I started to right this as a reply to the "We need a running game" but it got a little to lengthy so I created a new thing
I am not a wanna be football coach but from what i can see it isn't our backs fault. Our o line doesn't get any push nor does it create any seems holes or really anywhere for the running backs to go. Best does have a propensity to bounce it outside too much but also he cuts it back a lot and that is pretty much all our running game is at this time. I know people say we need backs to "hit the hole" but what hole? Best's small stature doesn't allow him to do that so I would also like to see Keiland Williams more; but that is still an indictment on our run blocking. Basically it is saying o well our o-line can’t do anything so let’s just have them stand there while we have a big back run as fast as he can at the defense and try to stumble forward for a few yards. Sadly i think this is what we are going to have to do; just to have some balance. But in the future I think the o-line needs some major work:
LT: Jeff Backus: I'm not going to over react with the crap he put forth today especially on that last drive in regulation. He is a pretty good pass protector not great but not horrible. As for running meh he is ok. I would say he isn't the problem with the run game but he doesn't help much either. Eventually he will need to be replaced but that is WAYYYYYY easier said than done.
LG: Rob Sims ill keep it short he is good IMO the best o line man we have. Enough said
C: Dominic Raiola: You have to love this guy he is a hard worker a good leader and pretty smart..... But he is tiny (as much as 300 pound lineman go) He gets absolutely no push and when some NT way probably 100 pounds more than him the best he can do is keep them from blowing up the play. As much as I hate to say it I think we need to start looking for a better center; it inst our first priority but it is something that we need to start to look towards especially because he isn’t young anymore either.
RG: Stephan Peterman: UGH!! As I said earlier Raiola isn’t our top priority…. I think Peterman our top priority not only on the O line but probably the whole team (I think or DB’s are a lot better than people give them credit) Peterman is supposed to be that great run blocking guard…. I don’t see it. I see no push from his side. I’m not saying he is the worst guard in the league but I really think the combination of a small center and a below average guard is really killing our run game especially between the tackles. Although his superman impression was pretty funny looking our offensive line can’t have anymore stupid penalties like that. I think we should look very hard at Leonard Davis… This man is a giant and could really compensate for the small size of Raiola.
RT: I don’t know what to say…… I think Hilliard looks pretty good and Gosder is getting some very tough love (although maybe no love is there). I’m not really going to address this because in Schwartz I trust. I see talent in both of these guys and I think we will be ok. I don’t know if it is possible putting Cherilus in at guard where he can be that aggressive player I like. Just an idea I have no idea if it would work . Maybe Fox will get thrown into the mix as well.