Faine Tops Turnstile List, Zuttah ShinesJune 15th, 2011
The obsessive stat geeks at ProFootballFocus.com have completed poring over endless NFL game film to come up with another one of their homemade stats: pass blocking efficiency.
Now Joe rarely takes their data too seriously, but it’s always interesting, sometimes useful, and at times shines a harsh or happy spotlight on a player.
Today, Jeff Faine gets their Sean Mahan award. Their pass blocking analysis tags entrepreur/captain Faine as the worst pass blocking center in the NFL by a significant margin in 2010. He played in eight games (24o passing blocking snaps). Yet Jeremy Zuttah checks in as the seventh best (443 snaps).
As for guards, Davin Joseph and Ted Larsen are ranked as the fourth and sixth worst, respectively.
Now that probably proves Raheem Morris’ line that stats are for losers. The Bucs finished 10-6, which is all that matters, and Josh Freeman wasn’t exactly running for his life all the time.
But one has to wonder if Faine could find himself on the bench or off the Bucs. He earns five times Zuttah’s salary, is five years older, and simply may not be better. He’s certainly not as durable.
There’s no need for the Bucs to hurt their depth by cutting Faine, but would the captain embrace a reserve role?