The Importance of the Offensive Line

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I believe that the heart of the Cardinals offensive woes this year is not Kevin Kolb’s inability to pass effectively (he has a cannon for an arm and generally can throw with pinpoint accuracy with enough time).  Instead, it’s a very weak offensive that has failed to protect the quarterback adequately in almost every game played so far.

Do you wonder why the Bills are playing so well, and Ryan Fitzpatrick is having such a good year?  You don’t have to look any further than the Bills offensive line, which has given up only nine sacks in the first half of the season.

First priority in the off season is for the Cardinals to draft a couple of stellar offensive linemen, and sign a free agent offensive lineman.  It’s time to start from scratch and build something new.  Russ Grimm may have been terrific on the offensive line while he was a Redskin player, but he certainly hasn’t built any confidence in the current crop of offensive linemen on the Cardinals roster.  Perhaps it’s time for him to go, too.

I’ve been waiting for the Cardinals offensive line to gel; instead, it has gotten worse as the season has progressed.

And unfortunately I don’t think it will be very pretty when the Cardinals face defensively minded teams like the 49ers, Cowboys, and Bengals in the second half of the season.

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  • Leeskicitizen

    I’m glad you wrote this article. I’m not placing myself in any comparison with you, but I’ve been posting these same thoughts for three years, and especially at the end of the last season before the lockout ended. I implored the Cardinals organization (through their website blogs, the AZCENTAL.com articles and blogs, and through the Bleacher Report blogs that the number one priority for the Cardinals should be to dedicate themselves to a quality offensive line and make themselves a destination point for quality offensive linemen. I’ve asked Michael Bidwill to take charge and fire Russ Grimm, the class individual he is, because coach Wizenhut won’t.

    We could win with John Skelton if our offensive line were effective, but we now have two rookie quarterbacks who need an o-line to develop properly.

  • Leeskicitizen

    I’m glad you wrote this article. I’m not placing myself in any comparison with you, but I’ve been posting these same thoughts for three years, and especially at the end of the last season before the lockout ended. I implored the Cardinals organization (through their website blogs, the AZCENTAL.com articles and blogs, and through the Bleacher Report blogs that the number one priority for the Cardinals should be to dedicate themselves to a quality offensive line and make themselves a destination point for quality offensive linemen. I’ve asked Michael Bidwill to take charge and fire Russ Grimm, the class individual he is, because coach Wizenhut won’t.

    We could win with John Skelton if our offensive line were effective, but we now have two rookie quarterbacks who need an o-line to develop properly.