Arizona Cardinals Offensive Line

Three weeks ago, I took a look at the Detroit Lions offensive line and the Rams were able to pull out a victory in Detroit.  Last week, I did not cover the New Orleans Saints offensive line and the Rams loss.  Coincidence?  Absolutely, but it never hurts, right?

The Arizona Cardinals have started the same 5 players at the same positions along their offensive line in 2009.

Mike Gandy at Left Tackle, Reggie Wells at Left Guard, Kyle Sendlein at Center, Deuce Lutui at Right Guard and Levi Brown at Right Tackle.

Let’s take a look at the Pro Football Focus numbers and some Football Outsiders numbers for these guys after the jump.

LT Mike Gandy has a pass blocking score of -12 and 8 penalties assessed against him.  Gandy gives up a QB sack, a QB hit or a QB hit on about 10% of pass plays.

LG Reggie Wells is -9.4 on pass blocking and -1.2 on run blocking, so the left side of the line looks a little bit vulnerable for Chris Long.

C Kyle Sendlein has an average score of -3.2, which could be the result of centers being more anonymous in the pass blocking schemes.

RG Deuce Lutui – who has one of the best names in football, has the best run blocking score of 2.8.

RT Levi Brown has the worst score on the Cardinals with -22, but has had success in the run game.  Just like Mike Gandy, Brown gives up a QB sack, a QB hit or a QB hit on about 10% of pass plays.

Not coincidentally, Football Outsiders has the Arizona Cardinals running 62% of their runs to Middle or Right Tackle, however, the Cardinals rank 22nd and 21st in the NFL in those two spots respectively.

Football Outsiders has the Cardinals with an Adjusted Sack Rate of 5.0%, which is good enough for 9th in the NFL.  That is a solid percentage and is more than likely born out of the fact that the Cardinals throw so much, so a few sacks given up is not a huge percentage of pass plays.

However, on running plays, their Adjusted Line Yards is 4.1 yards, which is one spot above the Rams in the middle of the pack in the NFL.  That is solid, but their Power Success is only 47% and their Stuffed Percent is 23%.

In the end, Pro Football Focus does not like the Arizona Cardinals offensive line because they allow a lot of QB pressures and QB hits and they struggle in run blocking.  Football Outsiders is looking at the sack rate stat, and seeing a successful pass protecting offensive line and a struggling run blocking unit.

The Arizona Cardinals are going to run a lot of pass plays on Sunday, so we will get to see how well their offensive line can hold up.  Can the Rams depleted defensive line get to Warner?  Is the Cardinals offensive line as bad at some of the numbers look?


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