I am not ready to bail on the o-line yet. They played very well in pass protection. 3 sacks were clearly because of the style of Ben's play. As for the running game, Titans have an excellent run D. Also, when the holes were there Parker did not hit them. He was tippy-toeing his way through. I thought Mendy did a better job even though he was pretty weak. Let's get through 4 games before we determine wheter or not the o-line stinks. I thought Starks did a great job on Vanden Bosch. The issue was James Jones was shooting the gap between Hartwig and Kemo/Essex. They did not seem to adjust to that particular stunt, but otherwise did well picking up the blitzes.
Yeah, the OL was fine after some early yips, but notice the TTs never rushed more than 4. Just wait until we play the Ratties, e.g. I'm not completely sold on these guys as anything more than adequate pass blockers, and even then it looked like the TTs changed their rush schemes in the 2H, to their detriment.
Bad, bad things with PB assignments early on. Starks had to compensate for Kemo being out of position, had a shot at any one of several rushers, whiffed on all. Essex was just a fucking pussy early on. Thank goodness we extended Hartwig, who just got tooled a couple of times. Colon may have been the best of the bunch, surprisingly, and the illegal formation calls weren't on him, but rather the TTs... Odd.
The rush blocking was, predictable, like trying to find daylight in a wall of shit. Yeah, couple of times Parker coulda woulda shoulda bounced outside but stuck to the inside. As noted by myself, his speed is great but vision not so. Mendenhall grunted out some good short yardage after getting hit, so Arians promptly yanked him. Dumb fuck. The one miscommunication where he ran into Ben, he still got a yard, but Arians can't see that as a tween the tackles guy vs. the TTs, RM was superior to FWP. That's on BA. Moore was the back who played well against the TTs both games, and the reason is simple. FWP comes in, it's a running play. RM, ditto. MM, could be a pass option. We just don't throw to FWP or RM, which is a shame because RM is actually decent, though not as good as MM. Still, need to set the subterfuge, which BA cannot comprehend. Also uses TEs in as 3rd down blockers rather than the HBs, which, hey, they're probably superior blockers, but again, it's giving the hand away every damned time.
Basically, we telegraph our run plays. The times FWP was in as decoy on second downs, I and every fucking player on the field knew we were throwing it. There's just no excuse for not mixing it up.
Essex and Kemo had better watch their backs. Foster.