Browns: The "Mack" daddy of all injuries
This one is huge. If there was one sure thing for the Cleveland Browns over the past 5 years, it’s been that Joe Thomas and Alex Mack were pancaking opponents while not seeing wins accumulate. Up until Sunday, Mack hadn’t missed an NFL snap since he was drafted in 2009. Count them up, that’s 5,592 snaps. That incredible streak ended Sunday on injury that made Browns fan’s hearts seize up.
Mack didn’t just show up for work every week, he performed at an elite level, grading out at +19.3 in 2013 and +17.3 in 2012. This year was more of the same, with Mack grading out overall (+6.9) as the league’s third-best center, and the best in Pass Blocking Efficiency with only one QB pressure allowed.
With the 2 time Pro-Bowler heading to the IR for the year, the new Browns offensive line will see right guard John Greco move over to take snapping duties while free-agent-signee Paul McQuistan will man the RG spot.
Last year with the Seattle Seahawks, McQuistan had a-25.3 overall grade, getting beat up in pass protection to the tune of eight sacks, six hits and 23 hurries. Weeks 2-10 saw him as the starter at LT where he was simply outmatched. A sliver of hope for Browns fans: when McQuistan lost his starting role he got considerable work at LG and had only one game grade out in the red. Unfortunately, he showed his early 2013 form last Sunday grading at -3.1 in just 41 snaps at RG.