I was watching one of our games this year with my MGoWife (very, very grateful that I've got a wife who is reasonably into college football), and I was talking to her about how our pass protection struggled so much on OL. In particular, I pointed out JBB and how he was such a dichotomous guy w/ his skill set--awesome road grader in the run game, but terrible at pass protection.
Then my MGoWife laid a question on me that I didn't know how to answer.
Her question: "If certain offensive linemen are terrible at pass protection, why don't we just swap them out during obvious passing downs?"
I was never a football X's and O's or player/coach type growing up, so I'm at a loss for the answer. I assume there IS one, since by now you'd think that if it was in fact a viable strategy, it'd be common practice among teams to do it. We rotate DL all the time & swap different personnel on the defense & offense depending on distance/down/matchup situations.
So why don't we do it on the O-Line?
The element of surprise is no longer needed, and if it's clear the defense is bringing the house, why not insert other guys in place of JBB (or any other guys who aren't good at pass pro/stunt/bliz pick-ups)?
Anyway, seemed like a pretty fair question that my MGoWife had, but one I didn't really have a good answer for since I just didn't grow up with great knowledge of the sport.
Can the more knowledgeable posters on the board break it down for me?