ARLINGTON TX - DECEMBER 12: Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a touchdown with Jason Peters #71 in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 12 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Pro Football Focus has been continuing their series on pass blocking and QB pressures for the past few weeks and today they published a list of the most efficient pass blocking tackles in the NFL. Their formula is fairly simple and encompasses all the bad things that could happen when a pass blocker faces a pass rusher. A sack, a hit or a hurry. They weight these differently and divide them by the total number of pass protection snaps. For more on the formula, definitely check out the article.
Focusing on the Eagles however, the news is good. Among left tackles, Jason Peters ranked 7th in the NFL in their pass protection efficiency metric. Eagles fans probably won't be surprised at this f they watched him the second half of last year. Peters was dominant. It was noticeable given how he had played in 2009 and for parts of the first half of 2010.
Two years ago, he made the pro bowl, but it may very well have been on reputation. He took too many penalties and was inconsistent in pass protection. Early last year, we saw some of the same problems, however after he had midseason knee surgery, he came back looking like a different player. The penalties were dramatically decreased, as was any pressure coming from his side. If he comes into next season fully healthy, he could very well find himself even higher on this list.
Also on the top LTs list was Cowboys' Doug Free, who finished in 5th. Among the bottom 15 as far as pass blocking efficiency? Giants LT David Diehl (third worst) and Washington's Trent Williams (9th worst).
On the other side, Winston Justice did not show up on the top or the bottom lists, but one Eagles RT surprisingly did. King Dunlap. To qualify for the list, a tackle had to have been a part of 200 pass plays. Dunlap evidently was and performed rather well. He showed up as the 13th most efficient pass blocking RTs in the NFL.