in the NFL. What does that signify? Well, it means Stafford, Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton were completing a bunch of five-yard slants and none-yard outs, plays in which the offensive linemen didn't have to hold their blocks for very long."

"So how did Jim Schwartz's offense fare when it did take shots down the field? Not good."

"Detroit was 30th on deep throws (38.8 passer rating in 50 attempts), passes over 20 yards through the air, and had difficulty developing a vertical attack, throwing three touchdowns to seven interceptions on such plays. A big reason for the failure to throw deep was because the line couldn't hold its blocks long enough for the plays to develop. In fact, Calvin Johnson averaged the lowest yards per catch of his career last season (14.5)."

Now some of the reasons for the lack of deep passes may be due to the lack of strength in Shaun Hill's arm, and the fact Stafford only played one full game. But still the stats are there. Our Quarterbacks do not have enough time to throw the ball, even if they are not getting sacked or hit as much, this still can cause a lack of production from the offense.

Plus we know how important the blind side is. We all know if Stafford takes another hit from a Julius Peppers type player and his shoulder goes pop once again, we will consider him a bust.

Now I am not saying that we have to draft a LT or even a O-lineman in the first or even second round, but I will say that I am certainly not opposed to it in the slightest. Especially with all the talented DE's coming into the league this year. A projected 9 DE's are going to be taken in the 1st round alone.

So I shall just put a poll up to see how you view the situation.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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