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Pulling OLs in the Pass Game

I've been reading Pulpit for a while now but it's my first time doing one of these. I'm hoping to start a discussion about the use of moving OLs in pass protection. In particular, if anyone paid to write these stories has time to compile data, I would be interested to see if these blocking schemes are beneficial because I have a strong feeling they aren't.

If anyone is confused by what I mean: In a run game, you often pull OLs to provide extra protection in the direction you're running. For example, if you're running off the LT, the RT and/or RG will often pull out from their blocking assignment and provide moving protection on the left side. All season long, the Pats have been using these types of schemes in their pass game. This is relatively unheard of, as far as I know. Because pass protection is about reacting to the direction of the blitz rather than dictating it (like on run), it's very dangerous to leave a spot on the OL unprotected like that.

It's been going on all season and I've heard almost no mention in the media until last night. Chris Colinsworth pointed out that the Pats are trying to make their pass scheme look like their run scheme, explaining the moving OLs. Bill, Josh and Dante love doing things unconventionally on offense, but is this really a good thing?

Brady's career sack% is 5.0. It's 6.7 this year. May not seem like a huge jump, but he hasn't been above 5.0 since 2004 and he's usually well below 5.0 in the past few years. Maybe it's not aging by Mankins and incompetence by Solder but funny blocking schemes that are killing the Pats. I don't know. Someone else have an opinion on this?

The views expressed in these FanPosts are not necessarily those of the writers or SBNation.

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