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By Jonathan Bales

Running the Numbers: More On the Offensive Line

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I’ve been taking a pretty in-depth look at the Cowboys’ offensive line struggles of late. At DallasCowboys.com, I broke down how the Dallas linemen stacked up with others around the league.

Below, I’ve created a numerical value for each lineman that rates their play respective to others in the NFL. The number is representative of the relationship between the pressures/sacks allowed by each player and the same stats for the top-10 players in the NFL at his position. A value of 1.0 means the lineman’s pass protection was on par with other top-10 players at his position, while a value of 2.0 means he allowed twice as many pressures (or sacks) as the other top-tier players. Thus, the lower the number, the better.

LT Tyron Smith: 2.00 pressure rating, 0.74 sack rating = 2.74 pass protection rating

LG Nate Livings: 0.90 pressure rating, 2.13 sack rating = 3.03 pass protection rating

C Ryan Cook: 1.38 pressure rating, 1.16 sack rating = 2.54 pass protection rating

RG Mackenzy Bernadeau: 1.57 pressure rating, 2.53 sack rating = 4.10 pass protection rating

RT Doug Free: 1.63 pressure rating, 1.27 sack rating = 2.90 pass protection rating

Remember, a lower value is better. In comparison to others around the league, the Cowboys’ worst offensive lineman in 2012 (in terms of pass protection) was Bernadeau, and it wasn’t even really close. Bernadeau allowed 18 fewer pressures and one fewer sack than Free, but he also played the far less demanding right guard position. The average top-10 guard in 2012 yielded only 13 pressures and just two sacks, putting Bernadeau’s numbers in perspective.

By the way, the full article will be in the next issue of Star Magazine.

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