The last few weeks there was light talk about how the offensive line was starting to get a little bit of traction. It was being said players such as Liam Eichenberg and Austin Jackson were beginning to look comfortable and were playing better football. There were even stats thrown out there showing it.
I’ll even admit, watching the Jets and Giants’ games, Eichenberg and Jackson played better. But I’ll also say that the bar was so low that it was impossible to not clear it. The bar that those players had to get over was underneath the ground they stand on. Against the Saints, it looked like they put the bar firmly back under their feet because that offensive line was bad.
Say what you want about Tua, but that guy has to make stuff happen, regularly, due to his offensive line instantly getting beat. If there was a word that means faster than instant, I would use it.
We saw so many plays where Eichenberg, Jackson and how can we forget Jesse Davis not lay a finger on a guy only a foot away from them and Tua having to immediately see it and do something than what the play was designed for.
You folks like stats so here’s one.
Just to give you some perspective, here is where Tua ranks in getting sacked. Quite the oxymoron if you ask me.
I don’t know how you can fully evaluate a quarterback when this is what he has to work with. You could say that if he plays this well with this cast of flunkies blocking for him, imagine what he can do if had competent guys doing it?
To put a bow on it, the offensive line has to play better if real winning is the goal. I don’t expect them to play much better especially when Jesse Davis, the worst in the bunch, keeps getting trotted out there. Expect the offseason to be the spot where this unit gets addressed. Until then, lookout.