Ben Muth is a former offensive lineman for the Stanford Cardinal, and briefly played in the NFL as a camp guy before injuries forced his hand. He writes a weekly column on Football Outsiders, Word of Muth, that deep dives into offensive line play in a way few columnists are able to. More importantly, he’s a guy who actually isn’t afraid to say the word “fuck” on a podcast, so be sure to heed our workplace environment warning.
We dove into a conversation about his career, his thoughts on offensive line play, his time with Jim Harbaugh (egged on by Danny) and, of course, Brick Shithouse.
You can follow Ben on Twitter @FO_WordOfMuth.
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Subject: Offensive Line Play with Ben Muth
— Why Ben gave up football, and how that impacted him psychologically.
— Is functional strength the most important trait for an offensive lineman? What SPARQ score stuff is the most important for a lineman?
— How important is mentality in pass blocking versus run blocking? How much does a tight end matter for the purposes of zone blocking or man blocking?
— A mess of stuff about playing for Jim Harbaugh, including a breakdown of how Ben would rate him in Chris Brown’s areas of a successful coach.
— Playing for Walt Harris.
— How much should we attribute success to head coach versus rest of roster versus quarterback?
— Branden Albert’s poor form and how many tackles could get away with that in today’s NFL.
— Pro Football Focus grades, Football Outsiders blown blocks, and how much of each play-call judgement gets lost in the laundry.
— Who are Ben’s five best linemen playing today? Would he rather play with five average linemen, or one stud, and two-three ehhh guys?
— His thoughts on right tackle becoming a position that has been engineered for UDFA success.
— Favorite King of the Hill characters from two Texans.
— And, Brick Shithouse. If you don’t know what that is, it’s okay, I didn’t either.
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