Pro Football Focus do a lot of great work, some people like them, some people don't. I have contradictory thoughts based on the statistic I'm reading, but overall they are a great resource for football fans and football writers.
Last night PFF revealed it's offensive line rankings post week 8 of the season. The Jets currently sit at 4-3, and their play-off aspirations are very much alive with the second tier of the AFC really struggling. However the offensive line is getting worse and worse, and it's to a point where it could become a problem.
Following week 5, the Jets offensive line were sitting at 14th, not great, not bad, probably a little better than we had first feared. However in just three weeks, they have fallen by 7 places.
21. New York Jets (14th)
Pass blocking rank: 18th
Run blocking rank: 21st
Penalties rank: 12th
Stud: No real studs here, but James Carpenter (69.7) has proven to be a solid pickup.
Dud: Struggling in the run and pass game, Breno Giacomini (39.8) hasn't had his best year.
Summary: You always wonder, when aging players stop playing as well as they have in the past, if that's the start of their decline. Given that Nick Mangold and D'Brickashaw Ferguson have been such big parts of this line for so long, you worry which direction this unit is heading.
Now we have to remember that Mangold did not play last week, and as a result the team is always going to take a step back. We've also experienced some injuries to Willie Colon who actually started the season very well.
I don't think it's a stretch to say that Breno has disappointed since joining from the Seahawks. However Ferguson is also experiencing some troubles, being credited with allowing 1 sack, 6 hits and 16 hurries. The problem is he grades out negatively with both pass and run blocking. He has fallen significantly since his pro bowl years.
Lets hope the downward trend doesn't continue over the 2nd half of the season.