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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Joyner judges Jets O-line among league's elite


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

KC Joyner, the football stat wizard who finds ways to quantify the previously unquantifiable, thinks the New York Jets might have the best offensive line in the NFL.

Joyner, for the New York Times' NFL blog, "The Fifth Down," recently attempted to determine which Meadowlands squad had the better O-line group.

In the process, he came to the conclusion the Jets were better than the Giants up front and might be the class of the league.

"Going into this, I would have thought the Giants would have won this hands down, but the metrics show that isn't the case," Joyner writes.

Joyner conducted a position-by-position comparison based on point-of-attack win percentage and yards per carry (run blocking) and a formula that factors sacks allowed, quarterback hits, holding penalties and batted throws (pass protection).

He gave the Jets the edge at left tackle (D'Brickashaw Ferguson over David Diehl), center (Nick Mangold over Shaun O'Hara) and right tackle (Damien Woody over Kareem McKenzie).

Jets left guard Alan Faneca is a perennial Pro Bowler, but Rich Seubert's numbers were better last year. Jets right guard Brandon Moore is a serviceable starter, but he didn't stand a chance in matching up with All-Pro Chris Snee.