So here I am, feeling pretty much the way I did after the Philly game. I'd like to say that I believe the O-Line is trying, but I can't.
So is there an undercurrent of O-Line cancer on top of the (more or less expected) struggles? What few O-Linemen we expected to be reliable as starters are gone, except for Waters, who's doing his part to make sure that if LJ should get a decent run, that it will be called back for the hold.
You could say KC's just snakebitten up front, or you could just as easily (and defensibly) say that Haley's style isn't working at all with the big men, starting with his antagonizing the (supposedly) best lineman he had, on their first meeting.
Running is great, but it's not what OLs want to have a to do an excessive amount of, and it can be argued that, at the size these guys are expected to play, that it just isn't smart to run those big guys too much. You shouldn't break 'em down in the name of buildin' 'em up. A rash of injuries has taken out the 3 remaining starters from last year.
There's also a psychological aspect to it that I've been pooh-pooh-ing. callmesir put his finger on this (in offensive manner, to some) earlier in the season. The fact is that the big men have a totally different psychology than us small, feisty guys. To callmesir's eye, the first impression is of an arrogant guy, who never played organized football, a martinet who's done nothing to earn the respect of the big men in the trenches, in particular.
A big guy is used to eatin' shit from us small, feisty guys, either bein' teased or disrespected, in some way, shape or form, growin' up. Can't catch the little bastards in space, and would be a bully if they hurt the little guy, assuming they could corner 'em. The one thing a big man can do is refuse to do what the little guy wants 'em to do. In the NFL, I can easily see this translated into matador blocking and penalties.
I'm not saying this is the case, but "losing your big men" is totally in-line with the first impressions by guys like callmesir and the little hints we get, here and there, of a lack of respect flowing in both directions between the coach and the guys in the trenches.