PFF: Jets Offensive Line 3rd-Best in the NFL

January 28th, 2013
Ducasse Slauson

Don’t blame the Jets line for their offensive woes. (Photo: US Presswire)

By Ryan Alfieri, Editor

The hard-working folks over at Pro Football Focus had an article out today ranking all of the offensive lines in the NFL based on their ranking system, which is in turn based on careful tape study.

To the surprise of many, the Jets’ unit wound up as the third-best unit in the NFL, with only the Patriots and 49ers grading out ahead of them.

The Jets offensive line has unfairly taken a lot of the blame this season for the Jets’ offensive ineptitude. Casual fans look at the 11 sacks given up to Greg McElroy against the Chargers and assume that the line is awful. Truth is, the Jets do not have enough talent to either take advantage of good line play or hide any deficiencies.

Every starting offensive lineman graded out positively  only Vladimir Ducasse had a neutral rating by the end of the season. Nick Mangold and Brandon Moore were their usual dominant, consistent selves and D’Brickashaw Ferguson got his career back on track after a poor 2011 outing. Austin Howard played rather well at right tackle, which only makes you wonder why he was not starting over Wayne Hunter earlier in the preseason.

They had a bit of a rough start to the season, being completely dominated by the 49ers and struggled to protect against the Steelers in Week 2, but it is not like they are the only line in the NFL to struggle against two of the best defenses in the NFL. Greg McElroy’s 11 sacks were mostly a result of him holding onto the ball for too long and walking right into opposing defensive lineman.

The biggest problem with the Jets’ line is that three of them are set to be free agents, including both starting guards Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson and Howard at right tackle. If they do not retain at least one of them, it will severly hamper what they will be able to do in the draft.

In any case, this study proves that the core of the Jets problems lie at their deficiencies and depth at the skill positions, not along the offensive line.


Tags: new york jets, nick mangold, offensive line

3 Responses to “PFF: Jets Offensive Line 3rd-Best in the NFL”

  1. Henry says:

    I would let Slauson walk , resign Moore and Howard. They could probably get Howard pretty cheap. The team should definitely draft Chance Warmack at 9, if available. I know it’s not a flashy pick but it would help keep the line consistently good in the years to come.

  2. johnny a says:

    Enough with drafting an OG at #9, please! If you pick in the top 10 then you look at the money positions;OLT, QB,Pass Rusher(regardless if hes an outside LB or DT), and CB! The other positions like the skill positions; WR, RB, TE should not even be considered in todays NFL unless the player has a ridiculous, all world & once in a generation type talent, ie Calvin Johnson, the “Cincinnatti Kid”-who might be the best WR in the NFL and a guy Vernon Davis/Tony Gonzalez, etc. How the heck can you justify taking Warmack at 9 when you may be able to get a guy like Warford from kentucky in round 2 or 3 and at the end of the day, a few years from now they really wont grade out much different. You do not draft an oG in the top 10 unless hes Larrry Allen and can play QB, too. You know what? Lets just go back to the dark ages of the jets entirely… lets drafty a TE at 9!

    • Henry says:

      That’s just my opinion. They did draft a QB four years ago, how’s that working out? I just don’t think they can draft anymore defensive players in the first round. Three years in a row now they have went for defense in the 1st round. Wilson was made out to be the second coming of Revis, he improved last year but is still a liability. Wilkerson has emerged and the jury is still out on Coples. The offense is severely lacking starters and they should concentrate on that in the first round.

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