The Las Vegas Raiders have been dealing with an issue for quite some time now. An issue that seems like it just won’t go away, at least until the end of the season, or the next.
A few other teams are dealing with offensive line problems like the Raiders. We have seen Bengals’ quarterback Joe Burrow get killed time and time again because of his offensive line, and the Raiders are trying to make sure it doesn’t get that bad.
They have been using different combinations of players on their offensive line for two weeks now, and in fact, have already trotted out more combinations than any other team.
On Sunday against the Cardinals, they stuck with the same offensive line combo for 72% of the offensive snaps. Something they hadn’t done yet. Offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi was asked about that on Tuesday.
“Well, you know Andre [James] was out with an injury, so obviously Dylan [Parham] had to step up and play center for most of the game, other than just playing guard, but he did a very good job…,” Lombardi said when asked about the process of trying to find the right fit.
“In terms rotation and in terms of the guys playing, obviously, you saw Thayer [Munford] and Jermaine [Eluemunor] both play right tackle, and the guards kind of stayed the same because Dylan was at the center. Again all those guys are competing every day in practice and I think we will see the same type of thing moving forward.”
Against the Chargers in Week 1, Derek Carr was sacked five times. Against the Cardinals this last week, he was sacked just once. So, it is fair to say the issue is getting better.
The Raiders are still trying to figure out of they are better with Eluemunor or Munford at right tackle. Here are some stats for the two so far this season.
According to Pro Football Focus, Eluemunor has played 27 more pass block snaps than Munford, but has also given up two more sacks and allowed one more pressure. Munford has allowed no sacks and three pressures.
Now, these stats aren’t really enough to tell who is better suited for the Raiders, but it is interesting to see the difference between the two. You can see why they are still switching the two in and out of the game.
It seems like things are on track to get better, and hopefully, they do. I will say, though, that the Cardinals’ pass rush isn’t great. By PFF’s standards, they are the 22nd-best pass-rushing team in the league, and the Chargers are the sixth-best.
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