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The OL is in a state of flux. Not everyone on it is playing well, there’s guys who are totally new. I imagine there is a lack of confidence right now regardless if Newhouse hasn’t been horrible and for stretches the pass protection has been OK.I don't exactly buy into the "extremely patchwork OL as far as talent goes.
I think Karras has some strengths that Andrews didn't. He is stronger and hold up better when faced with a man over his head. OTOH, he isn't as nimble as Andrews getting to the second level, so it probably is a factor in the run game, vs a 4-3. But in some ways its a wash.
Thuney and Mason are back, though Mason hasn't been as effective so far this year for some reason. And Cannon is playing very well and was back for the last 2 games. Only Newhouse is new and by all accounts hasn't been horrible
No I don't think the 5 man OL is the issue in the passing game. Not great Sunday, but not that bad either and not for the first 3 games. Izzo lack of power has hurt the run game as well as Devlins absence and the lack of any long term continuity on the OL thus far. Hopefully by playoff time that will be solved.
Regardless the point stands. Right now Brady and his receivers are being entirely relied on without a running game. He wasn’t making good throws himself but the entire operation is struggling.
Brady played well the first three games, and he had a stinker on Sunday. He has one or two every season. Everyone needs to play much better including the receivers. The running game is a big time concern right now (the run blocking and Sony, I think both deserve some blame for poor production).