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    this was posted by galaxy on the **edited** on another message board.

    He has some good points on Barron and goes with the numbers. He also has some very confusing stuff that I had no clue what he was talking about. In all it makes allot of sense.

    One of the continuing disagreements on the forum is Alex Barron. I've read posts ranging from “Just cut the bum” to “He is solid” (all from respectable posters, not the loons).

    So I set about looking at the numbers, at least as much as we can for a lineman.

    The following table are the RT listed in the depth chart on the Washington Post. I use the post because it has lineman stats. I know some of the stats for given players were generated on other teams last year, and even at other positions, such is the limitation of time. Two players show 2006 numbers as they were injured, but have a strong amount of history.
    • Langston Walker Bills GS 16 Sacks: 2.25 Yards 17.75 Pen 3 Yards: 30 Pick: 53
      Willie Anderson (2006) Bengals GS 16 Sacks: 3 Yards 15 Pen 4 Yards: 25 Pick: 10
      Alex Barron Rams GS 16 Sacks: 3.5 Yards 28.5 Pen 13 Yards: 81 Pick: 19 Eric Winston Texans GS 16 Sacks: 3.5 Yards 24.5 Pen 7 Yards: 35 Pick: 66
      Sean Locklear Seahawks GS 16 Sacks: 4 Yards 16 Pen 2 Yards: 15 Pick: 84
      Marc Colombo Cowboys GS 16 Sacks: 4 Yards 19 Pen 10 Yards: 50 Pick: 29
      Kevin Shaffer Browns GS 16 Sacks: 4 Yards 16 Pen 4 Yards: 25 Pick: 245
      Kareem McKenzie Giants GS 16 Sacks: 4 Yards 29 Pen 2 Yards: 15 Pick: 79
      Jon Stinchcomb Saints GS 16 Sacks: 5 Yards 39 Pen 4 Yards: 20 Pick: 37
      Jon Runyan Eagles GS 16 Sacks: 5.5 Yards 13.5 Pen 0 Yards: 0 Pick: 109
      Mark Tauscher Packers GS 16 Sacks: 6 Yards 31.5 Pen 5 Yards: 40 Pick: 224
      Erik Pears Broncos GS 16 Sacks: 6.5 Yards 39 Pen 5 Yards: 35 Pick: N/A
      Ryan Cook Vikings GS 16 Sacks: 7 Yards 37 Pen 5 Yards: 38 Pick: 51
      Jeremy Trueblood Buccs GS 16 Sacks: 7.5 Yards 55.5 Pen 8 Yards: 55 Pick: 59
      Joe Staley ***** GS 16 Sacks: 9 Yards 55 Pen 4 Yards: 25 Pick: 28
      Willie Colon Steelers GS 16 Sacks: 12.25 Yards 86.75 Pen 7 Yards: 45 Pick: 131
      Jon Jansen (2006) Redskins GS 15 Sacks: 4 Yards 23 Pen 8 Yards: 50 Pick: 38
      David Stewart Titans GS 15 Sacks: 5 Yards 34.5 Pen 2 Yards: 20 Pick: 113
      Nick Kaczur Patriots GS 15 Sacks: 6.5 Yards 31.5 Pen 2 Yards: 10 Pick: 100
      Tony Pashos Jaguars GS 15 Sacks: 7.5 Yards 37 Pen 6 Yards: 42 Pick: 173
      Marshal Yanda Ravens GS 12 Sacks: 4 Yards 31 Pen 5 Yards: 35 Pick: 86
      Levi Brown Cardinals GS 11 Sacks: 8 Yards 46.5 Pen 5 Yards: 25 Pick: 5
      Ryan Diem Colts GS 10 Sacks: 2 Yards 8 Pen 7 Yards: 45 Pick: 118
      Jeremy Bridges Panthers GS 10 Sacks: 4 Yards 24 Pen 3 Yards: 15 Pick: 185
      Cornell Green Raiders GS 10 Sacks: 7 Yards 41 Pen 8 Yards: 40 Pick: N/A
      Damien Woody Jets GS 8 Sacks: 1 Yards 12 Pen 5 Yards: 25 Pick: 17
      Todd Weiner Falcons GS 7 Sacks: 2.5 Yards 8.5 Pen 5 Yards: 35 Pick: 49
      Jeromey Clary Chargers GS 6 Sacks: 2 Yards 1 Pen 5 Yards: 35 Pick: 187
      John St. Clair Bears GS 5 Sacks: 1 Yards 10 Pen 3 Yards: 15 Pick: 96
      Will Svitek Chiefs GS 4 Sacks: 7 Yards 43 Pen 3 Yards: 15 Pick: 187
      Jonathan Scott Lions GS 2 Sacks: 2 Yards 12 Pen 2 Yards: 15 Pick: 141
      Julius Wilson Dolphins GS 0 Sacks: 0 Yards 0 Pen 0 Yards: 0 Pick: N/A

