Green Bay Packers: Analyzing the Offensive Line, Part I

February 25, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In doing an analysis of an offensive line, most fans look only as far as sacks yielded. On this point, the Packers would appear to have the worst line in football, and many of its fans have been conditioned to think that.
A good editorial would also include things such as how good a runner the quarterback is, how many times he dropped back to pass, and if (like Aaron Rodgers) he had an issue with holding onto the ball too long.
The problem with this approach is it leads to conjecture, not analysis—it fosters, as my good friend Mark likes to say (and then exhibit himself...sorry, couldn’t resist), biases. It is very hard to quantify factors of this nature, and there tend to be points to be made each way.
For instance, Rodgers was the most mobile quarterback to start more than 10 games this year by some accounts, leading the league in rushing at the position. He was also widely considered the worst (or perhaps better than only Ben Roethlisberger) at holding the ball. (...

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