Offensive Line not Run-Blocking Well Either : Packers Insider

Offensive Line not Run-Blocking Well Either

September 23, 2009 by  
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By Brian Murphy, PackersInsider.com
September 23rd, 2009

The whole world is aware of the leaks on the O-Line in terms of protecting franchise QB and team-leader Aaron Rodgers. But ask Ryan Grant what he’s been seeing on running plays, and he’ll tell you “A whole lotta LBers and Defensive Linemen.”

Is it the players, the zone blocking scheme, or the offensive line coach? If it’s the players, then is it Ted Thompson’s mis-evaluations that’s the source? Afterall, he’s assembled an all-white offensive line, none of which were first round talents to begin with. Coincidence or not, it’s an extreme rarity in today’s NFL.       

When he's been able to hang onto the football, HB Ryan Grant hasn't seen many holes so far this year

When he's been able to hang onto the football, HB Ryan Grant hasn't seen many holes so far this year

Pete Dougherty column: Running game isn’t in the zone
Four years, four bad starts for the Green Bay Packers’ run game. This must be galling for coach Mike McCarthy, who seemed to have everything in place to start the 2009 season with an explosive and relatively balanced offense.

After all, the Packers are in their fourth season in his zone-blocking run scheme. Four of his starting offensive linemen are in at least their third year, and the other, right guard Josh Sitton, is in his second. Halfback Ryan Grant is healthy and practiced all offseason. All the techniques and reads should be ingrained in the principals.

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