    Sorry for the display.. Never can get this site to use the code I know (which isn't much). Ok, the initial list is sorted by starts and then sacks allowed.

    Clearly, Barron did a pretty good job of not surrendering sacks last year. But one of his biggest knocks is penalties. There is truth there. Barron was the most penalized of the players on the list, for the most yards (and it wasn't even close). Pace averages 1 penalty every other game for his career, Barron averages 1 every single game.

    So how do you equate sacks to penalties? If you combine sack yards & penalty yards, Barron is 3rd worst on the list, having been responsible for 109.5 yards in negative progress last year.

    But it is also true a penalty is not as bad as a sack, as there is no loss of down, no hit on the QB, and no chance of a fumble. So I redid the list giving sack yardage double weight (sacks yards x 2 + penalty yards)*.66 to get a weighted yards, then divided that by games started to get a "negative yards per game" for each player. I then snipped it at 10 starts or more to avoid some funky anamolies:
    • Jon Runyan Eagles 1.1
      Sean Locklear Seahawks 1.9
      Willie Anderson (2006) Bengals 2.3
      Kevin Shaffer Browns 2.4
      Langston Walker Bills 2.7
      Kareem McKenzie Giants 3.0
      Nick Kaczur Patriots 3.2
      Eric Winston Texans 3.5
      Marc Colombo Cowboys 3.6
      David Stewart Titans 3.9
      Ryan Diem Colts 4.0
      Jon Stinchcomb Saints 4.0
      Jeremy Bridges Panthers 4.2
      Jon Jansen (2006) Redskins 4.2
      Mark Tauscher Packers 4.2
      Ryan Cook Vikings 4.6
      Erik Pears Broncos 4.7
      Tony Pashos Jaguars 5.1
      Marshal Yanda Ravens 5.3
      Joe Staley ***** 5.6
      Alex Barron Rams 5.7
      Jeremy Trueblood Buccs 6.8
      Levi Brown Cardinals 7.1
      Cornell Green Raiders 8.1
      Willie Colon Steelers 9.0

    21st of 25 guys.. Not too inspiring

    How about a different spin.. A sack or a penalty can be a drive killer. So this time the total sacks + penalties divided by games started:
    • Langston Walker Bills 0.33
      Jon Runyan Eagles 0.34
      Sean Locklear Seahawks 0.38
      Kareem McKenzie Giants 0.38
      Willie Anderson (2006) Bengals 0.44
      David Stewart Titans 0.47
      Kevin Shaffer Browns 0.5
      Jon Stinchcomb Saints 0.56
      Nick Kaczur Patriots 0.57
      Eric Winston Texans 0.66
      Mark Tauscher Packers 0.69
      Jeremy Bridges Panthers 0.7
      Erik Pears Broncos 0.72
      Ryan Cook Vikings 0.75
      Marshal Yanda Ravens 0.75
      Jon Jansen (2006) Redskins 0.8
      Joe Staley ***** 0.81
      Marc Colombo Cowboys 0.88
      Ryan Diem Colts 0.9
      Tony Pashos Jaguars 0.9
      Jeremy Trueblood Buccs 0.97
      Alex Barron Rams 1.03
      Levi Brown Cardinals 1.18
      Willie Colon Steelers 1.2
      Cornell Green Raiders 1.5

    21st again out of 25.

