Ranking the 2013 Offensive Lines: First Quarter

| October 9, 2013

OL-Rankings-2013-Q1The Offensive Line. Sometimes they’re the heroes and sometimes they’re the villains, but not often is it justified. If a quarterback can handle pressure and a running back breaks tackles their shortcomings can be managed, whereas if a quarterback holds onto the ball for an age or a running back can’t hit the hole, then things look a lot worse than they are.

That’s why above any stat of a skill player and how it relates to an offensive lineman, we champion our own grading. We look at what an offensive lineman is trying to do and grade him based on that, taking into account what’s asked of him and how long, in the example of pass protection, the quarterback holds the ball.

So without further ado, here are our Week 5 Offensive Line Rankings.

 

32. Baltimore Ravens: -38.6

Stud: Well, by default it’s kind of Marshal Yanda (+3.4), but let’s not kid ourselves in believing that he’s playing anywhere near his best. He’s not.

Dud: Some contenders here but Gino Gradkowski (-13.4) is the man under fire. He just hasn’t got the job done and is atrocious (by center standards) with his work in pass protection.

Summary: The team didn’t feel the need to trade for 11 games of Eugene Monroe because they were happy with how things were going. Bryant McKinnie has been awful and whoever has played left guard (chiefly Kelechi Osemele) has struggled. Not good enough.

31. Seattle Seahawks: -33.4

Stud: By the process of elimination right now it’s seventh-rounder Michael Bowie (+0.7).

Dud: A below-average guard, there’s little surprise that Paul McQuistan (-14.9) is a way below average tackle.

Summary: They lost Russell Okung and are currently without Max Unger. Two men who just happen to be their best linemen. That has hurt, but the J.R. Sweezy experiment isn’t working out and they’re just not executing right now.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars: -30.5

Stud: Well … Uche Nwaneri (-0.3) but there’s some really slim pickings there.

Dud: As is often the case, it’s Will Rackley (-14.7) who is on a mission to prove the faith in him misguided. Five games and his best grade was a -2.1.

Summary: It hasn’t worked in Year 1 of the new regime and the line is a big part of why. They’ve lost their two starting tackles, have question marks across the line and are about as bad it gets when it comes to run blocking. Nobody said rebuilding would be easy.

29. New York Giants: -30.2

Stud: Is stud the right word to use? Kevin Boothe (+2.4) has got better since the season started at least.

Dud: How disappointed must the team be in Will Beatty (-9.3)? He was well worth his contract extension but has proceeded to flop on the field this year.

Summary: It’s not good. A mix of old guys getting injured and not getting the job done, and young guys not ready to deliver. They’ve gone from contenders to a transition team with the kind of speed nobody saw coming.

28. Atlanta Falcons: -24.0

Stud: The guards are the best of a bad bunch with Justin Blalock (+8.1) solid enough in pass protection (seven quarterback disruptions allowed on 242 pass blocks) that he takes the honors.

Dud: Pick a tackle, pick any tackle. It’s Sam Baker (-13.8) who has reverted to type this year and hasn’t even be able to save his grade by missing time.

Summary: A line that has got better but still isn’t great. They’re struggling at both tackle spots no matter who they line up and that has caused no end of problems. Of course it hasn’t helped that Peter Konz has been a noticeable drop off from Todd McClure as the team has struggled to get anything going on the ground.

27. Arizona Cardinals: -19.4

Stud: It’s Daryn Colledge (+3.6) and it’s not really close. Even then he’s hardly lit it up with his run blocking.

Dud: With Levi Brown no longer the baddest tackle in town (well, this town anyway) it’s the overmatched right guard Paul Fanaika (-8.2), thrust into the lineup because of the unfortunate injury to Jonathan Cooper.

Summary: It’s still not a particularly good offensive line. Last year’s blossoming star Bobby Massie isn’t a favorite of the new regime, while the moves they made just haven’t worked out. Still, at least they finally cut the chord with Brown and can look toward finding a long-term answer at the left tackle spot.

26. Buffalo Bills: -18.1

Stud: He’s been flagged four times but Cordy Glenn (+10.3) has been extremely reliable outside of that, particularly in pass protection. Just what you want from your left tackle.

Dud: Anyone not expecting this to be Colin Brown (-28.1)? In fairness he has improved the past two weeks, but his opening three performances were as bad as any that we have seen.

