Jun 3, 2010
I’ve been slacking a little bit on the blog lately, but we’re almost over that early summer hump in which we crank out a ton of content, so I should be pretty good to go soon. I’m actually on vacation right now all week, but I’ve been working. Having 100,000 words to crank out for our player previews will do that.
We’ll be rolling out our extensive previews of the OLs in a couple of weeks (that thing takes forever to research and write up), but for now with the season getting closer it’s a good time to give readers a basic overview of how we see the OLs stacking up this year. This is always tough because you can find flaw with almost every line in the league, but here’s what we got.
R Team Run Grade Pass Grade Total Comments
1 New York Jets 90 89 179 Only loss from this excellent OL was LG Faneca, but rookie Ducasse has the ability to step right in and keep this line performing at high level.
2 Baltimore Ravens 90 89 179 Situation with T Gaither needs to play out, but otherwise one of the best OLs in the biz and solid for both the run and the pass.
3 Tennessee Titans 88 88 176 Getting older and lost their veteran C, yet his play had fallen off anyway and still overall one of the best lines in the business.
4 New York Giants 88 87 175 They are starting to slip and underperformed in 2009, but still have excellent continuity and stability here for the run and the pass.
5 Carolina Panthers 88 87 175 The OL is clearly the strength of this team along with the running game. Very solid on the edges and overall one of the better lines in the league – if the two tackles are healthy.
6 New Orleans Saints 88 87 175 As long as LT Brown is back and happy this is a rock solid line that is always helped by the incredible clock in QB Brees’ head.
7 New England Patriots 87 87 174 Hanging in there overall and some youth infused at LT could help them, but overall they are still one of the better groups in the league.
8 Philadelphia Eagles 87 88 175 Had some injury issues last year, but should be strong on the edges. Yet they do have some issues inside.
9 Green Bay Packers 87 88 175 Should be much healthier on the edges and addition of #1 pick Bulaga really helps their depth.
10 San Francisco 49ers 87 87 174 Major upgrades at T and G in the draft should result in this being one of the better lines in the league for both the run and the pass.
11 Denver Broncos 87 87 174 In one year’s time they have gone from an elite group to one with issues, especially if LT Clady can’t play early in the season.
12 Houston Texans 86 88 174 The improvement of LT Brown has been huge, but they still do have to replace G Pitts and continue to improve overall.
13 Miami Dolphins 87 87 174 Pretty solid overall and room for improvement in 2010 if Incognito is an upgrade over Smiley at RG.
14 Cleveland Browns 87 87 174 Quietly did a great job for the run and serviceable in pass protection. Overall, they are above-average.
15 Cincinnati Bengals 88 85 173 Very strong last year blocking for the run, yet their pass protection needs to improve. If so, this line is pretty good.
16 San Diego Chargers 86 86 172 If they stay healthy they should be okay but this line has had injury issues and is getting older.
17 Indianapolis Colts 85 87 172 As usual, QB Manning makes them look better than they are. They’re getting bigger, but run blocking was still mediocre last year.
18 Minnesota Vikings 85 87 172 Disappointing in ’09 blocking for the run and barely above-average for the pass but overall still decent.
19 Dallas Cowboys 86 86 172 Still have some talent but unathletic line with a potential issue at LT with first-year starter Doug Free plus they are getting older.
20 Pittsburgh Steelers 86 86 172 Addition of #1 pick Pouncey should help their run blocking and while they aren’t great, this line should be serviceable.
21 Stl Louis Rams 86 86 172 If former #1 pick LT Smith plays up to his potential this line should be in solid shape despite the loss of RT Barron, who wasn’t very good anyway.
22 Jacksonville Jaguars 86 86 172 Disappointed a little in 2009 specifically blocking for the run, but there’s some young talent here that could come to the surface.
23 Atlanta Falcons 86 86 172 Not a lot of stars on this line, but they are serviceable for both the run and the pass.
24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 87 85 172 Better for the run than the pass, but at least this line has been together for a while and should be cohesive.
25 Arizona Cardinals 87 85 172 Better for the run than pass, but they were shaky in pass pro and the QB got hit a lot in ’09.
26 Washington Redskins 85 86 171 Major injuries last year was a nightmare, but #1 pick Williams should be a fixture at LT and could be decent if the other veterans are healthy.
27 Kansas City Chiefs 85 85 170 Some improvements made in the offseason should help, but this line was terrible last year blocking for the pass. Run-blocking was serviceable.
28 Chicago Bears 84 85 169 Very sluggish for the running game last year and also shaky for the pass. Some potential to improve if all goes well and former #1 pick LT Williams a huge key.
29 Detroit Lions 84 84 168 Nothing to get too excited about here, but they seem to quietly do a decent enough job. But overall, this line is average at best.
30 Oakland Raiders 84 84 168 Not a very talented line and have issues across the board, yet they may not be horrible in 2010 with a better QB and commitment to running game.
31 Seattle Seahawks 84 84 168 Addition of LT Okung should help them, but overall this line still has some issues and is probably below average for run and the pass.
32 Buffalo Bills 83 83 166 Major issues on the edges, but there is a chance this OL isn’t horrible this year. Unfortunately, that’s their upside: not being horrible.