    Interesting note: Pace who many consider a HOF candidate for his career comes out at 5.5 negative yards per game (vs Barrons 5.7) and .89 total sacks+penalties per game (vs Barrons 1.03)

    Up until now this has been all pass & penalty, but how about rushing? The best we can do is look at yards per carry by direction, while understanding cutbacks occur, and an OT isn't the sole blocker.

    In 2007, Barron played almost entirely at LT. Jackson's YPC? Left Sideline 2.2, Left 2.7, Middle 4.3, Right 6.6, Right Sidline 4.1

    In 2006 Barron was a RT all year. Jackson's YPC? Left Sideline 2.5, Left 4.4, Middle 5.5, Right 3.4, Right Sidline 4.8

    Looking at the two years, the difference in YPC when Barron played on the given side:
    Left Sideline -0.3 , Left -1.7, Right -3.2, Right Sidline +0.7

    That's a bit too much coincidence to be coincidence.

    I've been a fan of Barron (more of the he is a solid RT), but given the numbers I might need to do more thinking.
    Last edited by RamWraith; -03-25-2008, 04:43 AM.

  • #2
    Re: Something interesting on Barron

    i dont think Barron will be cut but i cant see him signing a second contract with us at this point!


    • #3
      Re: Something interesting on Barron

      He does a good job, just causing penalties is a slight issue.


      • #4
        Re: Something interesting on Barron

        giving away penalties is a drive killer tho!


        • #5
          Re: Something interesting on Barron

          A nice, thoughtful post by that dude. I don't think anyone is claiming that Barron has no talent or isn't good, but this analysis shows that relative to his peers he under performs. The thing I wonder is how much of this is a motivational issue and how much of it is the fact that he is just not as talented as people hoped coming into the draft. I hope we draft a tackle high this year and then see how he responds to the pressure.


          • #6
            Re: Something interesting on Barron

            most people have a problem with his penalties, not his blocking

            however, for a former round one draft pick, his blocking isnt up to scratch


            • #7
              Re: Something interesting on Barron

              Should have moved up for Brown. If J. Slater can't get the kid up to snuff than I don't know if there is much hope. He could be one wopping nose tackle. It's probably the only way he doesn't jump offsides, if the ball is right in front of his face.
              sigpicMaybe not now, but soon.


              • #8
                Re: Something interesting on Barron

                Barron IMO is solid, not bad but he could be very good! If he could stop all the penalties.
                I still think we will end up with Jake Long.


                Maybe the Rams might try moving Barron not Jake inside. Barron always looks like he is going early, so he does not get beat. IMO Jake Long would beat him out easy.
                Last edited by Rambos; -03-26-2008, 08:05 AM.


                • #9
                  Re: Something interesting on Barron

                  It's not actually the penalties- it's the kind of penalty and the fact that he gets it over and over. If it were holding, you can say that he's being beat and needs to compensate, but the fact that he just can't seem to understand a snap count, is just plain scary. A lot of those penalties came at home, so you can't blame crowd noise.


                  • #10
                    Re: Something interesting on Barron

                    i say trade him for a draft pick to someone just in DYER need of a LT and use that pick to grab a better lineman in the draft . i'm sure we could find someone just as good in the 2nd rd .


                    • #11
                      Re: Something interesting on Barron

                      Sure Kilnk, but who are you going to find who'll give us a second round pick for him? I'd expect a mid third, and only because of his youth.

