Andrew Whitworth is one of the best pass blocking offensive tackles in the NFL. Holy surprise, Batman. Not really. Everyone, except the mainstream media and analysts, already knew that. According to Pro Football Focus, who accounts for the past three seasons in series they've ran lately, grades Andrew Whitworth as the third-best pass blocking offensive tackle over the course of the last three seasons, using what's called the Pass Blocking Efficiency score.
In their own words, PBE is factored by:
"...first adding sacks to three quarters the value of the total number of hits and hurries then dividing that result by the player’s pass-blocking snaps. Multiply by 100 and subtract that from 100 and you have the PBE. The closer the final result is to 100 the better."
According to their grades, Whitworth scored a 96.76, only a few digits behind Miami's Jake Long and Cleveland's Joe Thomas, who ranked second and first respectively.
Three years is a good sample for Whitworth, who became the team's full-time starting left guard in 2009, replacing Levi Jones. And during his three years, he's taken part in 1,878 snaps in the passing game, allowed only 11 quarterback sacks, 18 hits on the quarterback and 43 hurries.