We all remember the trials and tribulations that came with the 2011 season of Wayne Hunter. He was brutal, and there is nothing else to be said. Lost in all of that, was the rough season that D’Brickashaw Ferguson had, despite making the Pro Bowl. He made the Pro Bowl based more on popularity than anything else, as he fell off in both the running game and the passing game.
In the lost year of 2012, D’Brickashaw Ferguson made an excellent comeback to have a stellar season. It’s ironic that he was not invited to the Pro Bowl in 2012, because his season was far better than in 2011. Let’s take a look at it by the numbers (all rankings courtesy of Pro Football Focus).
Despite the fact that the Jets were 8-8 in 2011, Ferguson almost slipped out of the top 20 in overall ranking for tackles with a 12.2, barely edging out Jake Long(12.1) for the final spot in the top 20. As a pass blocker, he ranked 11th in the league(12.4), but tied for sixth most in the league in sacks allowed with 8. Where he became a major liability in 2011 was in run blocking, where he was ranked 62nd(-5.9), which was actually ten spots WORSE than Wayne Hunter(-2.9). Not good at all, and it’s a wonder why he made the Pro Bowl.
In 2012, D’Brickashaw rebounded in a big way. Overall, he finished tied for seventh in the league overall with a 23.5 rating. He again was a pretty consistent pass blocker, ranking 10th this past year(16.9), but improved massively in protection, allowing the 3rd least amount of sacks in the league with 2. Ferguson still isn’t a top run blocker, but he did make a jump from his 62nd ranking in 2011 to 39th in 2012(0.1).
It was a lost 2012 for the Jets, with a 6-10 record. It wasn’t a lost year for their left tackle, as Brick came back to the form we have gotten used to, and can’t wait to see when we come back in 2013.