David Diehl is a former American football offensive lineman who played his entire career with the New York Giants of the National Football League.
Born: September 15, 1980 (age 36 years), Chicago, IL
Height: 6′ 5″
Weight: 304 lbs
Spouse: Nicole Diehl (m. 2006)
Education: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Brother Rice High School
When the coaches break down and grade what they see on video, they know who is and isn't doing his job. They also will have an idea of how to fix it.
When you have good depth, you can go to the bench. Sometimes you look at the bench and think the guys on the field are doing as well as can be expected.
Blocking rules should be as simple as possible. Offensive Linemen are usually above average intelligence of the whole team. If blocking rules are so complex that they get confused, they need to be revised.
When breaking down each play to grade the O-Line, it's still a question of looking at what each of the five did. When evaluating a play, it's necessary to watch it at least five times. EZ view is the best because it shows the splits.
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Ravens GM 2016 - Ravens are looking to trade down 4-8 spots
Menelik Watson is "firmly in the lead" for the Raiders' starting right tackle job.
Watson has been ahead of Austin Howard since training camp opened. He would have been the starter last year but Howard filled in after Watson tore his Achilles'. "I think it’s great to have Menelik back," said coach Jack Del Rio. "He brings a little temperament, a little athleticism to the position." Del Rio hasn't announced a starter yet but it's going to be Watson as long as he stays healthy.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 12:43:00 PMhttp://raiderswire.usatoday.com/2016...s-unavoidable/ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez says it’s up in the air if the Raiders will re-sign free agent OT Menelik Watson.
Watson has never put together a full season since getting drafted in 2013. He was the starting right tackle out of training camp but fell behind Austin Howard after returning from a calf injury in Week 9. Watson will draw interest from multiple teams if he’s not re-signed. He’s Rotoworld’s No. 5 free-agent tackle.
Feb 15 - 7:04 PM
By: Will Reeve Jr. | December 22, 2016 6:57 pm ET
In a necessary move, the Oakland Raiders are expected to bench right tackle Austin Howard in favor of Menelik Watson Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts.
Comcast California’s Scott Bair reported the team’s decision at 3 p.m. PT Thursday, to the surprise of few.
Watson had actually earned the starting right tackle job through training camp and preseason, only to see it taken from him due to lower extremity injuries.
As he was working his way back to form, Watson was used in jumbo packages recently where he posted Pro Football Focus grades over 30 points higher than Howard in the previous two games.
Howard is a six-year veteran who has been a starter in five of those seasons. In over 700 snaps this year, Howard was ranked 58th overall, and 61st in pass protection at the tackle position per PFF.
Tape shows a player whose feet are too slow to operate effectively at the tackle position, thus constantly got beat.
In Week 15 against the San Diego Chargers, the Raiders allowed a mere 10 pressures and one sack as a team. Howard alone gave up five of those pressures, as well as the sack.
These facts likely driving home the decision for Raiders coach Jack Del Rio.
Watson is more athletic, very strong and in almost 600 fewer snaps has posted a PFF grade in pass protection over 25 points higher than Howard. And protecting franchise quarterback Derek Carr must be priority No. 1.
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