Last week, the AFC North blog had a post on Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton taking too many sacks. David from Boston then sent a note to the mailbag asking who is responsible for the other Bengals' sacks.
Assigning sacks allowed is very subjective because no one can accurately place blame on an offensive lineman, tight end or running back unless they know the assignments and blocking scheme called. But the people at Pro Football Focus and Pro Football Weekly (which sadly announced its demise a few days ago) do a great job at tracking the sacks given up by offensive linemen.
According to both sites, right tackle Andre Smith led the Bengals with seven sacks allowed, which is about 15 percent of Cincinnati's total. In comparison, Pro Football Focus said Dalton was responsible for taking nine sacks last season.
Here's an offensive line breakdown of sacks allowed for the Bengals:
Pro Football Focus: 5 sacks and no quarterback hits
Pro Football Weekly: 4 sacks
LG Clint Boling
Pro Football Focus: 6 sacks and two QB hits
Pro Football Weekly: 6 sacks
Pro Football Focus: 1 sack and three QB hits/3 sacks and no hits
Pro Football Weekly: 2 sacks/3 sacks
Pro Football Focus: 4 sacks and one QB hit
Pro Football Weekly: 4.5 sacks
RT Andre Smith
Pro Football Focus: 7 sacks and two QB hits
Pro Football Weekly: 7.5 sacks