2014 PFF Offensive Line Rankings
Khaled Elsayed breaks down where each team's offensive line stood when the dust of the 2014 season settled.
2014 PFF Offensive Line Rankings
In years gone by rush totals, sack numbers and reputation have been the largest factors in determining how good offensive linemen are in the public arena. We here at PFF like to think we’re doing something about that, isolating the play of linemen to assess their true worth.
So with that in mind, every year we unveil our yearly Offensive Line Rankings, and this year is no different. Intrigued to see which unit is the best or how you’re team match up? Well now you can.
(Last year’s rankings are in parenthesis)
32. Miami Dolphins (21st)
Pass Blocking Ranking: 32nd, Run Blocking Ranking: 31st, Penalties Ranking: 29th
Stud: When Branden Albert went down things did not go well. He was in All-Pro contention before the injury struck and it was a huge blow to lose him.
Dud: In preseason Dallas Thomas (-32.7) struggled at guard. So naturally, being forced to start at right tackle did not go well as he was overmatched and routinely beaten.
Breakdown: Just horrible. The 210 combined sacks, hits and hurries they allowed were most in the league and they weren’t much better in the run game. The musical chairs that saw Mike Pouncey to guard and Ja’Waun James to left tackle had a detrimental effect and it was brutal to watch them. It’s a young group that needs to play better.
31. St Louis Rams (13th)
Pass Blocking Ranking: 30th, Run Blocking Ranking: 28th, Penalties Ranking: 28th
Stud: It doesn’t feel right to crown any player with a stud, with every lineman earning a negative grade. Rodger Saffold was the best of a bad bunch despite a shoulder injury.
Dud: It might be the end of the road for Scott Wells who was terrible in pass protection. You don’t see centers give up that much pressure that often.
Breakdown: Yuck. Given the investments the team has made this was something of a stunner. Jake Long went down, after a strong start the play of Joseph Barksdale fell off a cliff and Davin Joseph played exactly as you’d expect him to (not well). Then there was Greg Robinson who looked lost as the line tried to find a role for him. Will he be better in 2015 now the team has committed to him at left tackle?
30. Buffalo Bills (22nd)
Pass Blocking Ranking: 23rd, Run Blocking Ranking: 32nd, Penalties Ranking: 4th
Stud: Not his best season but still better than his teammates managed. Cordy Glenn (+6.5) continues to be a reliable if hardly imposing left tackle.
Dud: Two guys played every snap and while Seantrel Henderson finished with the lower grade, he’s an undrafted free agent. The same can’t be said of Erik Pears (-25.0) whose conversion to guard was a disaster.
Breakdown: It did not go well. The investment in Chris Williams seemed odd and he struggled before landing on Injured Reserve. The right side of the line was a liability from Day 1 and while it did get better, it was not to a degree that inspires any confidence in this unit for 2015.
29. San Diego Chargers (18th)
Pass Blocking Ranking: 27th, Run Blocking Ranking: 26th, Penalties Ranking: 11th
Stud: He’ll never be confused as elite, but King Dunlap is a solid enough left tackle that can get some push in the run game.
Dud: Pick a guard, any guard. We’ll go with Johnnie Troutman who just didn’t deliver in his 790 snaps. The whole interior is ripe for ripping up.
Breakdown: They don’t give you the cleanest pocket and the moves they’ve made haven’t turned them into road graders. D.J. Fluker concerns you with his pass protection and yet he’s arguably the only guy you’d guarantee will be starting for the team next year even if it is at guard.
28th. Tennessee Titans (17th)
Pass Blocking Ranking: 29th, Run Blocking Ranking: 16th, Penalties Ranking: 31st
Stud: Share it between the left tackles. Both Michael Roos and Taylor Lewan impressed when they got on the field.
Dud: He was poor towards the end of his time in Baltimore and Michael Oher carried that form over to his new team. Just a poor move in free agency on their part.
Breakdown: They’ve spent big on Oher and Andy Levitre in recent years with little return. They’ve used their last two first-round picks on Lewan and Chance Warmack and while Lewan has impressed and Warmack does catch the eye at times, Warmack especially hasn’t reached the heights expected of him. The new Buccaneers in terms of paying a lot of attention to their offensive line, but getting it wrong a lot more than they’ve gotten it right.
27. Kansas City Chiefs (20th)
Pass Blocking Ranking: 22nd, Run Blocking Ranking: 27th, Penalties Ranking: 12th
Stud: With a season that warranted Pro-Bowl contention, Rodney Hudson (+13.0) was comfortably the best player on this line. Finished the year our third-ranked center.
Dud: It can make tough watching for Chiefs fans seeing Mike McGlynn give up so much pressure and lose his one-on-ones in the run game. His benching likely came too late.
Breakdown: It was always going to be tough to replace Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz and it proved every bit that. It didn’t help that Eric Fisher didn’t take the leap forward on the left side the team had hoped for, looking anything but a former first overall pick.
26. Atlanta Falcons (30th)
Pass Blocking Ranking: 19th, Run Blocking Ranking: 29th, Penalties Ranking: 22nd
Stud: Stud seems generous, but the team lucked into something when injury after injury forced Ryan Schraeder (+7.1) to start at right tackle. He was a stabilizing presence.
Dud: Injured or not, the season of Jake Matthews (-36.8) did not go as planned. Switched from right to left tackle, he gave up too much pressure and was too lightweight in the run game. The hope is a healthy offseason will see him get closer to what is required of a left tackle at this level.
Breakdown: They got better, but even with the injuries it wasn’t the level they had hoped for after spending a high pick on a tackle and investing big money in Jon Asamoah. The encouraging sign is they did get better as the season went on, but it’s far from an imposing unit.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24th)
Pass Blocking Ranking: 26th, Run Blocking Ranking: 10th, Penalties Ranking: 32nd
Stud: Credit to Demar Dotson who flipped between left and right tackle and maintained a positive grade.
Dud: Any time you’re forced to start Oniel Cousins it’s unlikely to go well. Suffice to say it didn’t work out for the Bucs either.
Breakdown: The decision to get younger at left tackle backfired with Anthony Collins struggling as Donald Penn flourished. Logan Mankins was a vital pickup given what they had at the guards spot but you’d be hard pressed to figure out what this line will look like next year.