Holy crap. I just found the most in-depth stats for offensive linemen and I couldn't be happier. Not by the stats (haven't scoured them all yet), but just by having a legitimate way for statistical analysis on offensive linemen. Let's look through the Chargers' offensive linemen through the first 6 games of 2009 and see how they've played.....
|G||Pen||Pen Yds||False Start||Holding||Sacks Allwd||Sack Yds|
All in all, the offensive line's protection of Philip Rivers has not been good. The star QB has been sacked on 6.6% of passing plays, 20th worst in the league. Now, with the stats factored in, is my personal ranking of the Chargers offensive linemen this season (with Nick Hardwick left out):
By the way, to compare some of these stats against past seasons.....
- Marcus McNeill allowed 3 sacks in all of 2008 and allowed 9.5 in 2007. Statistically, McNeill has had 1 bad season (2007) and 2.5 really good ones.
- Kris Dielman's 2009 numbers are on-pace to be pretty much average for him. However, I think where he's struggled is in run-blocking. I think he misses Hardwick next to him.
- Statistically, Jeromey Clary is having a worse season in 2009 than he had in 2008. He allowed 7 sacks in 2008 and he's on pace to allow 12 in 2009. He's gotten better at avoiding false starts though. I believe the team signed him to a 1-year deal in hopes that they'd see improvement. Although I thought, from watching the games, that he was having a better year....that appears to not be the case.