3 Years of PBE: Guards

| July 13, 2012

Yesterday our look back at three-years worth of signature stats saw us begin to break down the pass protection numbers. It started with offensive tackles and today it’s going to move on to offensive guards, as we look at which are the most (and least) efficient pass blockers in the league.

For those not aware how we figure it out, we use our Pass Blocking Efficiency Signature Stat that looks not just at total pressure numbers but adds an extra level of context by looking at how many snaps an offensive player spent in pass protection. Do achieve this we add sacks to three quarters the value of the total number of hits and hurries, divide it by pass blocking snaps and then multiply by 100. We then subtract that number from 100 and the closer the result to 100 the better.

Simple enough. Let’s take a look at how the numbers break down (note: only those guards who spent at least 1,000 snaps in pass protection qualified for the study).

Total Pressure

A list of the guards who have given up the most pressure over the past three years doesn’t make good reading for the agent of Cooper Carlise. The Raider recently re-signed for another year, but after giving up 93 combined sacks, hits, and hurries since 2009 he is 14 ahead of the man in second spot, Davin Joseph. That’s right, the man with the seven-year, $53m contract is second among all guards, giving up nine sacks, 13 hits, and 57 hurries on 1,591 pass blocks. That’s four more than Ryan Lilja in third spot, and six more than another recipient of a big contract, Daryn Colledge. Talented they may be, but you think they’d make life a little easier for their quarterback. Special praise to Chris Kemoeatu who gave up more sacks (12) than any other guard.

 

Rank
Player
Current Team
Total Pressure
1Cooper CarlisleOAK93
2Davin JosephTB79
3Ryan LiljaKC75
4Daryn ColledgeARZ73
5Jahri EvansNO71
6Justin BlalockATL71
7Chris KemoeatuFA70
8Chris KuperDEN67
9Chris ChesterWAS65
10Chris SneeNYG64

 

Least Efficient Guards

Sorry Chris Kemoeatu fans but if you thought giving up the most sacks of all guards was bad enough, then things are going to get a lot worse. The free agent has struggled drawing interest on the open market, and it may have something to do with the 12 sacks, eight hits, and 50 hurries he has given up on 1,263 pass blocking situations during these past three seasons. That gave him a slightly lower PBE score than Cooper Carlise, while the retired Alan Faneca finished with the third-worst number. Rounding out the Bottom 5 are a couple of Buccaneers, with Jeremy Zuttah achieving the fourth-lowest mark and Davin Joseph the fifth. Bucs fans will note that Zuttah improved in 2011 and is set to move to center–which should see him engaged with fewer one-on-one blocks–and that Joseph showed improvement last year as well.

 

Rank
Player
Team
Pass Protects
Total Pressure
PBE
1Chris KemoeatuFA12637095.61
2Cooper CarlisleOAK16699395.69
3Alan FanecaRET10515795.72
4Jeremy ZuttahTB11976196.07
5Davin JosephTB15917996.13
6Anthony HerreraFA12496096.28
7Matt SlausonNYJ11425396.30
8Ramon FosterPIT10244796.34
9Ryan LiljaKC15817596.38
10Nate LivingsDAL13636396.48
11Deuce LutuiSEA12725896.48
12Chris ChesterWAS14476596.49
13Kyle DeVanTEN11175096.58
14Travelle WhartonCIN11214996.61
15Daryn ColledgeARZ16897396.61

 

The Top Dogs

At the other end of the table, a hearty congratulations to the New York Jets’ model of consistency at right guard, Brandon Moore. While left guards Faneca and Matt Slauson finished among the last seven on the list, Moore, by virtue of giving up just two sacks, two hits, and 34 hurries in three seasons, finished at the top of the pile. Brian Waters may not be the mauling guard he once was, but he remains near flawless in pass protection, finishing second overall. Another veteran, new Ravens guard Bobbie Williams, also finished in the Top 5 (fourth), with Josh Sitton sandwiched between the two. The last member of the top group was Steve Hutchinson, while new Bucs guard Carl Nicks finished in sixth. See, it’s not all bad news Bucs fans.

 

Rank
Player
Current Team
Pass Protects
Total Pressure
PBE
1Brandon MooreNYJ15853898.17
2Brian WatersNE16894398.05
3Josh SittonGB17914598.03
4Bobbie WilliamsBLT14543698.02
5Steve HutchinsonTEN14803897.97
6Carl NicksTB19595397.87
7Rob SimsDET19455797.74
8Richie IncognitoMIA13964397.51
9Andy LevitreBUF14714897.43
10Harvey DahlSL14144797.40
11Logan MankinsNE14594897.40
12Wade SmithHST13994797.39
13Stephen PetermanDET17365897.38
14Ben GrubbsNO14365097.27
15Jahri EvansNO19337197.13

 

As ever, we’ll remind you all that while the PBE stat measures efficiency, it doesn’t measure the best pass protectors in any given season. For a better representation of that you need to get your hands on PFF Premium, because our grading goes further than any stat can; accounting for how quickly the pressure has come, among other things. It doesn’t mean the PBE doesn’t have its place, but it needs to be used as a tool and not an ultimate explanation. We’ll be saying something similar tomorrow when we turn our attention to centers over the past three years.

 

 

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