Summary: The line grades out worse than you’d imagine largely because of the problem left guard spot and a really disappointing performance from Erik Pears against the Browns. They’re likely to prove themselves better than this and will really need to with their quarterback situation.

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  • stephenldidy@me.com

    Khaled, in your analysis, did NYJ grade out bad for both run blocking and pass protection?

  • osoviejo

    Be fun to see what Marshawn Lynch could do with a replacement level line. Expect the Seahawks to focus the bulk of their attention on offensive line upgrades in the offseason.

    • Darnell

      Might not even have to wait for the offseason. Maybe just late November early December they’ll be starting Okung-Carpenter-Unger-Giacomini maybe with Sweezy/Bowie/Bailey/Mcquistan for a guard spot.

  • Baron Zbimg

    Great piece, number 6 is missing though.

  • gabe

    Impressive that the Ravens and Seahawks are playing as well as they are despite horrific OL play.

    • Max

      They have real good OC’s that mask a lot of the garbage

    • Scott@Seattle

      Russell Wilson has played exceptionally well. Especially on the 98 yard drive at houston. He had a 40 yard touchdown pass negated by PI and other penalties so he really took the team more like 200 yards.

  • Guest

    I guess they forgot #6?

  • ravensnhokies

    As a Ravens fan, you have no argument with those rankings from me. Their run blocking flat out sucks and its truly amazing that Joe hasn’t gotten injured with that eyesore they call pass pro.

  • LightsOut85

    I never thought I’d see the Chargers rise up this much anytime soon, even if it’s only on a small sample size.

    That said, I think it’s unfair to say that the move of Clary to guard was EXPECTED to go poorly. His weakness at OT was speed-rushers & a move to G should have played to his strength (his physical strength). Sure, the technique is different (better leverage usually), but I think that means it’s too early to call (ie: needing time to learn a new position).

    THAT said (lol), I hope Troutman can play RG (or Reinhart RG & Troutman LG) because if he averages out like he has been (granted, tiny sample) – I’d rather have him starting over Clary.

  • Ellicottraven

    I have no argument at all with this list. I think it is an accurate depiction of how bad our O-line is! Hopefully it will improve with Monroe, but we’ll see.

    I only hope Joe had a good O-line protecting him and create run lanes for Rice, but it’ll improve. Also, one needs to admire Flacco’s guts and durability to stand in the pocket and take that pounding and still make those throws. Amazing! I don’t believe any other QB would last a game with our O-line protecting him.

    And all these commentators crib about Roethlisberger, Rodgers and Ryan having no protection. Idiotic!

    Now when Flacco had a good O-line (even it was for only 5-6 games last season, he killed the competition and won the SB MVP. I only hope the front office brings in more help to protect him so we can repeat without question!

    • stephenldidy@me.com

      You make a good point with Flacco. Unfortunately, you should look at Eli Manning, and the NYG. Why? Well, because it’s likely this is what Baltimore is going to look like…soon.
      Flacco has proven he’s good enough to win a SB, just like Jim Plunkett, Doug Williams, Jay Schroeder, Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Ben Roethlisberger (arguably had one the worst QB performance, in a SB of any who ever played in one, even the losers) and the aforementioned Eli Manning. All these guided overall talented teams to championships, they just aren’t capable of taking sub-standard talent to that level (Eli and Ben are showing us that right now).
      Baltimore’s decision to overpay Flacco is going t hurt their ability-see A Boldin- to provide adequate pieces around him. I mean they just traded for a middling LT, and he’s an upgrade. So, maybe Newsome will ace some drafts, but odds are against that. Flacco is trying to do his best P Manning/T Brady/A Rogers/D Brees imitation-win with lesser talent, and he’s struggling. As his cap number increases, this situation will get worse and his play level is likely to get even worse. Get used to this…..

      • stephenldidy@me.com

        Oh, and I’m not talking about this year’s Broncos with Manning (though I don’t think they’d be 5-0, or breaking records, weekly, with Flacco). I’m talking about the 2010 version, that went 10-6 and then went 2-14 the next year when he was out. Brady is 4-1 with WR who couldn’t make the Ravens. Rogers won a SB with 15 guys on season ending IR.

      • Guest

        I think you mean Mark Rypien, not Jay Schroeder. Still agree with the point you’re making though.

