Coach Ken Whisenhunt was asked about the offensive line, and perhaps if — when things go bad — they are overly criticized.
“It’s hard to evaluate linemen on their game based on how they individually played or how the group played,” Whisenhunt said. “It seems to be they are evaluated based on your team’s statistics, whether it’s sacks given up or how much you rush for or those kinds of things. Sometimes it may not be their fault.
“I don’t think there is any question we need to be more consistent at the position. I think we showed we improved last season at the position.”
The offensive line is always an interesting topic. Obviously, they aren’t noticed when things go right and they are when things aren’t right. And I have always subscribed to the idea that, given all the moving parts on an offense (or defense, for that matter), it’s so hard to know exactly what went wrong on a given play. Did Kurt Warner get sacked because the line missed a block? Or did he hold it too long? Or did he hold it long because the receiver messed up his assignment?
Like Whisenhunt said, the line needs more consistency. It goes without saying that Mike Gandy and Levi Brown probably won’t name the Colts’ game as one of their all-timers, but there were bumpy spots last year too. The next two weeks, against OK but not great pass-rushing teams in the Texans and Seahawks, will show a lot. And the line (as well as the whole team) will need to be playing at a high level by Oct. 25, when the nation sees the Cardinals on “Sunday Night Football” again in New York against another great pass-rushing team in the Giants.
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