Detroit Lions offensive line woes and future fixes
The Detroit Lions tackles had a rough outing in Week One but are looking to bounce back. This week we’ll take a look at some short and long term fixes.
If you’ve been a fan of the Detroit Lions for almost any amount of time, Sunday didn’t surprise you. One aspect of the game that stuck out was the poor offensive line play by a couple of Lions in particular.
How can the Lions address the needs that presented themselves going forward, because we obviously can’t go back in time and tell general manager Bob Quinn that his quarterback would face more pressure than any quarterback in the NFL in Week 1?
The Arizona Cardinals found a way to tie the game in the fourth quarter after leading 24-6. The defense seemed to lose its sense of urgency and started playing to not lose, which as we all know is the actual path to losing. The offense passing the ball looked good on some drives but was inconsistent.
If you go back and re-watch the game at the overall blocking for the team was a mixed bag, punctuated with some penalties and lack of ability to move the ball on the ground. Taylor Decker was guilty of four penalties, not to mention that he gave up seven pressures and 2.0 sacks. Maybe he was having a bad day, reports say that he is dealing with an unspecified back injury but his right tackle counterpart, Rick Wagner, gave up just as many pressures, too.
The question we have at Kick In the Crotch Weekly is, “Why did Bob Quinn do almost nothing to improve the line this past offseason?” Assuming that Decker and Wagner recover, it does highlight a deficiency of the roster.