The New England Patriots’ offensive line has been shuffled and re-shuffled throughout the season. It has seen four different starting centers, three left tackles, three right tackles, and three left guards see significant playing time. At right guard, Brian Waters (a Pro Bowler this year) stepped in Week 1 after not taking part in training camp and was able to anchor that position. In fact, he has been the team’s most consistent lineman, despite missing the preseason work, a true testament to him as a player.
Despite this, the offensive line has been nominated for the Prilosec Madden Protectors Award, an award which will ultimately be decided by the fans.
Here are the criteria for nomination of this award:
Criteria for selecting the season-ending Madden Protectors Award winner is a combination of John Madden’s analysis, fan voting and offensive line performance statistics including:
» Total Sacks Allowed
» Total QB hits allowed
» Total Rushing Yards during the regular season
» Total Passing Yards during the regular season
» Rush Power Success — Successful runs on third or fourth down with two or fewer yards to go for a FD/TD + runs of first- or second-and goal-from 2-yard line or closer
» Number of O-linemen picked for Pro Bowl roster (number picked, not number attending)
The Patriots won the Madden Protectors Award last year. Want to make it two in a row? Vote for the Patriots’ offensive line HERE.