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How Good is the Jets O-Line?

The Jets had arguably the best offensive line in football last year. They helped pave the way for the league’s best rushing attack and kept Mark Sanchez upright.

Though, this season many pundits have observed that the line has taken a step back. Most of the criticism has been direct toward Matt Slauson, who replaced the cut Alan Faneca at left guard. Damien Woody and D’Brickashaw Ferguson have both gotten some flack for their play this far. But it is warranted? Ben Alamar did the research as part of his blindside project, where he studies the play of the offensive line.

Player Ferguson Slauson Mangold Moore Woody
Grade 2.2% -1.8% 0.0% 2.0% -1.0%
Consistency 0.07 0.09 0.15 0.07 0.07

The 2.2% grade for D’Brickashaw is the highest of any linemen in the data set and his consistency score of 0.07 is tied for the best consistency score in the data set. Overall, the interpretation here is that Ferguson (LT) and Moore (RG) are consistently outstanding, Mangold’s performance has been about average though highly variable and Slauson and Woody have performed well below average for their positions.

As the data set continues to get bigger, these estimates will be more precise and the effects will be more clear, and more teams and players will be ranked. This analysis as is though suggests that Sanchez gets Blind Side pressure on 2.2% fewer plays than the average QB. I think Jay Cutler is probably jealous.


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