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    "Given that it’s a week we’re dedicating to offensive lines and linemen, it seems
    appropriate that we bring back an old favorite to show which linemen are the
    most efficient when it comes to pass protection; Pass Blocking Efficiency

    It’s a simple enough formula. We weigh hits and hurries as worth 75% of
    sacks, add the three forms of pressure up, divide it by the number of times they
    pass blocked at a certain position and you’re left with a figure. Take that away
    from 100 and it equals your PBE number. For the mathematically inclined, it
    looks a little like this:

    100 – ((Sacks + (0.75*(Hits + Hurries)))/ Pass
    Blocking Snaps) = PBE Rating

    Looking at all offensive linemen who played at least 200 snaps as tackle
    (note, only snaps at tackle are counted), let’s see which of the 75 guys who
    qualified impressed the most over the course of the regular

    More Than was
    Bargained for

    By the end of the season, the St Louis Rams had fielded four players for at
    least 200 snaps in pass protection at tackle. Former first round pick
    Jason Smith could only finish 41st after giving up two sacks,
    two hits and 11 hurries on his 201 snaps in pass protection. The highly-touted
    Rodger Saffold was down in 65th after surrendering 32 combined
    QB disruptions on 359 pass blocks. Even swing lineman Adam Goldberg
    could only finish 47th when he filled in at tackle. No, the only Rams
    lineman that impressed at tackle in pass protection was actually Harvey
    . Not only did the former Falcons guard outplay his teammates; he
    outplayed everyone. The sample size is limited, and he was helped somewhat by
    playing in an offense that attempts to get rid of the ball quickly, but on 200
    snaps in pass protection Dahl gave up just three hits and three hurries, giving
    him a league-best PBE rating of 97.8. So, while the Rams look at ways to rebuild
    their line, their use of Dahl could be something to watch.

    The Blind-Siders

    While you can look at Dahl’s 200 pass blocks and think the sample size skews
    the data, you can’t say the same thing about the men that follow him.
    Joe Thomas is widely regarded as the finest tackle of his
    generation and finishes second, just ahead of Andrew Whitworth
    who gave up one less pressure, but was in pass protection at tackle for 72 fewer
    snaps. Neither man covered themselves in glory in the run game, but a franchise
    left tackle first and foremost should keep their quarterback upright, and you
    can’t deny that either man excelled in that regard.


    While Thomas and Whitworth have been protecting their QBs’ blindsides, the
    top tackle over the course of the season when it comes to protecting the front
    side was the Tennessee Titans’David Stewart. He gave up 19
    combined sacks, hits and hurries on 547 pass blocks to beat out Jason
    (a left tackle for the left-handed Michael Vick) who gave up 21
    on 570 snaps in pass pro. The interesting thing about Stewart is who his
    quarterback is; Matt Hasselbeck. Whatever you may say about Hasselbeck he is one
    of the best quarterbacks in the league in making his offensive line look good,
    getting rid of the ball before pressure really has a chance to get to him. It
    showed this year with Stewart ranking atop the front-side tackles, and it showed
    last year when his front-side tackle Sean Locklear finished at
    the top of the rankings.

    The Free

    That gives you the Top 5, with the soon to be available Demetrius
    just outside in sixth after giving up one sack, one hit and seven
    hurries on the 237 occasions he was trying to keep Ryan
    clean. He leads all the available free agent tackles. The
    interesting thing to note is how some of the players who didn’t have the
    requisite number of snaps in pass protection came out, particularly
    Jared Gaither. In his time at San Diego, Gaither gave up just
    three pressures on 165 pass blocks which would have led the league, though you
    could say something similar about Anthony Collins of the
    Bengals. He spent 80 snaps in pass pro at tackle and gave up just the one hurry;
    a trend whenever Collins has seen the field in recent years.


    Over the past few years we’ve seen plenty of rookies come in and struggle.
    It’s one of the things that made Tyron Smith and his debut
    season such a joy to behold (except for when Jason Babin was lined up opposite
    him). He finished 14th overall after giving up eight sacks, a hit, and 21
    hurries on 620 pass-blocking snaps. Incredibly, that wasn’t enough to lead all
    rookies after Marcus Gilbert gave up nine fewer QB disruptions
    on 167 fewer pass blocks. Smiths’ run blocking set the two apart, but it’s got
    to be reassuring for Steelers fans that they’ve found someone who can help Ben
    Roethlisberger stay healthy.

