Offensive Line Value Continues to Evolve in Pass-Happy NFL

July 7, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL is an ever-growing colossus constantly evolving to suit the needs of its owners, players and fans. The most drastic changes over the last four decades occurred along the offensive line. The way the game is played today is not the same as it once was for the men in the trenches. 
Nuanced changes and the overall direction of the game are trending toward different values being placed on the individual pieces among the team's starting five. This has been the case since the start of the free-agency era, but where the money is being spent is different today than before.
Traditional thinking became outdated as the league trended toward pass-first offenses. 
Left tackle developed into a premium position and a cornerstone piece to a franchise over 30 years ago as a response to former New York Giants linebacker and Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor's dominance. However, adequate right tackles and interior blockers are more important than ever due to the amount of str...

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