2017 Offensive Infrastructure: Outside

Devin Duverany. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Devin Duverany. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In Part I, we solidified the idea that Tom Herman is inheriting a different OL situation than his predecessor by several orders of magnitude. That’s a good thing, since OL represent 45% of a starting offense and have the largest representation on any roster overall.

Good OL play is an offensive multiplier. Everyone gets a positive modifier with bigger holes and more time to throw. A failure to quantify that modifier properly is how Maurice Jones-Drew goes #60 in the 2006 NFL draft while his crosstown rival Reggie Bush goes 58 picks earlier.

WR talent may create its own modifier. And it’s the second most represented unit on the offensive roster. Increasingly, the changes in the college game with respect to scheme and passing game rules means that a deep, talented WR corps can have a comparable multiplying effect. It’s common sense that good WRs make a QB better, but it’s increasingly clear that the threat created by multiple receiving threats makes RBs and the OL better too.

Virtuous circles and all of that.

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