There's been question about the Bengals offensive line lately. Pro Football Weekly posted this little nugget:
If you take Adjusted Line Yards -- formula that takes all running back carries and assigns responsibility to the offensive line based on the percentages (losses=120%, 0-4 yards=100%, 5-10 yards=50%, 11+ yards=0%) adjusting them on down, distance, situation and opponent -- the Bengals are 26th in the league with a 3.90. [Football Outsiders' OL metrics]
For comparison's sake, the Bengals had an Adjusted Line Yards of 4.51 in 2005 -- ranked fourth -- and 4.43 in 2006 -- ranked 10th.
Rudi Fact #1: Rudi Johnson is averaging 1.2 yards less than his previous per-carry low (3.8) in 2006.
Rudi Fact #2: Rudi Johnson's last four games: 52 carries, 74 yards.
The Bengals can not run the ball. That's evident with Rudi's (2.6) yards per carry. And no, I don't know why they don't use Kenny Watson's 4.4 yards-per-carry more often. How many times have we seen Eric Ghiaciuc's guy shed off the block and make the stop at the line of scrimmage. Remember Sunday's game when Andrew Whitworth's guy pushed him back into the Rudi Johnson? When I say that Rudi is dancing in the backfield all the time, a majority of the time is because there's a defender in his face.
And yes, I believe losing Eric Steinbach hurt big time. It also hurts that neither Levi Jones or Willie Anderson have played healthy. Stacy Andrews worked mostly during camp and preseason at guard. Now he's playing tackle for an injured Anderson.