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Let's Hope Frank Pollack Doesn't Play the Piano

January 13 2018 at 12:24 PM
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It seems odd. The Cowboys have had one of the best offensive lines in the league these past few years, if not the best. Yet they fired their O-line coach, Frank Pollack.

It seems ever odder -- Frank Pollack immediately signed on to the Bengals in the same capacity. That dude had to be in high demand, and there are plenty of opening with all the staff changes going on, but he chose to work under Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown.

Like the newly departed Paul Alexander, Pollack was lavished with high draft picks for his unit. Unlike Alexander, he presumably wasn't as involved in scouting those players. And his guys performed. He should get a first round tackle in April, in addition to maybe another draftee or two and a free agent.

If he can manage to turn around the Bungs awful O-line that would be quite the resume-builder. I'll believe it when I see it, though.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/01/11/report-bengals-hire-frank-pollack-as-ol-coach/

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/Pollacks-O-line-roots-are-a-rush/22f4a75c-c088-40f3-90d8-f31f1ff44780

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/nfl/bengals/2018/01/11/cincinnati-bengals-hire-former-dallas-cowboys-offensive-line-coach/1026141001/

https://www.cincyjungle.com/2018/1/13/16883538/frank-pollacks-broad-nfl-experience-will-benefit-the-bengals-in-numerous-ways

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Re: Let's Hope Frank Pollack Doesn't Play the Piano

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January 13 2018, 7:36 PM 

Nice article that explains some of the blocking concepts. It's about Tom Cable going back to Oakland, but some of it may apply to Cincinnati.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/13/oakland-raiders-tom-cable-offensive-line-coach-jon-gruden-hire-news-rumors-coaching-hires-philosophies-zone-blocking-pin-and-pull/

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January 15 2018, 5:03 AM 

I originally thought the Pollock hire was a good hire. After a few nights of sleep, I am uncertain now as thoughts like "this is the Bengals" sunk in. What's the catch?

So I did a few google searches. And read some articles not written by the Hobson or any Bengals fan boards, or "pseudo media".

https://247sports.com/nfl/dallas-cowboys/Bolt/SOURCE-Dallas-Cowboys-to-fire-offensive-line-coach-Frank-Pollack-113540225

http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2018/01/12/bengals-announce-frank-pollack-joining-staff-their-new-o-line-coach

From what I can gather, pretty much the entire offensive staff is being replaced. The 24/7 sports article hints at it was odd that he was let go considering his success at the spot. As well it does appear that they may have been let go due to a failed offensive line experiment with a project player playing over a more talented young player.(Sound familiar?)

From the articles I saw he was assistant OL coach for the Cowboys from 2013-14, and promoted in 2015.

http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?archive=true&conference=null&role=TM&offensiveStatisticCategory=OFFENSIVE_LINE&defensiveStatisticCategory=null&season=2012&seasonType=REG&tabSeq=2&qualified=false&Submit=Go

So I looked at Offensive stats, NFL.com has a category called offensive line stats, that simply looks like rushing R,L or Center. But Yards per Rush and total Rush yards are reported too.

So before Pollock
Dallas
2012 OFF Total Rush yards #31
Yards Per #30
Rush TD # 27
Sacks allowed #16 (#32 is best)

Total OFF scoring #15
1st year asst OL
2013 OFF Total Rush yards #24
Yards per #8
Rush TD # 18
Total OFF scoring #5
Sacks Allowed #26
1st year as OL coach
2015 OFF Total rush yds #9
yards per #5
Rush TD #22
Total OFF scoring #31
Sacks Allowed #27
The year he was let go
2017 OFF Total Rush yds #2
yards per #4
Rush TD #2
Total OFF scoring # 14
Sacks allowed #23

It looks clear that the line was better when he left than before he got there in pretty much across the board. And with Lewis' desire to run the ball more, I can see why they picked him up.
At first glance it looks like a definite upgrade, but this is the bengals and I am wondering what's wrong deep down that I can't see.








 
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