Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

12 Jul 2010

O-line stats, rankings

Does the FOA have individual offensive linemen stats and grades/rankings? IE. sacks allowed, etc

Posted by: jb347 on 12 Jul 2010

3 replies , Last at 12 Jul 2010, 5:45pm by Yaguar

Re: O-line stats, rankings
by Vincent Verhei :: Mon, 07/12/2010 - 4:47pm

There's a statistical apppendix in the back of the book that includes the Top 20 players in blown blocks leading to sacks, and notes on a few other players in the individual team chapters. Once you get outside the Top 20, though, you're talking about guys with at most five blown blocks all year (even fewer for most guards and centers), and it's hard to find much meaningful difference between any two given players.

Re: O-line stats, rankings
by Aaron Schatz :: Mon, 07/12/2010 - 5:12pm

In addition, we should note that FO does not believe in "grading" players because we do not know assignments on any specific play. We try to mark events like blown blocks, but we don't guess what a guy was supposed to do if he doesn't specifically give up a sack. We prefer more trustworthy team-wide measures for offensive lines.

Re: O-line stats, rankings
by Yaguar :: Mon, 07/12/2010 - 5:45pm

Rough year for Jeremy Trueblood, huh?

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