If you’re looking for Pancakes this Holiday Season, then you've come to the right place. The New York Jets Offensive Line can definitely tell you where to find them.
With a star studded cast of characters, the Jets offensive line has quickly risen up the ranks. They have become arguably the best five man front in the NFL.
Is this something anyone can argue? I think not!
The line's tremendous blocking has helped the Jets running game gain a whopping 2756 rushing yards on the season. They lead the league.
Furthermore, the Jets also hold the best rushing stats come every Sunday. They run for 172.2 yards per game. The Baltimore Ravens, the closest playoff team in this statistical category, fall 34.7 yards short of that feat.
But the "O" Line does much more than that. They protect rookie Quarterback Mark Sanchez. In 15 games this season, Sanchez has been sacked 26 times. Okay, the numbers make them 11th, but who’s to say Sanchez isn’t to blame for more than half of those sacks? That's 24 less that Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers individually. That's protection!
Week after week, the New York Jets Offensive Line comes up big for their prima-donna So Cal superstar and their running clique.
When the skinny unfolds, there’s one thing that’s crystal clear. The gang of Nick Mangold, Alan Faneca, Damien Woody, Brandon Moore and D'Brickashaw Ferguson defend Green Street to their fullest. The block exceptionally well and protect the quarterback as if they were strapped.
However, if Pancakes were an NFL stat, the boys in green and white would have another story to tell.
They’d be opening up their own iHop.
Mangold - "The Middle Man"
His career path was drawn out for him at birth. Now does it make sense that Nick Mangold was born in CENTERville, Ohio? Playing in his fourth season out of Ohio State, Mangold was just selected to his second Prow Bowl. Can you believe 28 collegians were drafted before him in 2006? The "Man" has the value of "Gold" as his stock as a premiere NFL Center just keeps on rising. Mangold's toughness, determination and blonde locks represent who he is and who he will continue to be in the years to come, "The Middle Man"!
Faneca - "The Leader"
Alan Faneca was a key signing for the Jets in March of 2008. Little did he know at the time that he would be the highest paid Offensive Lineman of all-time. A true leader on this front of five, Faneca has played in over 170 NFL games. He's beeing ammssing the awards since LSU and has added a 2005 Super Bowl ring and nine Pro Bowl selections to his accomplishments. As you can see, everyone wants to follow "The Leader".
Woody - "The Ringer"
Damien Woody has started in over 130 regular season games in his career. A two time Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots Woody has earned himself the nickname "The Ringer". Drafted with the 17th overall pick in 1999, The Patriots took him out of Boston College and he has flourished ever since. In his second year with Gang Green, Woody has become a staple and has provided needed veteran leadership.
Moore - "The Black Sheep"
Brandon Moore has evolved as a key player on the New York Jets offensive front. But while playing in college ball in Illinois, Moore played on the other side of the ball. As a Defensive End, Moore entered the 2002 NFL Draft and went undrafted. He comes in as "The Black Sheep" being the only OL starter that wasn’t a first rounder. Once playing in the "Highlands" for the Scottish Claymores, Moore now plays in the "Meadowlands” for the New York Jets!
Ferguson - "The Brick"
A New York Native with a big smile, D'Brickashaw Ferguson was taken with the 4th overall in 2006. The Jets drafted him out of Virginia. His dedication to the game has continually enabled him to grow as a player and as has started every game in his four seasons with the Jets. Ferguson's state-wide recognition got a street named after him. In his hometown of Freeport, South Ocean Avenue is also known as D'Brickashaw Ferguson Way. Oh yeah, did I mention that Jim’s Deli in Uniondale named a sandwich after him; "The Brick"!