Did they? Sure, in the Giants game they did. And against the 49ers they did. But before then, they didn't.
But for a moment, I'll agree with you. It would appear Pat Hill's "teaching" coalesced into a better year-end performance in terms of pass protection.
BUt the run blocking was garbage. They were 32nd in short-yardage this year. And the gap between us and the 31st ranked team was about as big as the gap between the 1st and 15th ranked teams.http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/ol
So was that a worthwhile move? Did we beat Seattle because of Hill, or was it because Chris Clemons didn't play? Are you confident that if Clemons had suited up in that game, the Falcons would have won anyway? I certainly am not.