Over the past few seasons, the New York Jets have been known to have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL year in and year out, with perennial Pro Bowlers Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson leading the way.
Ferguson, a left tackle who was the 4th overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, has been selected to the Pro Bowl each of the past three seasons, while Mangold, a center who was the 29th pick the same year, has made four straight.
However, despite their accolades and their play on the field, it’s not either of those highly-touted perennial All-Stars who can call themselves the most consistent player on that unit.
That honor would go to right guard Brandon Moore (#65, above), a former undrafted free agent who played defensive tackle in college and has established himself as one of the best guards in all of football over the past few seasons.
Regarded by his peers as one of the best in the business, the 32-year-old Moore was finally selected to his first career Pro Bowl in 2011, a long overdue honor with regards to his quality of play over the last few seasons.
Always praised by coaches and teammates for his outstanding run blocking, Brandon Moore has taken his game to another level in recent years, and his play is not going unnoticed.
ProFootballFocus.com, a true must-read site for any football fan, recently ranked what they called “pass blocking efficiency,” which took into account sacks, hurries and total pressures for offensive linemen around the league.
In their three-year sample of pass blocking efficiency for offense guards, a familiar face adorned the top of their ratings: Jets guard Brandon Moore.
According to PFF’s analysis, Moore allowed just two sacks, two quarterback hits, and 34 hurries from 2009 to 2011, for a total of just 38 total pressures in 1585 pass protects, the best among any NFL guard over that three-year period.
For what it’s worth, Alan Faneca, who played left guard for the Jets in 2009, and Matt Slauson, who has played that spot since 2010, both were rated in the bottom seven of those same efficiency rankings.
Admittedly, in 2011, the Jets offensive line as a unit was not up to their usual standard, as anyone who watched closely could easily observe.
With a new starter at right tackle and nagging injuries on the interior line, they did not gel as a unit nearly as smoothly as they had in years past.
But don’t blame Brandon Moore for that. In a year of rough sledding and inconsistency on the offensive line, Moore was the one steady rock that the Jets were able to count on, as he tends to be year in and year out.
Entering the final year of a four-year, $16 million deal in 2012, Brandon Moore will be aiming to put up another stellar season in his 11th season in Green and White, and hopefully for years to come.