Duke Mayweather was once described by Fox Sports’ Geoff Schwartz as “the offensive line guru you need to know”.
Mayweather is a former collegiate offensive lineman who works with current NFL players and players hoping to reach the NFL one day. He’s a respected name in the scouting/development world.
Which is why we should probably listen to what he has to say when it comes to the Cincinnati Bengals‘ offensive line.
Specifically, we should listen to what he had to say on Monday.
Mayweather sent a tweet out on Monday morning suggesting that Cincinnati shouldn’t be doing a particular offensive line drill.
DO NOT DO THIS!!!! https://t.co/JDHFZkR5vJ— Duke Manyweather (@BigDuke50) August 15, 2022
I’m not an offensive line guru and I’m not going to claim to know the best way for an offensive lineman to train. But when I saw that clip, my initial thought was that it’s probably a good drill for balance. I imagine most folks who aren’t offensive line gurus would view it the same way (there are an endless amount of drills for various sports on the internet and different stuff works for different people).
Thankfully, Mayweather followed up his tweet with an explanation of why the Bengals shouldn’t be doing that drill (otherwise I’d still be wondering about it).
Mayweather suggested that the drill creates bad habits.
From the ground-up, It’s ingraining bad habits, not realistic foot/ground contact. Strike-timing not realistic. For a player that specifically needs to sync his feet and hands while making a position switch, this is doing him a disservice https://t.co/7b83hZ2KZW— Duke Manyweather (@BigDuke50) August 15, 2022
I’d be interested to hear Cincinnati offensive line coach Frank Pollack’s take on the drill and why he has his offensive linemen doing it.
If Mayweather is correct that this drill is a poor idea, it could help explain why the Bengals’ offensive line didn’t perform up to NFL standards last season. And if that’s the case, then it might be time for Zac Taylor to find a new offensive line coach.
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