Duane Brown — B
The best man on the line picked tonight to have one of his worst games of the season. He gave up penetration to Rob Ninkovich and Trevor Scott for a sack and a couple of QB hits.
He was the only lineman to get to the edge and seal it off for the running game, but that is not enough to compensate for getting beaten to the outside several times.
Ryan Harris — D
When your play makes us yearn for the return of Derek Newton, you can rest assured your dunce cap and corner stool are waiting. Harris was consistently overwhelmed by rookie Chandler Jones and easily handled every time he tried to turn the corner on the running game.
Chris Myers — B-
Myers has a rookie to his right and a marginal veteran to his left, and calls the blocking assignments to boot. Despite all this, he still has to be able to pick up the linebacker when he shoots up the middle.
For the last four weeks, this responsibility has escaped your grasp too often. Jerod Mayo is supposed to clean up the second level when the running backs come through. But he shot past Myers twice in this game, and could have killed Schaub the second time if Matt had not see him coming.
Wade Smith — C-
Vince Wilfork and Kevin Love tossed Smith around like a sack of packing peanuts, pushing him into the pocket whenever they felt like it. The rushing gained up the middle of the line could not have amounted more than 20 yards for the entire game. Smith is a large part of the reason why.
Ben Jones — C
Jones suffered the same assignment and the same fate as Smith and Myers. He receives a slightly higher grade because his rookie status implies a learning curve that he is trying to exceed. He has also switched from his natural position at center to fill in for Antoine Caldwell, which gives him some benefit of the doubt.
Andrew Gardner — C+
Perhaps he should not be grouped with the linemen since he was subbing as the third tight end. Gardner even had a pass thrown in his direction. It could be the first and last time in his career he sees that happen.