Intelligence on the line
Mark Schlereth takes a look at a common misperception regarding offensive linemen and also discusses the importance of stability for an offensive line.
Unlike other positions, we know more than just our responsibility. For example, a running back is only responsible for hitting the hole that the linemen provide and running to daylight. Meanwhile, the lineman has to set up to stop the opposing rush, has to know the snap count, has to make sure that all blitzers are accounted for, has to know where the running back is going to hit the hole and what the running back's tendency is and finally has to know how aggressive to be, depending on the play call.
And there's more to think of when you're pass blocking! I don't know about you, but that doesn't sound like the work of a simpleton.
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