10 Worst NFL Offensive Lines in 2011

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10 Worst NFL Offensive Lines in 2011
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Welcome back to those who read the first part of the offensive line series counting down the 10 best offensive lines from last year.

Using a unique combination of sources and statistical information, I was able to generate a scoring system in order to determine the best and worst offensive lines in the NFL in 2011.

The ranking of each offensive line was accomplished by adding together numerous key statistics as well as factoring in individual productivity and success.  The elements that were considered for the total scoring system are:

  • Sacks allowed
  • QB hits allowed
  • Total rush yards
  • Average yards per carry
  • Negative play to big-play ratio (total rushing plays for a loss of yards vs. total rushing plays of 10-plus yards)
  • NFL.com's power percentage average. (Percentage of rushes on third or fourth down with two or fewer yards to go that achieved a first down or TD. Also includes rushes on 1st-and-goal and 2nd-and-goal from the opponent's 2-yard line or closer.)
  • Individual player production created from combining profootballfocus.com, Matt Miller's Bleacher Report rankings of the top offensive linemen in the NFL and Pat Kirwan's article "Protect and Serve: NFL's Best O-linemen Come in All Forms"—which took opinions from three NFL offensive line coaches to go along with his own. 

All of these individual elements were brought together with a formula adding greater weight to more applicable categories to create a total score for each team's offensive line. 

And so, I bring to you the 10 worst offensive lines of 2011.


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