In general, I agree; we do need improvement on the OL. However, I think the type of O makes a difference in OL performance. When he D is off balance and not sure where to commit, blocking gets a lot easier. We saw this all through Paul's tenure. Even when the OL talent was only so-so, Tech still rushed for massive amounts of yards. The reason was that the D was always back on their heels, unable to predict where the ball was going to go and subject to blocking angles that made their life a lot harder.I didn’t watch the whole thing, but what stood out to me was the pocket Smith had to stand in.
Sure some of the concepts are nice, but that offense would look a lot different with our OL blocking for it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got plenty of beef with some of CDP’s play selection, but OL is still the biggest issue to our lack of consistency on O.
With great talent on D this doesn't cut much ice; any O can be stopped by that. However, our present O is too predictable, as many here have pointed out. More deception - there's precious little now - would make the OL look a lot better, imho.
And, of course, having a D that can stop people would certainly help.