        • stephenldidy@me.com

          You’re right. Schroeder was actually the starter on the Williams SB champ (he injured his shoulder).

    • Chris Pool

      “Killed the competition”? Lol Baltimore fans. Ravens wouldn’t have even made it to the AFC Championship had it not been for completely horrible clock management and playcalling by Denver’s coaching staff. And it also required a prayer hail mary. Baltimore didn’t kill the competition, you don’t know what that word means.

      • lol

        good thing there was zero guarantee the Broncos would score again, you fucking idiot. yeah they made a horrible decision to run the clock out and take it into OT, but you cannot sit there and tell me the Broncos would get close enough for a FG AND make it with any certainty. that’s just making excuses and trying to rain on another team’s parade for whatever reason (butthurt, salty etc)

        can people who have no idea what they’re talking about stop posting on the internet?

        • Guest

          That would mean you stop posting faggot but here you are.

  • Raul BC

    Hi… I would have thought Dolphins OL would be ranked to the bottom 3. The sacks they allowed on the last two series of the BALT game were decisive, with a tie game in the final 5min of the 4th Quarter: on the next to last one drive 2 sacks killed the drive that potentially would have taken a lead and it force them to gave the ball back to BALT in good field position, so BALT got a 3-point lead and on the last drive, the final sack contributed to try a harder 57-yard FG to tie, which obviously was not good. Not to mention the 20-something yards rushing. I can definitively say their poor play cost them the game.

    • mike jones

      I’m a dolphins fan. I figure tannehill is responsible for about 40% of those sacks. He needs to get the ball out quicker, even if it just needs to be thrown out of bounds. Part of this is on scheme, because they rarely is an outlet receiver and if there is a back he’s blocking, but a pig part of it is on tannehill – and I love tannehill.

      • stephenldidy@me.com

        Wait, according to ‘gllmiaspr’ (just above) “Tannehill is 5th fastest in average time to throw.” I don’t watch Miami, but the stats would suggest, you’re just highlighting a few plays, because the numbers don’t back you up.

  • Jeff

    I still think some Offensive lines should be graded on a curve based on the quarterbacks. Just look at the Broncos, you knew they would be either 1 or 2, when you have Peyton Manning back there throwing the ball. The guy takes less then 2.5 seconds to get rid of the ball. Whereas if you look at the Jets and their quarterback who takes about an extra second to release the ball. Plus he fails to recognize potential blitzers and adjust his blocking accordingly.

    • http://letterboxd.com/still_in_bruges/ Steve James

      Yes, Manning gets the ball out quickly, but if his offensive line was not so good his season wouldn’t even be in the same ballpark as it is now. OLine is the #1 most important thing to winning, throwing the ball, really anything. Besides the Seahawks, where R Wilson is running all over the p[lace to make up for a bad line, it already shows in the QB’s.

    • bonairsfavoriteson

      pretty easy to get rid of the ball fast when most of your throws are only 10 yds. or less up field. basically long hand offs.

    • Chris Pool

      Ah yes, adjust for stupidity. That’s the kind of thing we need in stats, handicaps!

  • gllmiaspr

    You are giving the Dolphins OL a break at the expense of Tannehill and in cotradiction to your Signature Stats by attributing their 24 sacks to the time Thill spends in the pocket.
    According to your Signature Stats Tannehill is 5th fastest in average time to throw. He is completing about 70% of his throws in 2.5 seconds or less (second only to Stafford and ahead of Brees and Manning.
    How do you reconcile this statement with your published stats?

  • UpStateMike

    You Steelers fans are an angry lot this season, no?

  • Jimmy Hoffa

    Its too bad PFF hasn’t been around longer because this would be the first time since 1966 that the Detroit Lions had a top 10 offensive line.

  • Abdallah Awwad

    aaron rodgers gets sacked 14 times in 5 games and apparently the packers have a top ten oline, i mean what a joke, steelers don’t have a good oline, caroline doesn’t have a good oline. wow, and the bears who are top ten in terms of giving up sacks are 18th. wow just wow. i would love to see a team made up by PFF, vs a team made by regular people and we would see the results.

  • richardfg7

    Sweezy and Carpenter are horrible guards for Seattle. Pete Carroll better find help now while he still has a healthy Russell Wilson.