How can you tell when the offensive line is doing its job?

This is pretty dang impressive.

Georgia is second in all three categories.  It’s also the only team on that list with less than 10% of all its running plays going for zero or negative yards as well as over half its runs going for 5+ yards per attempt.


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11 responses to “How can you tell when the offensive line is doing its job?

  1. Russ

    Bama seems to have some issues running the ball.


  2. Will Adams

    TCU is darn close to having the <10% and >50% claim with 5.7% and 46.6% respectively. And Oklahoma is first in the % of 5+ and 10+ yard carries. I’d take the Dawgs OL any and every day over any other teams though. Especially FU’s which is towards the bottom of the list in all three categories.

    And what’s up with Washington State? Almost 50% of their runs either lose yards or gain 10+ yards. Boom or bust half of the time. That’s kind of perfect considering the type of coach they have in Leach.


    • Anonymous

      Close to 90% of WSU running plays were actually pass plays where the QB checks to a run due to having a numbers advantage in the box. The large line splits put each lineman on an island with their guy. If everyone blocks well, the RB usually has to be tackled by a a Safety. If not everyone blocks well, that defender usually has free space to the RB. Their run game doesn’t rely on dominant OL play.


  3. Jalen Hurts is going to be the third Oklahoma QB in a row to win the Heisman, ain’t he?


  4. Why do the three columns for each team not add up to 100%? Is there a fourth column that’s 20+ or something?

    Anyway, South Carolina and Oklahoma immediately jump out at me….

    And I’m puzzled by Alabama. In the red in every category, but (again) something is missing since their three percentages only add up to 69%…..

    … Does that mean 31% of their run plays go for 20+ yards? Aye aye aye.


    • Bulldog Joe

      Positive gains of less than five yards account for the rest of the percentage.


    • The Truth

      The only runs definitively excluded from the chart are runs from 1-4 yds. The 5+ and 10+ categories need to be better defined — 10+ runs are 5+ runs. To even expect percentages to add up 5+ would have to be defined as 5-9 yds.


  5. Bulldog Joe

    How can you tell when the offensive line is doing its job?

    Calling Fromm’s number for a quarterback sneak on 4th and 2…and getting the first down.


  6. Dawgoholic

    How does this stat account for pass plays turned QB scrambles and runs? Those often have little to do with OL blocking.