Since the Cowboys are the NFL’s version of the Yankees and are on national TV on a near weekly basis I saw this with my own eyes plenty of times. But the stats backed it up. ProFootballFocus rated him 44th out of 77 qualifying tackles, which I think is generous.
This season Adams is playing right tackle for the Steelers. And apparently some folks think he’s playing it very well.
ProFootballTalk followed up on an article by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News praising Adams for his play this season. PFT called him a “prototypical right tackle.” Gosselin said he was “thriving in his new surroundings.”
Apparently they haven’t watched the Steelers much this season. Or looked at his stats.
Even last season in Dallas, Adams was an adequate – if not above average – run blocker. But the man is a serious liability in pass protection. That is what got him booted from the Cowboys, and why he is struggling in Pittsburgh.
This season, according to the stats compiled by the fine folks at ProFootballFocus, Adams has allowed a sack, hit or pressure on 10.4 percent of the pass plays in which he has been on the field. Among the 164 offensive linemen that have participated in at least 125 pass plays, that is the 8th-worst percentage.
I wouldn’t say there’s anything “thriving” or “prototypical” about those numbers.
Perhaps Adams only looks good to some because the man playing opposite him, Max Starks, has the 5th-worst percentage. However, Adams is replacing the injured Willie Colon who had a stellar season in Pittsburgh last year. So anyone paying attention to the right side of the Steelers line should notice the obvious downgrade.
The undeserving praise suddenly heaped on Adams just calls attention to the lack of knowledgeable football writers out there. Putting together a good story is one skill, actually understanding the game of football is another.