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Postby dabearsaregreat » Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:15 pm

After seeing Adrian Peterson have a monster year behind the best offensive line in football, I'm convinced that for this year I need to have a better understanding of the teams that have good offensive lines. This could greatly affect my draft strategy because I want to draft running backs that are in the best situation possible. Last year I drafted Frank Gore and the combination of no passing game and a mediocre offensive line killed his numbers in the long run.

I'm not sure if this has been discussed before but I think it would be nice to have a thread that ranks some of the best and worst offensive lines in football that takes free agent signings and acquisitions into account. For example, which teams have greatly improved their offensive lines from last year?????

Which running backs are in good situations based SOLELY on offensive line and passing game? I'm not so much worried about the talent of the back but am more interested in ranking the offensive lines for next season. I'd love to hear any insight from fans of any team regarding offensive lines.
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Re: ***Best offensive line situations for running backs***

Postby dream_017 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:03 pm

2008 Offensive Line rankings

Top 10:
1 - New England
2 - Green Bay
3 - Dallas
4 - New Orleans
5 - Cleveland
6 - Indianapolis
7 - Jacksonville
8 - Philadelphia
9 - Minnesota
10 - San Diego
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Re: ***Best offensive line situations for running backs***

Postby treat24 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:06 pm

dream_017 wrote:2008 Offensive Line rankings

Top 10:
1 - New England
2 - Green Bay
3 - Dallas
4 - New Orleans
5 - Cleveland
6 - Indianapolis
7 - Jacksonville
8 - Philadelphia
9 - Minnesota
10 - San Diego


I laughed hysterically at this in the Vikings blurb... It's not THAT funny... but man, I wonder if John Madden helped write this article:

With better play at the quarterback position, they might be able to put up better numbers in the passing game.


:-b :-b
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Re: ***Best offensive line situations for running backs***

Postby BlueBandit24 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:46 pm

treat24 wrote:
I laughed hysterically at this in the Vikings blurb... It's not THAT funny... but man, I wonder if John Madden helped write this article:

With better play at the quarterback position, they might be able to put up better numbers in the passing game.


:-b :-b


That's awesome. :-b

I can't disagree with the Vikings at 9th. I hear a lot of people dub them the best O-Line in the league but that is vastly overrating them IMO. Good against the run but they have weaknesses as pass protectors.
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Re: ***Best offensive line situations for running backs***

Postby dabearsaregreat » Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:47 pm

Awesome, thats exactly what I was looking for. But one question.... why is Minnesota only ranked 9th I thought they had the best O-line in the league last year?? Or am I missing something? Also how were those rankings compiled?
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Re: ***Best offensive line situations for running backs***

Postby treat24 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:14 pm

dabearsaregreat wrote:Awesome, thats exactly what I was looking for. But one question.... why is Minnesota only ranked 9th I thought they had the best O-line in the league last year?? Or am I missing something? Also how were those rankings compiled?


Best o-line for running, I can get behind. McKinnie can't pass protect to save his life. Our right side isn't supurb either. Like my fellow Vikes fan said, "Good against the run but they have weaknesses as pass protectors."
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Postby skibrett15 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:27 pm

Likewise, the Packers have a great pass protecting line and a mediocre run blocking group.
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Re: ***Best offensive line situations for running backs***

Postby Crackajg » Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:33 pm

And the Patriots o-line is good, but not against the Giants in the Super Bowl.
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Re: ***Best offensive line situations for running backs***

Postby JasonSeahorn » Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:40 pm

Crackajg wrote:And the Patriots o-line is good, but not against the Giants in the Super Bowl.


I hope the Patriots learn a lesson from that and don't try to tire themselves out and set offensive records again.
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Re: ***Best offensive line situations for running backs***

Postby deerayfan072 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 4:03 pm

I think the Bucs O-Line will be top 10 this season

Faine is a huge boost to the Center position, Joeseph and Trueblood enter their 3rd season, and Sears is only going to get better in his second season. They will open holes, it will be up to Gruden to call run plays.
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