Offensive Line Can’t Pass Block
June 14, 2011 at 06:35pm by bens • 4 Comments »
The people over at ProFootballFocus have developed a system for measuring the pass blocking efficiency of offensive lineman. The formula is simple:
((Sacks + (0.75 * Hits) + (0.75 * Hurries)) / Pass Pro Snaps) * 100
The results were not good for the Buccaneers’ interior lineman, especially Jeff Faine who was ranked the worst pass blocking center in the NFL. Guards Davin Joseph and Ted Larsen, ranked 4th worst and 6th worst respectively.
The tackles were just as bad: Jeremy Trueblood was the 5th worst and Donald Penn the 7th worst.
Penn’s number was surprising. Yesterday, ESPN named him the 8th best tackle in the league.
Raheem Morris insists stats are for losers (bad news for this site) but these numbers may be pretty convincing when it comes to resigning Joseph, Trueblood, or Faine.
The only bright spot on the line was Jeremy Zuttah, who ranked as the 7th best center in the league. Zuttah’s salary is significantly lower than Faine’s, plus he’s younger and healthier.
While finding the picture for this post, I discovered this gem from February, 2011. In the interview, Faine sounds pretty negative about the future:
“You’re not going to see Josh Freeman and our receiving corps down at the University of Tampa soccer field …,” Faine said. “They might go out there and run some routes and throw. But you’re talking about getting an entire receiving corps together being able to work against an entire defensive backs corps. It’s just not going to happen.”
Actually, that’s exactly what happened…
The O line will be serviceable next year but don’t be surprised if Mark Dominik doubles up on offensive lineman in the early rounds of the 2012 draft.