    Pass Blocking Efficiency, Offensive Tackles, Top 20

    # Name Team Pass Block Snaps Total Pressure Allowed PBE
    1 Harvey Dahl SL 200 6 97.8
    2 Joe Thomas CLV 654 21 97.5
    3 Andrew Whitworth CIN 582 20 97.3
    4 David Stewart TEN 547 19 97.2
    5 Jason Peters PHI 570 21 97.1
    6 Demetrius Bell BUF 237 9 97.0
    7 Sebastian Vollmer NE 205 8 96.7
    8 Tyson Clabo ATL 635 28 96.5
    9 Branden Albert KC 545 24 96.5
    10 Bryan Bulaga GB 409 20 96.3
    11 Tony Pashos CLV 478 22 96.2
    12 Duane Brown HST 497 26 96.1
    13 Marcus Gilbert PIT 453 21 96.1
    14 Tyron Smith DAL 620 30 96.0
    15 Trent Williams WAS 372 19 96.0
    16 Andre Smith Jr. CIN 503 27 95.8
    17 Erik Pears BUF 628 35 95.7
    18 Michael Roos TEN 619 35 95.7
    19 Zach Strief NO 433 25 95.6
    20 Matt Light NE 602 35 95.5

    Passing on

    So you’ve seen the good, but what about the bad? The man who finished bottom
    of the entire NFL only saw 246 snaps at tackle after being forced to move there,
    yet, despite his flaws, walked out with a Super Bowl ring. David
    gave up four sacks, six hits and 20 hurries while spending 246
    snaps in pass protection at left tackle, in stark contrast to the man he
    replaced, Will Beatty, who finished ‘up’ in 50th with a PBE
    rating of 93.6. Diehl was bad enough to leave Sam Baker, the
    benched Atlanta Falcons left tackle, with the second lowest rating after the
    former first round pick gave up four sacks, seven hits and 17 hurries on just
    242 snaps in pass protection.

    Left in as

    At least the Falcons saw sense to bench Baker and the Giants had to move
    Diehl to left tackle; what about the tackles who spent a whole year getting beat
    like a drum? Well, of the tackles who played more than 500 snaps, none scored a
    lower PBE than Marshall Newhouse who gave up 54 QB disruptions
    on 544 pass blocks. That was slightly worse than the spent Marc Colombo
    (53 on 543) managed, and even put Jeremy Trueblood to
    ‘shame’ with the Bucs right tackle giving up four sacks, five hits and 50
    hurries on 596 pass blocks.

    Pass Blocking Efficiency, Offensive Tackles, Bottom 20

    # Name Team Pass Block Snaps Total Pressure Allowed PBE
    56 Jeremy Bridges ARZ 319 26 93.3
    57 Sean Locklear WAS 205 17 93.3
    58 Jeromey Clary SD 621 56 93.0
    59 J'Marcus Webb
    CHI 549 48 92.9
    60 Levi Brown ARZ 620 56 92.8
    61 Wayne Hunter NYJ 604 54 92.8
    62 Barry Richardson KC 552 50 92.8
    63 Kareem McKenzie NYG 626 59 92.7
    64 Jammal Brown WAS 463 43 92.5
    65 Rodger Saffold SL 359 32 92.5
    66 Jeremy Trueblood TB 596 59 92.4
    67 Brandon Keith ARZ 321 31 92.4
    68 Marc Colombo MIA 543 53 92.3
    69 Marshall Newhouse GB 544 54 92.2
    70 Jonathan Scott PIT 203 20 91.9
    71 Guy Whimper JAX 472 48 91.6
    72 James Carpenter SEA 311 33 91.6
    73 Lance Louis CHI 347 38 91.2
    74 Sam Baker ATL 242 28 90.9
    75 David Diehl NYG 246 30 90.4

    As we always say, these numbers offer a degree of context, but aren’t the
    best measuring tool as to the best pass blocking tackles in the league. Our
    grading methodology accounts for the nature of the pressure–when it comes and
    how quickly–so it’s a better tool to defer to. But Signature Stats like pass
    blocking efficiency can explain those gradings and often reinforce what the eye
    sees when you really look; which OTs’ are giving up pressure on a regular basis.
    It explains why players like Sam Baker got benched and goes a long way to
    quantifying just how much of a slump Kareem McKenzie had this
    year. It can also put a number to just how good Joe Thomas is
    and helps show just how much the New England Patriots missed a healthy
    Sebastian Vollmer when it mattered.

    Come back tomorrow as we go further into our Pass Blocking Efficiency sig
    stat to look at how all the linemen played when they lined up on the interior of
    the line."

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2

    Just some information pointing to our need to address the OLine. I sure hope Will Beatty's eye surgery took.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


    • #3

      why are so many Giant fans happy that Diehl is replacing an ineffective tackle (McKenzie) when the stats shows he was actually worst and makes a lot of money?