I took a gander of profootballfocus this morning to look at how they rated the Texans performance in week 2 against the Dolphins. I found a few surprising numbers that I thought were worth talking about. I might make this a weekly series if it proves interesting enough.
Firstly, there was alot of blame placed at the feet of Eric Winston for the pass protection issues Schaub was under during the game. Surprisingly though Winston was not the worst ranked offensive lineman according to PFF's matrix. In fact Winston had an overall score of +1.3 with a pass blocking score of -0.5. So who was the worst? Well the worst overall score went to Wade Smith with a -1.6 and the worst pass blocking score was Chris Myers with a -0.7. Owen Daniels was graded poorly for his blocking as well, credited with 1 QB sack and 1 pressure. The best offensive lineman was Duane Brown with a score of +2.8.
Another thing I found interesting is the situation with Demeco Ryans. Everyone noticed that Ryans came off the field in certain dime and nickel packages and was a shadow of himself, while Cushing had a great game and matching stat line. What if I told you Ryans and Cushing played identical number of snaps, both at 40? It makes the situation look even more dire. Cushing had an overall score of +0.1 and accounted for 9 tackles and 1 QB hit. Ryans had just 2 tackles, 1 QB pressure, 1 QB hit, and 2 missed tackles. Its worrisome.
The highest graded DB? Technically it was Brice McCain with a +0.7 but he only played in 21 snaps. Next was Kareem Jackson with a +0.4 in 52 snaps. The worst should be easy for you to guess, Jason Allen with a god awful -2.4. Something I found interesting was the safeties. Both Manning and Quin played in every defensive snap, 62 in total, but Troy Nolan also played in 20 snaps. This means for 20 plays we had 3 safeties on the field. It will be interesting to go back and watch the film and see if we were in dime for that many plays, because I don't remember the Dolphins spreading us out that much.
In the battle of who can suck worse at the NT position, the winner was Earl Mitchell with an overall grade of -1.3 with Shaun Cody close behind with a -0.7. The best overall defensive performance on the entire unit? Antonio Smith with a +4.0 overall score.