Where did Texans' O-line rank in 2012?

Where did Texans' O-line rank in 2012?
January 28, 2013, 6:30 pm
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The Texans sent nine players to the Pro Bowl this past weekend and three came from the offensive line.

So the Texans' offensive line had to be one of the best in the entire NFL right?

Well, not quite.

ProFootballFocus.com released their list of the top offensive lines of 2012 and ranked the Texans at No. 10, down from No. 5 from a year ago. While the Texans had three Pro Bowlers on the line, they all came from the left side -- left tackle Duane Brown, left guard Wade Smith and center Chris Myers.

Brown is the best offensive lineman on the team. He earned his first Pro Bowl bid and was also a first-teamer on the All Pro team.

"There isn’t a more complete left tackle in the game at the moment than Duane Brown," PFF wrote. "His athleticism is left on the field for all to see, in a way you don’t often imagine from men his size."

PFF ranks players on a play-by-play basis and Brown's year rating was a 35.6, good for second among all NFL tackles, behind San Francisco's Joe Staley.

While Brown was that good, right tackle Derek Newton was pretty bad, according to the PFF number. Newton was a negative-8.7 in 2012 as he filled in for the departed Eric Winston. Newton wasn't very good but he was injured for much of the season. PFF didn't mention Ben Jones by name but the rookie right guard struggled plenty at times during the season.

"They lost two starters and it showed at times against bigger and better defenses," PFF wrote. "Still, the duo of Chris Myers and Duane Brown excelled and they rarely let their quarterback feel pressure. All things considered, it could have been a lot worse."

The 49ers were ranked as the best offensive line in football after being 20th last season.