While I think the OL has definitely improved in run blocking, you have to remember that the teams we played the last few games haven't exactly had stellar defenses. I don't know much about OSU's DL but I have to guess they are somewhat better than Northwestern's and will probably be mostly trying to protect against the run and won't be too worried about our passing game. Not to rain on your parade or anything...
Offensive Line Improvement
when we were desperately trying to go for the tying score.
So yeah, the jury is still out on the OL.
They do look to me improved on run blocking. Whether it is enough to deal with OSU in run-stuff mode, we'll see. As for the sack on the 3 man rush, is it just me, or does it look like some of the kids think pass blocking is supposed to feature backpedaling toward their own QB? I'd like to hear from someone who actually knows something about OL techniques. Jim Brandstatter? Dan Dierdorf?
it depends of the coverage technique. with a dropback guy like henne and a executionally imbalanced line (AKA, Jake long on the left and scrubs on the right) the last few years, M several times created not a pocket, so much as a wall for henne.
in other pass pro schemes, the line needs to create passing lanes ...for the quick slant for instance.
i think generally, the tackles give ground to the fast DEs but the inner OL tend to hold their ground to allow the QB to step up into a pocket.