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    This is the third of our five part segment. This is the final breakdown on the offensive side of the ball. In our first one we focused on the backs, and the second one was wide receivers and tight ends. Last, but not least, we will break down the offensive line.


    SEAHAWKS

    Right Tackle – Breno Giacomini: The Seahawks have had their fair share of injuries at the offensive tackle position this year. Four different players played over 200 offensive snaps at the tackle spot for Seattle. This Sunday, for the Super Bowl, Breno Giacomini will be starting at right tackle for the Seahawks. This season Giacomini has played 268 pass blocking snaps, which is second most of tackles on the roster, and has allowed the second most sacks at four. He also had seven penalties. Injuries caused him to only play 677 total snaps for them.


    Left Tackle – Russell Okung: The Seahawks primary left tackle is Russell Okung, he will start in Super Bowl XLVIII. He missed eight games at the beginning of the season, and the offensive line struggled hard with him gone. He played only 225 pass blocking snaps this year, and allowed only two sacks. Okung is the second best offensive linemen and the roster, and it shows heavily when he isn’t out there. Plagued with an injury he played only 566 total snaps for them. He had eight offensive penalties.


    Right Guard – J.R. Sweezy: J.R. Sweezy has played the most pass blocking snaps of all the Seahawks offensive linemen. His 480 snaps are almost 100 more than any other linemen. Even while playing the most snaps he has allowed only one sack which is the fewest on the team. Also he had only five penalties. He led the offensive line with 1,108 snaps played.


    Left Guard – James Carpenter: James Carpenter has not had a good season at the left guard position this season. He played only 373 snaps and allowed four sacks. He has allowed 19 hurries, which is anything that is considered a missed block causing the quarterback to rush his throw. He also committed five penalties. He has a few minor injuries, but still played 812 snaps.


    Center – Max Unger: He is arguably the best offensive linemen on this roster. He has allowed three sacks this season, which is the second fewest among players on the roster who have played over 250 snaps. He played 389 pass blocking snaps. He, like most the other offensive linemen, struggled with injuries this year. He was second on the team with 903 total snaps, and had five penalties.


    BRONCOS

    Right Tackle – Orlando Franklin: Franklin improved drastically from the 2012 season. While he only allowed four sacks last year, which is still good, he cut that in half allowing only two sacks this year. He played 621 pass blocking snaps, and 1,269 total snaps, but he had 11 penalties.


    Left Tackle – Chris Clark: To start the 2013 season the Broncos had Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady. However, a Lis franc injury to his foot caused him to be placed on season ending injured reserve after only the second game. He was replaced by Chris Clark. Who was the worst offensive linemen for the Broncos allowing seven sacks off of 605 pass blocking snaps. Seven sacks allowed were the most by any Broncos player, and also committed nine penalties. He played 1,232 offensive snaps after replacing Ryan Clady.


    Right Guard – Louis Vasquez: Vasquez flew under the radar in 2013. He was arguably the best free agent signing for the Broncos in the past offseason. He was a Pro Bowler and one of two guards to make the All-Pro NFL team. He played 643 pass blocking plays, and was one of only two guards, who played more than 500 snaps, to not allow a single sack all season, and he only committed three penalties. He played almost every offensive snap, 1,387, for the team. He even showed versatility when Orland Franklin got hurt and ...FULL BREAKDOWN HERE
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    what about Ramirez Brandon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGap View Post
    what about Ramirez Brandon?
    Is Max Unger related to Felix?

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    Actually, prior to the season, we WEREN'T under the assumption we'd have Koppen back: Koppen was retired and Walton healthy, so we ASSUME Walton would regain his old starting spot. Sadly, Walton went down in camp, so we coaxed Koppen out of retirement—for about a week; then an ACL tear made his retirement final. Ramirez has played C well enough to stun me and many others, given how awful he was filling in for Kuper at RG last year (so bad that—even when the plate in his foot twisted free—Kuper started the final month and throughout a DOT playoff.)

    Much as with the WR/TE comparison, comparing OL to OL reveals little: As opposing QBs often note when compared, they never actually face EACH OTHER. Our receiving corps is better and broader than Seattles, but their secondary better and broader than ours, so our advantage (if any) isn't as one-sided as it seems. Likewise, our offensive line is better, but so is their pass rush.

    Yet lines do more than pass protect; both front sevens allow just 3.9 yds/rush, and, if our RBs 4.1 yds/att (20th) is nothing special, Seattles 4.3 (12th) is surprisingly average.

    Also, consider a copy editor; if you don't mind one living in Norway, you can even give me a call.
    Oh, valid point. I thought you meant all starters, you should take the time to be more descriptive, don't be shy. Jaded

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    Quote Originally Posted by WTE View Post
    Is Max Unger related to Felix?
    yeah. hahahhahahah funny WTE. Especially the 15th time around.

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    Beadles is prob the 'weakest' link going into this game if one had to be picked methinks...

    ...but the unit continues to play at an extremely high level overall, and I think the job they've done remains of the most underrated elements of this years success...

    ...NO reason to be concerned with Seattle's DL if they just keep takin' care of business like they have...

    ...again, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broncolingus View Post
    Beadles is prob the 'weakest' link going into this game if one had to be picked methinks...

    ...but the unit continues to play at an extremely high level overall, and I think the job they've done remains of the most underrated elements of this years success...

    ...NO reason to be concerned with Seattle's DL if they just keep takin' care of business like they have...

    ...again, IMO.
    Beadles is the weakest link in RUN blocking. He pulls well, and lays out a lot of much smaller guys downfield when he does, but at the line he's often pushed back and rarely gets surge. I've seen a looot of Broncos RBs tackled in the backfield, or forced to make a couple guys miss before they even reached the line, because of Beadles sliding black or otherwise blowing a block.

    Yet in PASS protection, Clark's the weakest link. He'd good against bull rushers, but quick speedy edge rushers (and MetLife has FieldTurf, not grass) often get around him. He had a few holding penalties in the AFCCG (one completely needless because Manning had already moved and was throwing,) a couple more holds the refs luckily missed and let his man grab Mannings off hand from behind on what would otherwise have been a third down TD instead of a FG. He also gave up strip-sacks in three straight games midseason, giving opponents two TDs and a safety.

    The weakest link theory works for chains because tension's even distributed: The weakest link MUST snap first, because they all get the same amount and the rest can endure what the weakest cannot. To a great extent that applies to offensive lines for the same reason; if four guys pancake their man and the fifth gets canned, the QB still goes down or the RB still gets tackled unless they can make that one guy miss. However, a front seven has the added advantage of being able to send extra guys at the weakest link, swinging an axe at the chains weakest link.

    I hope Beadles AND Clark are up to that this Sunday, and that we can compensate for their weaknesses a bit by having Beadles help Clark with Clemons and Avril on passes and Manning help Beadles with Mebane on runs. It'll help a lot if we can move the ball well, quickly and consistently enough that Avril can't shuttle in for Clemons while the refs are digging Moreno/Ball out of the pile after a 2 yd run brings up 3rd and 6. Yet if the Seahawks overload the left side, even doubleteams may not help us.

    I wish our left were as strong on runs AND passes as our center, let alone right; instead we must make do with a strong LT and agile LG, even though a strong LG and agile LT would be better.
    Oh, valid point. I thought you meant all starters, you should take the time to be more descriptive, don't be shy. Jaded

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    I'm expecting a big impact from RT Phil McCrevis.

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    I have decided that our keys to victory lie in the trenches on this side of the ball. if we lose that battle, we lose the war.

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