And I do mean quick. I just finished browsing through some stats to give myself some idea of how Oakland's offensive line performed in the three years prior to Cable's arrival, then compared those numbers to the stats during Cable's tenure as o-line coach in 2007 and o-line/head coach from '08 - '10, and, well, take a look for yourself:
|Year||Sacks Allowed||Total Rushing Yardage||Average Yards per Rushing Attempt|
|2004||30 (6th)||1,295 (32nd)||4.0 (21st)|
|2005||45 (24th)||1,369 (29th)||3.8 (23rd)|
|2006||72 (32nd)||1,519 (29th)||3.9 (22nd)|
|2007||41 (22nd)||2,086 (6th)||4.1 (11th)|
|2008||39 (24th)||1,987 (10th)||4.3 (11th)|
|2009||49 (30th)||1,701 (21st)||4.1 (23rd)|
|2010||44 (26th)||2,494 (2nd)||4.9 (2nd)|
The sack totals were still awful during Cable's tenure, although when you give up 72 sacks in one year even 40+ still looks like an improvement. The team's production in the run game fared much better, and aside from one down year in '09 stayed firmly rooted in the top third of the league.
Cable may never be the next Howard Mudd or Mike Munchak, but his o-lines in Oakland did some pretty good work. In fact, one of the biggest reasons for the o-line's success the last few seasons, Robert Gallery's transformation from terrible first-round bust tackle to pro bowl caliber guard, was Cable's idea. (To give you an idea of Gallery's impact at his new position, that down season in '09 was also the year Gallery missed ten games due to injury.) Honestly, I wonder now if the improved run game in '07 and '08 was due more to Cable's offensive line coaching than it was Greg Knapp's offensive playcalls.
Now, I'm not accounting for a lot of variables here. Sacks can be caused by the quarterback making a bad decision just as much as they can be caused by lapses in blocking, and running game totals are heavily affected by the quality of both the running backs and the offensive playcalls. But after spending a season watching what happens when talented RBs like Lynch and Forsett try to run behind a porous o-line, it's hard to underestimate what a solid, well-coached line can do for production in the running game.
Also, as of this writing current o-line coaches Pat Ruel and Art Valero are still employed by the Seahawks. That may change in the next day or two, but I would love to see Pat Ruel (who only joined the staff in September after Alex Gibbs' sudden retirement) stay with the team. Aside from being a Gibbs-style zone blocking proponent like Cable, Ruel is a successful, respected o-line coach with a resume stretching back to the '70s. Perhaps it's a bit much to hope for, but an offseason under the dual tutelage of Cable and Ruel could work wonders for Seattle's offensive line.
Y'know, assuming Schneider can scare up a couple of guards who won't die partway through the season. That would be nice.
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i was hoping for Wade Phillips to replace bradley :( now im hoping we snag a good college coachorsteal somebody away from another team. Maybe Carroll takes over offensive playcalling though? From what ive heard he played a larger roll closer to the end of the season and in the playoffs in calling offensive plays.
I remember how the Raider's O-Line stuck it to our D-Line this season. They ran the ball down our throat. Imagine how good Hassellbeck (or even Whitehurst) could be with a solid running game.
In fact, we won a couple of important games (against the Rams and the Saints) when we ran the ball pretty well. If we could have run the ball against Chicago (and if we could have actually caught the ball more often) we might still be playing this post season.
Let's not let that happen again eh?
The anticipation for next year is already gnawing away at my innards..., Can't wait for FA and the draft...
Anybody know offhand when FA starts?
@sluggo Free agency starts when the new CBA is signed.... sorry I cant be of more help but I have no idea what the progression on that is. We might be able to bring people in for visits and have "agreed" on deals but we couldnt sign them officially. That is probably more of a hope though than anything. Gives us time for Mankins, Asomougha and others lol
Also, I hope this is the only time I ever have reason to color a table's background with the Raiders' silver and black. I feel dirty now.