Word of Muth

Dive into the details of offensive line play with a former all-PAC-10 left tackle

Word Of Muth

Word of Muth: From the Ashes
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Word of Muth: From the Ashes

After a very slow start to the year, the Falcons have won three in a row to get back to .500. Offensive line expert Ben Muth shows how the offensive line led the way to Atlanta's biggest win of the year.

3 comments, Last at 10 Nov 2018, 11:11am by Alex51
Word of Muth: Throwing in the Towel
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Word of Muth: Throwing in the Towel

A bad loss to Seattle and the trade of Golden Tate seem to have signaled the end of the competitive portion of Detroit's season. Ben Muth shows that the offensive line is not the cause of the Lions' struggles -- but it's not likely to be the solution, either.

8 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2018, 5:39pm by Roadspike
Word of Muth: Cool Design, Awful Execution
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Word of Muth: Cool Design, Awful Execution

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
Word of Muth: Falcons Failures
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Word of Muth: Falcons Failures

Atlanta gave up five sacks in a loss to Pittsburgh last weekend. Ben Muth shows how the Falcons were so discombobulated that sometimes it was hard to see what they were even trying to do.

8 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2018, 10:03am by Lost Ti-Cats Fan
Word of Muth: Beathard's Hard Beating
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Word of Muth: Beathard's Hard Beating

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, 3:00pm by bravehoptoad
Word of Muth: 100 Reasons
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Word of Muth: 100 Reasons

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, 4:19pm by LionInAZ
Word of Muth: Welcome to Atlanta
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Word of Muth: Welcome to Atlanta

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, 5:36am by yayFootball
Word of Muth: Silver Lining
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Word of Muth: Silver Lining

Detroit's 48-17 loss to the Jets was an ugly night for the Lions, but Ben Muth found some positives to go with the negatives on their offensive line.

15 comments, Last at 19 Sep 2018, 11:05am by Noah Arkadia
Word of Muth: 2018 Season Preview
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Word of Muth: 2018 Season Preview

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.

9 comments, Last at 13 Sep 2018, 11:24am by jtr
Word of Muth: Getting the Job Done
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Word of Muth: Getting the Job Done

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, 5:43pm by Sifter