Earlier today, we took a look at the running backs, Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell, to see who has been the more effective. Now, we take a look at, as Ray Lucas likes to say, “the fatties up front”, otherwise know as the offensive line. Clearly, they have something to do with the resurgence of the running game as well. Well, the folks at footballoutsiders.com do a great job at breaking down the performance of the line and giving us the inside story.
Football outsiders came up with a stat for the line called “power success”. This measures runs on third/fourth and two, and first/second and goal from the two, and how often the team succeeds with either a first down, or TD, depending upon the scenario, and outputs a percentage. The Jets rank is 5th at 72%. Only the Saints, the Titans, the Colts, and Eagles, have performed better in short yardage.
The Jets offensive line is exerting it’s will on their opponents in short yardage. There is also another ranking called “stuffed rank”, where they rank teams in order of how often they get stuffed for no gain or a loss. The number one rank is the team that gets stuffed the least, since getting stuffed obviously is bad. Where are the Jets ranked?
More often than any other team in football, the Jets get positive yardage with each carry. Bravo to the guys up front.
This stat really shows how important the offensive line is to the Jets’ running attack. The “outsiders” guys have come up with “open field yards”, which takes running back yardage earned on plays over 10 yards, and divides per number of carries, to give a yards per carry in the open field stat. The Jets? 0.45 yards ranked 30th. The Jets line is ranked overall at #4. What does this tell us? That the offensive line is huge in the success of the running game. Once the running backs get to the second level, they don’t do much.
It’s been a major comeback by this offensive line. Kudos to them.