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  1. Offensive linemen generally don't get a lot of love when they're doing right, but they sure do catch it when they're messing up. So, I wanted to take a look a play stood out to me. Now I have not been in love with the way this offensive line has played this year, and it's been a little bit of everyone who has taken turns being the problem. But they were Gods in pass protection Monday night... (not so much the run game), but everything in pass pro was on point. They were picking up pressures, passing off stunts, the whole deal. I want to take a look at this play from the 1st quarter, namely Ryan Schraeder. He drew a monster of an assignment with the great Michael Bennett. It's 3rd and I believe 7. We're in the redzone trying to keep it alive. Seattle is in man coverage. They bring 5, which ultimately winds up being 6 as Wright green dogs. But we'll get to that later. Let's look at my man, Schraeder. They know pressure is coming. So Ryan has to be aware of Clarke in front of him, while not losing Bennett. This is a tough align when an end is kicked out this far that's your guy and you've got someone right in front of you. This is where d-line coaches get all kinds of creative running all manner of twists and stunts. At the snap you see Ryan instantly kick back into his kick-step, get his eyes on Bennett, while simultaneously extending that left arm to feel for Clarke just in case there is a game being run right there. This is beautiful stuff. Wes has Clarke. No game being run, so Bennett is all Ryan's Now this is the key moment in pass protection and it is a battle that goes on a hundred times a game... this moment right here before contact. As an offensive tackle, you spend the entire week in the film room and on the practice field studying the guy(s) that are going to be rushing. You try to clean everything from what move he does when his stance looks like this. If his back leg is a little tighter, does he have a tendency to use a spin? If he scratches his nuts before the play, does he have a tendency to use another move... anything. You're looking for anything, because until you get hands on him, any part of a pass rushers repetoire from speed rush, to bull rush, to club, swim, rip, etc. is on the table. Usually the battle comes down to who gets their hands on who first. If a defensive lineman can engage you and close distance, or get a punch to the chest and so the tackle can't get hands on him, or slap the tackles hands away, then he can control the play. This right here is a pretty sight. I happens quick in the gif I'm about to post, but Schrader shot his hands into Bennett's chest. For a pass rusher, this last place you want a tackle to get you at because he can just sit down, keep those long arms extended and move you. And here it is in motion. Mighta got a little handsy to the face, but ehh, so what. No flag, no foul, but just a really good looking play. He kicked out wide to get him at the snap, but stayed balanced and got that good punch right to the chest. Good football here.
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