When you evaluate the performance of the starting offensive line in Monday night’s game against the Raiders, at first glance you want to cast a critical eye at center
On tape, Arkin was not the problem and for the number of snaps that he played in the game in his first start at center, it was actually a nice effort on his part. I’m not saying he was perfect, but to believe he was the reason they couldn’t run the ball or give
Arkin’s game started off with a nice pick-up on an inside twist on the ball that went down the field to
On the next play, which was second-and-12, Arkin has Kelly on his left shoulder. At the snap, Kelly is able to get the corner, but it’s a screen going to his left. Dockery blocks the defensive end as does
To start the next series, Jones is handed the ball going left, Dockery and Arkin are on the double-team but Dockery doesn’t help Arkin much with it. Arkin gets stuck along the line fighting nose tackle Jamie Cumbie, but on the backside,
My point is that other than Smith, it was more about the other guys having a miss here or a technique problem there that was the real problem. On the offensive line, all it takes is one guy to hurt how the group functions and on Monday night, some did that more than others.