Rams offensive line dashboard
One of the more ambiguous areas of NFL statistical analysis is the assessment and evaluation of an offensive line unit. That is simply due to the fact that NFL statistics are designed to measure the activity of the football only. Defensive players tackle the ball carrier, break up the football pass, or intercept the forward pass of the football. Ball carriers run with the football, quarterbacks pass the football, and receivers catch the football.
Offensive linemen never contact the football, and so their performance has often fallen through the cracks. Complicating the matter further, offensive linemen are only noted during the season for bad plays and are heralded at the end of the season with awards. So how can a fan truly know how well offensive linemen are performing?
Standardizing OL statistics
For now, most offensive line statistics are only available with subscriptions or behind paywalls. That doesn’t sit right with me. So I will deliver an LA Rams offensive line dashboard, a panel of statistics from Pro Football Focus (a subscription may be required), Lineups.com, and any other data source that can shed light on the Rams offensive line.
To facilitate the analysis, I will not use statistics that are provided behind a paywall. Rather, I will survey the year-to-date data that is typically available free of charge, and simply make whatever mathematical operation is necessary to reflect player performances on a week-by-week basis.
Since this type of presentation requires a weekly update to be effective, I will be generating a weekly offensive line dashboard to help you assess exactly how well the LA Rams’ offensive linemen are playing. As we gain experience, we will try to refine this basic dashboard with additional characteristics such as home/away, defense quality and ranking, and a number of other additional features to expand the usefulness of the dashboard.
But, for now, let’s familiarize ourselves with what we can determine about the LA Rams blocking in the first two weeks.