How much have O-lines been together?

Pro Football Focus looks very closely on who’s on the field when, and thanks to them we are able to look at how many offensive line combinations each of our teams have used.

Here’s a breakdown of how much each team has been able to use its preferred combination of offensive line personnel.


Preferred combination (L-R): Duane Brown, Wade Smith, Chris Myers, Antoine Caldwell, Derek Newton.

Snaps together: 181 of 338 (54 percent)

Total combinations: 5

My thoughts: The Texans are using Ryan Harris some at right tackle and Ben Jones at right guard by design, so this is less telling than it is for everyone else who wants to have the same five all the time.


Preferred combination (L-R): Anthony Castonzo, Joe Reitz, Samson Satele, Mike McGlynn, Winston Justice.

Snaps together: 0 of 290

Total combinations: 6

My thoughts: Reitz hurt his ankle in the preseason and hasn’t played. His replacement, Seth Olsen, is not on IR with the possibility of being reactivated later. The four starters with Olson have played 59 of 290 snaps, 20 percent.


Preferred combination (L-R): Eugene Monroe, Eben Britton, Brad Meester, Uche Nwaneri, Cameron Bradfield.

Snaps together: 102 of 278 (37 percent)

Total combinations: 6

My thoughts: I think they would have probably been better off with Will Rackley, but the left guard was hurt in the preseason and is on IR. There were strong, early indications the team was heading toward the above configuration even if Rackley was healthy, so we’re using it as the preferred combo.


Preferred combination (L-R): Michael Roos, Steve Hutchinson, Fernando Velasco, Leroy Harris, David Stewart.

Snaps together: 266 of 291 (91 percent)

Total combinations: 4

My thoughts: Eugene Amano was in line to be the center until a preseason arm injury put him on IR. You’d like a line that’s been healthy and together basically the whole season to be playing far better than this one has.