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2011 Offensive Line Review and Ratings: NFC Teams
John Tuvey
August 18, 2011
 
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Baltimore Houston Buffalo Denver Chicago Atlanta Dallas Arizona
Cincinnati Indianapolis Miami Kansas City Detroit Carolina New York St. Louis
Cleveland Jacksonville New England Oakland Green Bay New Orleans Philadelphia San Francisco
Pittsburgh Tennessee New York San Diego Minnesota Tampa Bay Washington Seattle

Arizona Cardinals

Year Sacks Allowed Sacked Rank RB Rush Yards Rush Yards Per Game Per Game Rush Rank Per Carry Average Per Carry Rank
2008 28 11 1,101 68.8 32 3.6 31
2009 26 6 1,423 88.9 23 4.3 12
2010 50 30 1,274 79.6 29 4.3 12

Year Left Tackle Left Guard Center Right Guard Right Tackle
2008 M.Gandy R.Wells A.Johnson D.Lutui L.Brown
2009 M.Gandy R.Wells L.Sendlein D.Lutui/B.Keith L.Brown
2010 L.Brown A.Faneca L.Sendlein D.Lutui B.Keith
2011 L.Brown D.Colledge L.Sendlein D.Lutui B.Keith
* Pro Bowler; (r) Rookie

Arizona returns four starters from last year’s line; the bad news is, they were awful last year. Darren Colledge replaces the retired Alan Faneca on a line that is slightly below average in pass protection, except at left tackle where Levi Brown struggles mightily. Even if Deuce Lutui gets into shape this could be the worst run-blocking line in the NFC.

FANTASY SPIN: This line won’t help Beanie Wells shed the bust label, and it won’t do Ryan Williams any favors either. Kevin Kolb better keep his head on a swivel.

RUN BLOCKING: D
PASS BLOCKING: D+
RETURNING REGULARS: 4
OVERALL GRADE: D

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Atlanta Falcons

Year Sacks Allowed Sacked Rank RB Rush Yards Rush Yards Per Game Per Game Rush Rank Per Carry Average Per Carry Rank
2008 17 5 2,266 141.6 3 4.6 6
2009 27 8 1,761 110.1 11 4.3 11
2010 23 3 1,772 110.8 8 4.0 20

Year Left Tackle Left Guard Center Right Guard Right Tackle
2008 S.Baker J.Blalock T.McClure K.Forney T.Clabo
2009 S.Baker J.Blalock T.McClure H.Dahl T.Clabo
2010 S.Baker J.Blalock T.McClure H.Dahl T.Clabo*
2011 S.Baker J.Blalock T.McClure M.Johnson T.Clabo
* Pro Bowler, (r) Rookie

The Falcons won’t win any beauty contests, but they’re a cohesive and extremely effective unit. GM Thomas Dimitroff preserved most of that continuity by re-signing Justin Blalock and Tyson Clabo, but guard Harvey Dahl left for St. Louis. 2010 third-rounder Mike Johnson will be asked to replace Dahl’s nasty despite not being active for a single game last season.

FANTASY SPIN: Matt Ryan will have time to find Roddy White and Julio Jones, Michael Turner will get room to run; should be business as usual in Atlanta.

RUN BLOCKING: B
PASS BLOCKING: B+
RETURNING REGULARS: 4
OVERALL GRADE: B+

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