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Pass protection rankings

Posted by Chris Brown on June 9, 2011 – 8:55 am

The stat counters and film reviewers at Pro Football Focus have released Part I of their Pass Protection rankings.

They’re going from worst to first and calculated their findings by taking Pressure per play and multiplying it by the average number of pass blockers per play (multiplied by 1,000). Buffalo ranked 20th in the league. Here was their synopsis for the Bills.

20.  Buffalo Bills (1.71)
Improvement from the Bills. Demetrius Bell isn’t even an average left tackle yet, but he was much better than 2009, and Fred Jackson seemed to finally begin to get what picking up the blitz was all about. But players like Cord Howard still get beat far too often, and the interior is all too readily pushed back. That will need to improve. With Ryan Fitzpatrick still at quarterback they at least have a guy who knows how to avoid sacks.

Pressure Per Play Rank: 21st
Sack % of Pressure Rank: 12th
Average Number of Blockers Per Play Rank: 19th

It would seem to me that the PFF folks were unaware that though complementary of Bell they did not realize he was coming off microfracture surgery and did not feel back to 100 percent until after the bye week last season. Cordaro Howard was learning on the fly as an undrafted rookie. The comment about the interior makes one wonder about how the center position might shake out from the 2011 season knowing there will be competition there between Geoff Hangartner and Eric Wood.

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