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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The Top 35 Right Tackles from 2015 By Matt Miller, Mar 16, 2016 9. Zach Strief, New Orleans Saints Pass Protection 32/45 At this point in Zach Strief's career, pass protection doesn't come easy. He has to be efficient with ...

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Old 05-30-2016, 02:11 PM   #1
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The Top 35 Right Tackles from 2015

The Top 35 Right Tackles from 2015
By Matt Miller, Mar 16, 2016

9. Zach Strief, New Orleans Saints



Pass Protection 32/45

At this point in Zach Strief's career, pass protection doesn't come easy. He has to be efficient with his pass-protection technique to have consistent success against the NFL's dynamic pass-rushers.

Strief is at his best when he can set firm and get his hands on defenders to end the fight early, but he can expand his set points and get to his landmark to punch and anchor rushers who are attempting to get upfield. Where he struggles is in facing wide edge-rushers with an elite first step, as it puts constant strain on him to get vertical and set his feet.

Strief still shows the patience and punch timing to deliver a violent strike and the overall strength to consistently anchor, though. He does a good job of maintaining depth relationship to pass off line games and displays the mental processing and awareness to sort through pressures.

Run Blocking 41/45

Even at 32, Strief is still a mauler in the run game and plays with good physicality. He has great square power and generally explodes out of his stance, quickly engaging to hit, lift and drive defenders off the point of attack on base blocks or angled drive blocks. There are times, though, when he plays with too much weight forward and stops his feet, resulting in him falling off blocks.

Strief violently collapses 3-techniques on deuce blocks when he is the post man and is able to stand defenders up on combo and duo double-teams. He does a good job of climbing to the second level and fitting up on linebackers as well. His biggest issue on film is in cutting off the backside when runs go away from him.

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Bleacher Report? Yeah right!
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Saints tackle Zach Strief: 'Saints made it clear they wanted me back'
"I've met with coach Payton the day after the season the last four years ... we had exit meetings, so I get to know pretty quick what they're thinking," Strief said. "I'm fortunate here that those guys have always been honest with me. What they've said has come true, so right or wrong I take it as truth and coach (Payton) said that they wanted me back, so I kind of knew early that would be the case, which is nice...

"I think two weeks into training camp you start getting an idea of how things are coming together, because even in OTAs it's so different from actual real football for us and I think it's hard to make a determination," Strief said. "We have a ton of talent. ... I think none of us were real happy with how it went last year. ... coach (Dan) Roushar has already pushed us quite a bit and I think that will pay dividends."
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It may be Bleacher Report, but I believe Pro Football Focus had a similar rating for Strief.

I don't have a subscription, so I'm unable to check for 100% certainty
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It may be Bleacher Report, but I believe Pro Football Focus had a similar rating for Strief.

I don't have a subscription, so I'm unable to check for 100% certainty
I think he was about the 35th ranked OT in the league according to PFF. Of course, the vast majority of those ranked higher would have been LT's. Armstead was ranked #3.
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PFF rated Steif 23rd in the NFL among tackles. Pretty good considering there are 64 starting guards.
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I dont believe it,he rubbish. He must be cause that what everyone keeps yelling
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Very good read. I would agree with most everything. And since that is no secret, game planning becomes crucial. If he has a speed rusher, send a FB to chip or a TE stay in an extra second before going on a route. There are so many ways to help an OT out but teams on every level are bad at doing it.
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