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What O-Line Problems?

Now that the draft is over and Scott Pioli hasn't drafted an OT, I thought I might answer all the "experts" out there who thought he would go OT in the first round. The answer? We don't have any problems on the O-line. Not anymore at least. Listed below are some stats on where exactly all the sacks last year came from. I've found a better site now and have updated the numbers to the end of season total.

Player

Sacks Allowed

Branden Albert

7

Sean Ryan

2

  Ryan O'Callaghan

8

Wade Smith

5

Larry Johnson

2

Mike Goff/Andy Alleman

6

Mike Cox

2

Rudy Niswanger

1

Brian Waters

1

 Jake O'Connell

1

Total

31

http://www.profootballfocus.com/by_player.php?tab=by_player&season=2009&page=4&surn=S&playerid=1393

Now let's take out the players that were cut and replace them with the player who was picked up in the offseason to replace them.

Player (replacement)

Sacks Allowed

Sean Ryan (none)

0

Branden Albert

7

Ryan O'Callaghan

8

Wade Smith (Jon Asamoah)

3

Larry Johnson (Thomas Jones)

0

Mike Goff/Andy Alleman (Ryan Lilja)

1

Mike Cox

1

Rudy Niswanger (Casey Wiegmann)

1

Brian Waters

1

Jake O'Connell

1

Total

23

Note: I replaced Wade Smith's stats with Asamoah's college total last season. The same with Thomas Jones but with last year's stats.

While most of these numbers came from Albert and O'Callaghan, they are young and started to show promising signs in the second half of the year. Pioli decided he'd see what Albert and O'Callaghan can do with a year's experience in the Zone Blocking Scheme. He then went to the next trouble spot, the RG position, replacing six sacks to one. The one being Ryan Lilja. He then replaced Wade Smith's 5 sacks with Jon Asamoah's 3.

On paper that's 7 fewer hits on Matt Cassel. But we could also do a lot better than that. Albert will improve and reduce his amount of sacks. So will O'Callaghan. This total could easily get as low as 15. Also considering Pioli didn't spend big to make these improvements says a lot about Pioli's expertise as a GM. Spending small but getting good reward.

This, with the improvement to the WR corps, we should see Cassel and the entire offence have a great year in 2010.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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