ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 18: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals hands there ball off to Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 18, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Bengals beat the Rams 20-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The gang at Pro Football Focus published the second half of their offensive line rankings, taking season-long grades and comparing them to the rest of the league. The worst was the Chicago Bears, posting a combined -116.1 grade for 2011. To put that in perspective, that's like having ten Nate Livings' on the team. The best was the New Orleans Saints, led by Carl Nicks' (+28.4). To put that in perspective, that's like having no Nate Livings' on the team.
Obviously your rubbing clammy hands together, wondering just where our boys landed. Thankfully we're awesome enough to tell you. Pro Football Focus ranked the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive line 13th.
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The Bengals had some problems at right guard without Bobbie Williams on the field. Clint Boling struggled in the first four games and Mike McGlynn wasn’t overly impressive when he came in at the end of the season. What happens at the guard spots will be something to watch going forward, as the line as a whole did an excellent job in putting Andy Dalton in a position to succeed.
Best Player: It remains Andrew Whitworth (+11.0) who had some problems with his run blocking brought on by a mid-season knee injury, but was one of the finest pass protectors in all the league.
Worst Player: Left Guard Nate Livings (-10.4) had some fine moments (especially his shut down of Antonio Smith in Week 14), but was all too often capable of being beaten like a drum. Ahtyba Rubins’ handling of him in Week 12 is a solid example of this.