BEN MUTH was raised in Phoenix, Arizona and had season tickets to both the Cardinals and Sun Devils. As a result, he insists on irrationally defending Jake Plummer as quarterback. He left the state to go to college in California. He played offensive line at Stanford from 2004-08 and was named first team all conference in his final season. He now literally bleeds Cardinal red (for the Arizona Cardinals and Stanford). He was picked up by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2009 but released later that same year, due to combination of injury and giving up too many sacks in practice. Ben contributes to both Football Outsiders and SB Nation, and currently lives in Dallas.
The San Francisco 49ers have a lot of interesting design in their offensive scheme, but poor execution keeps getting in the way. Well, that and Aaron Donald, who gets in the way of every offense he faces.
6 comments, Last at 29 Oct 2018, 11:32am by Joseph
The 49ers have already lost one quarterback this season, and if last Sunday's game against the Chargers is any indication, backup C.J. Beathard is going to have a hard time staying on the field. Ben Muth looks at how the 49ers struggled in pass protection, and also how they tried to help their blocker who needed it most.
4 comments, Last at 08 Oct 2018, 03:00pm by bravehoptoad
Detroit running backs don't run for 100 yards very often, so when they do, plans get changed. Ben Muth shows how Kerryon Johnson got a lot of help from his interior linemen when he ran all over New England on Sunday night, and how Detroit's young linemen have already improved early in the season.
4 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2018, 04:19pm by LionInAZ
In his first article looking at the Falcons, offensive line expert Ben Muth explains why outside zone runs put so much pressure on a defense, how Atlanta will cope with the loss of Andy Levitre, and why even the best run-blocking team needs a lot of help from its running backs.
8 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2018, 05:36am by yayFootball
Our resident offensive line expert Ben Muth breaks down the three teams he'll be covering this season: the Detroit Lions, the Atlanta Falcons, and the San Francisco 49ers, who are hoping first-round pick Mike McGlinchey can make a big impact out of the gate.
Philadelphia's offensive line wasn't perfect against Minnesota, but did enough to lead the Eagles to an NFC championship -- and there's reason to believe they'll be even more effective in the Super Bowl.
2 comments, Last at 02 Feb 2018, 04:43pm by Sifter