Originally Posted by orinjkrush
wonder how much of that is due to Koppen? Seems like the line is gelling with him.
From what I saw of Koppen a few weeks ago, he's not a power player that's going to out muscle guys.
But he does do a great job of using his hands/leverage to manuver guys and uses their momentum against them. He'll use multiple hand punches to keep a guy off balance and still moves pretty well in the 2nd level.
There were a couple of very well executed 2nd level blocks against Oakland, I think
, where he cleared out defenders to get our WRs plenty of yards after the catch.
Walton has really improved though and Koppen's play so far really shows that he's capable of still playing at this level and really should be resigned for next year as well.
I'll try to get some screen captures of Koppen/Beadles and how they coped with Geno Atkins.
Honestly speaking I thought Cincy's pass rush was going to be a really tough challenge and the fact that our OL came through with flying colors in pass protection really emphasizes how far they've come as a group.
I can only remember one pressure on Manning where he threw that 2nd pick but apart from that he was kept clean.