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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On paper, perhaps the offensive line has improved. We won't know for sure until they start playing real games in September. Even great individual players have a tough time forming into a unit. It's important to remember that the goal is to have a great unit...and not necessarily the greatest players at the individual positions.

As an example, the Redskins line of the 1980's, I don't think had any high draft picks except Mark May. They played perfectly together and won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks.


Completely different era. When was the last time a dominant OL carried a team to a super bowl despite having a revolving door at QB.
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...the Redskins line of the 1980's, I don't think had any high draft picks except Mark May. They played perfectly together and won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks.

Completely different era. When was the last time a dominant OL carried a team to a super bowl despite having a revolving door at QB.




their O-Line was known as "the Hogs" and attracted fans like these guys every game who would dress in womens' clothes and hats and have pig snouts. they were pretty fun guys, 100's of them.

gotta love the devoted fans.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Virginia Viking wrote:
On paper, perhaps the offensive line has improved. We won't know for sure until they start playing real games in September. Even great individual players have a tough time forming into a unit. It's important to remember that the goal is to have a great unit...and not necessarily the greatest players at the individual positions.

As an example, the Redskins line of the 1980's, I don't think had any high draft picks except Mark May. They played perfectly together and won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks.


Completely different era. When was the last time a dominant OL carried a team to a super bowl despite having a revolving door at QB.


I disagree with your premise. While offenses have changed focus, usually the Super Bowl winner has had the best offensive line play. My premise remains accurate. A dominant offensive line, that can open holes in the running game, and protect the quarterback, makes the whole offense MUCH better and can make mediocre quarterbacks Super Bowl Champions.
Dominating offensive lines translate into success in any era.
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Seattle and Denver have recently won Super Bowls without stellar OL play. Good enough, but those teams were carried by great defenses. I won't argue against the significance of the OL, I just don't think we're going to see a dominant OL being the catalyst for a super bowl winning team. Almost always comes down to having an elite QB or elite defense.
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Seattle and Denver have recently won Super Bowls without stellar OL play. Good enough, but those teams were carried by great defenses. I won't argue against the significance of the OL, I just don't think we're going to see a dominant OL being the catalyst for a super bowl winning team. Almost always comes down to having an elite QB or elite defense.


Totally agree.

I think that it still boils down to:
QB play
Strength of defense
Running game

The balance of strength in those areas is what's important for making a Superbowl run imo. Offensive line play informs the strength of the QB play and running game, however you still need skill in those areas for them to being strong points of your team.

Which is why I still believe that this team having a premier running game, if not a premier running back, is as important as improving the offensive line.
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vikingsrule wrote:
Seattle and Denver have recently won Super Bowls without stellar OL play. Good enough, but those teams were carried by great defenses. I won't argue against the significance of the OL, I just don't think we're going to see a dominant OL being the catalyst for a super bowl winning team. Almost always comes down to having an elite QB or elite defense.


Totally agree.

I think that it still boils down to:
QB play
Strength of defense
Running game

The balance of strength in those areas is what's important for making a Superbowl run imo. Offensive line play informs the strength of the QB play and running game, however you still need skill in those areas for them to being strong points of your team.

Which is why I still believe that this team having a premier running game, if not a premier running back, is as important as improving the offensive line.


NO running back in the league today is capable of taking over a game without a line in front of him playing as a unit. None! I am not saying that the Vikings will have a dominant line like the Hogs. What I am saying is that the line, to be effective, has to play as a unit. 5 7th round picks playing as a unit is more effective than 5 individual first round players who are not a unit.
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vike daddy wrote:
vikingsrule wrote:
Virginia Viking wrote:
...the Redskins line of the 1980's, I don't think had any high draft picks except Mark May. They played perfectly together and won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks.

Completely different era. When was the last time a dominant OL carried a team to a super bowl despite having a revolving door at QB.




their O-Line was known as "the Hogs" and attracted fans like these guys every game who would dress in womens' clothes and hats and have pig snouts. they were pretty fun guys, 100's of them.

gotta love the devoted fans.


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Dolmonite26 wrote:
vikingsrule wrote:
Seattle and Denver have recently won Super Bowls without stellar OL play. Good enough, but those teams were carried by great defenses. I won't argue against the significance of the OL, I just don't think we're going to see a dominant OL being the catalyst for a super bowl winning team. Almost always comes down to having an elite QB or elite defense.


Totally agree.

I think that it still boils down to:
QB play
Strength of defense
Running game

The balance of strength in those areas is what's important for making a Superbowl run imo. Offensive line play informs the strength of the QB play and running game, however you still need skill in those areas for them to being strong points of your team.

Which is why I still believe that this team having a premier running game, if not a premier running back, is as important as improving the offensive line.


A premier RB is nothing without a cohesive OL.

The key to winning is balance of all units, with no weaknesses that opponents can exploit. Also, winning the battle of field position and the net turnovers that impact field position.
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Mike Zimmer at Owners Meetings:

said he still hasn’t determined who to play at right guard. He said options include Jeremiah Sirles and having Nick Easton at center and Joe Berger on the right side.

on Reiff and Remmers: "I think we've improved at the two tackle spots... Both are smart guys. They play like veterans.''

said Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers are better run blockers than in pass protection. But says they're "adequate" in pass blocking.

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Mike Zimmer at Owners Meetings:

said Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers are better run blockers than in pass protection. But says they're "adequate" in pass blocking.[/i]


I believe that will be the theme. They want to get the run game going and figure that will help take pressure off of Bradford.
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gopherwrestler wrote:
Mike Zimmer at Owners Meetings:

said Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers are better run blockers than in pass protection. But says they're "adequate" in pass blocking.[/i]


I believe that will be the theme. They want to get the run game going and figure that will help take pressure off of Bradford.


It really does help out the offensive line if you can have the run game going.
You see less blitzes and it's easier to call out the defense.

Would make this offense work much better when you have a lot of 3 step drops to go along with this.
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