diamondbull424 Posted November 19, 2022 Share Posted November 19, 2022 21 hours ago, Yin-Yang said: OL still helps a lot. Big difference when you’re scrambling with one man bearing down on you vs three. Or if your tackles are more or less holding their ground in pass protection vs getting walked back into the QB. Or defenders penetrating up the middle vs not. If the defense is able to control the LOS it makes a world’s difference. Lamar’s got a really good feel for that kind of stuff, which IMO is what really separates him from Fields as far as scrambling goes. That, and his superior agility (which I believe is harder to defend than a more physical but less agile QB). It sounds like you’re arguing the OL is going to help increased the QBs efficiency as a scrambler? Which while I think it’s nuanced, I don’t necessarily disagree and am more inclined to agree with you. However if the OL is good, is it logical to assume the QB is going to run more or less? Probably less as he’s got more time to find open WRs, correct. Thus the inverse would be a bad OL means the QB is going to be more likely to take off to pickup yards. Which is going to increase the QB volume of rushing yards… which has been the argument for Fields in comparison to Lamar vs a comparison of actual skill set, athleticism, and tools as runners of the football. In terms of the nuance, from the perspective of an OL entirely imploding I agree, but if it’s just a standard below average to bad OL, I think an athletic QB if facing an unprepared rush, they can let the DL get upfield and then sneak behind them for huge gains. So while I think the quality of second level blocks matter in all instances, the quality of the OL blocks matter only in as far as the entirety of the interior doesn’t collapse and that they just keep the DL from crowding the LOS to make an early tackle on the scrambler. But I’d be interested in seeing stats that might give an affirmation in either direction. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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