When it comes to a quarterback getting sacked, everyone first points the finger to the Oline. And why wouldnt you? On tape until the ball is released from the QB's hand you don't see anything but the Oline and blocking. However i truly believe a lot of the fans who blame soley the Oline, are forgetting that the our recivers are equaly to blame for many of the sacks Sam took last year. Im not even talking about "coverage sacks" which is also the cause of some of the sacks Sam took. In the 1st game of the season(vs PHI), our WR's inability to get seperation and catch balls led to the complete diminishment of what seemed to would be our stongest offensive scheme, the no huddle offense. If our WR's cant get enough separation or just catch the ball to make even a 5 yard gain this is not the O-lines fault, this inability to get the job done puts a instant halt on any momentum that is needed to keep the defense off their heels, and continue the drive. We saw how effective the no huddle was in that first game when done properly, then never saw it again in the season. This inability of the receivers caused Sam to lose faith in them, thus causing him to hang on to the ball always looking for better options( options that never showed up), and then eventually being sacked. This is when you start to get coverage sacks. When the WR's cant do what is asked of them, the O-line has to pick up the slack as the team starts becoming one dimensional. How can a entire Offensive line gain any confidence and cohesion when they know every passing play they need to protect Bradford for longer than they are expected, and still cant move the chains. It doesn't matter how good an O-line is, they cant protect forever, and no one is ignorant enough to think that they should. And if so called play-makers cannot put points on the board or show any type of improvement in continuing drives, then why would you expect anything less than the breakdown of an offensive line, for they are getting no type adulation(mentally or physically) that their efforts are worth a damn. A little confidence can go along way in the improvement and cohesiveness of offensive line play. Im not saying for a minute that our O line doesn't need improvement or help, and im not saying that a lot of the sacks that Bradford had were not due to the O line. But by writing this i am only pointing out how the breakdown of our offense and the downfall of Sam's play is not directly related to the O line. I do however would like those who don't believe our WR core needs more improvement than other positions right now(namely O-line), to think about the two part game among play-makers and trench town heroes and how both positions need to compliment each other to be successful. And which just might be more important to the improvement and confidence building of this offense in terms of rewarding efforts, scoring points, moving the chains, and even eventually winning games.
I've been hearing a lot lately the argument about positions and what is a bigger need. One of the biggest now developing is the Blackmon vs DeCastro debate(WR vs O line). I would not be upset if either of these players were taken, however that being said, i think our immediate need in terms of position will inevitably lead us to select Blackmon. What im writing today i hope those in the midst of this argument take in mind to why we should improve of receivers(offensive play-makers) over other positions right now.
Thanks for Reading(sorry about run on sentences, always have been my weakness in writing)
For those wondering i have seen the youtube video "in defense of Sam Bradford" and would like to say it doesn't fairly portray the failures of the play-makers leading up to and after those sacks. Also doesn't take in to consideration of how well defenses played against us once they knew how one dimension we were, and how easy it was to trump our efforts from that point on. For those of you who think this video diminishes my argument, i would urge you to look at the bigger picture.