Re: OL Blocking
I was absolutely trying my best to stay out of this discussion but I'm going to share a practical (football) point-of-view about our O-Lines's performance.
1. The 1st philosophy of a dominat offensive line is to reestablish the line of scrimmage. (i.e. moving immovable objects - by force) I have to be honest & admitt that, as a die hard Gamecock fan, I only care that we win. However, as a former player and student of the game I watch position battles & evaluate "how" we win. Our offensive line didn't create nearly enough push as their 50+ pound advantage should have allowed. I agree 1,000% with the poster that the plays are not being finished by our lineman(boys). That has to change.
Brandon Shell mentioned that the #1 piece of advice he's gotten from his uncle (Art Shell) was to finish plays. Our boys make initial contact & start looking around for the ball carriers.
2. The second philosophy of a dominant offensive line is to play THROUGH the whistle & sometimes that means a late whistle. When you see our ball carriers being ridden to the ground by 5 & 6 defenders & our offensive line is standing there watching. That's a problem because the whistle hasn't blown. Lunacy!!!!!!
3. In the old school - There is a huge pride in a concept called "3 yards in a cloud of dust". It ain't pretty or flashy but if an offensive line can generate enough push to advance the ball 3 to 4 yards a pop, then guess what, the chains keep moving because we're enforcing our will against the opponent.
4. Last, this type of philosophy may not be what our guys are being taught but I can assure you that it's the style of play that wins champinships. As a matter of fact, which types of teams have won the last 5? The zone read & inside zone only requires a lane to be opened in an instant. It's up to the H-Back to see the hole & hit it. My wish is that those plays become situational & we play hard nosed football on the offensive line. Yes, it takes a certain mentality but if you train up an athlete under be right philosophy, THEY WILL ADAPT.
I'm hopeful but we need to step it up on the O-Line
The Corner Has Been Turned ~ Go Gamecocks!