                      He's really not that bad, he really just needs to pay attention more. Seriously, the guy would be dominant if he was coached better, to tell you the truth. He's not out matched by the opponents, so he has the ability, he just needs to be coached up to his potential.
                      I believe!:ram:


                      • #12
                        Re: Something interesting on Barron

                        Barron just needs to relax. I think his rookie year he tried to hard, then last year with all the injuries to the O line he was being looked at as the anchor and he just wasn't ready for that.

                        Watch out for year 3. I think he'll do just fine if he just relaxes and plays the game.


                        • #13
                          Re: Something interesting on Barron

                          Barron .... needs to relax. ...he tried to hard
                          Wow, never thought I'd hear that.
                          The more things change, the more they stay the same.


                          • #14
                            Re: Something interesting on Barron

                   know me. Always got a throw a spin in there that someone may not have thought of. However, I think he was "thinking" more than just "playing". React young man, just react.


                            • #15
                              Re: Something interesting on Barron

                              I think Barron would benefit greatly from moving to guard. False starts on tackles can often mean they are trying to compensate or are worried about the pass rush. Leonard Davis had the same problem when playing tackle compared to guard. I'm not saying all of Barron's problems are because of this but if he cut's down on the penalties at all, that's a good thing.


                              I would really like to see that lineup for the Rams.


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                              • yellow and blue
                                by yellow and blue
                                Get OUT!

                                All this kid is good.. er bad for is false starts.

                                Talk about a bust.
                                -11-03-2007, 02:09 PM
                              • RamWraith
                                Lost is Barron
                                by RamWraith
                                With all the what if's and maybe we should of's. One person that needs some kudos' is A. Barron. The kid pretty much shut down one of the best defensive ends in football and did it one handed. I think we got a hell of a right tackle in makings here. KUDOS' Alex. We love having you here!!
                                -12-18-2005, 07:18 PM
                              • Nick
                                Alex Barron: Top pick, fast track
                                by Nick
                                Alex Barron: Top pick, fast track
                                By Jim Thomas
                                Of the Post-Dispatch
                                Saturday, Apr. 30 2005

                                A little more than a year ago, Rams general manager Charley Armey was watching
                                film of several University of Miami defenders in preparation for the draft.

                                On one particular tape, the Hurricanes were playing Florida State. After
                                watching Seminoles offensive tackle Alex Barron destroy Miami linebackers
                                Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams on play after play, Armey turned to Rams'
                                scouting assistant Brad Holmes and said, "Is this your cousin?"


                                Holmes, in his second year with the Rams, was a pass rusher of some repute a
                                few years back for North Carolina A&T. Before his junior season in 2000, a
                                season in which he would register 8 1/2 sacks, Holmes decided to see what
                                cousin Alex had as a pass blocker.

                                Barron already had built a football reputation at Wilkinson High in Orangeburg,
                                S.C. One college recruiting service, Prep Star, had him rated as the third-best
                                offensive lineman in the country.

                                Holmes and his cousin went out in Barron's backyard for some one-on-one pass
                                rush drills.

                                "I couldn't get around him," Holmes said.

                                Not many can, which explains why the Rams made Barron their first-round pick,
                                No. 19 overall, in the NFL draft last week. Coach Mike Martz wasted little time
                                with Barron.

                                "We're handing him the starting job at right tackle," Martz said Friday. "It's

                                Then, in an unusual move, Martz made a request to the media at Rams rookie

                                "The one thing I'd ask all of you with Alex is to have patience," Martz said.
                                "Because he's going to have some tough moments. But he is our right tackle.
                                We're making that commitment to him. We're trying to get him ready as quickly
                                as we can.

                                "I know he's going to be scrutinized closely. I know he'll be nervous. This is
                                a big deal to him. ... Bear in mind, two, three years from now, I think we'll
                                have a real special player."

                                Barron was a two-time consensus All-American at Florida State and was among
                                three finalists for the Outland Trophy last season. But Barron did not expect
                                after getting drafted to be named a starter in April.

                                "I was overwhelmed by it," the soft-spoken Barron said Saturday. "I was kind of
                                shocked a little bit. But they believe I can get the job done, and I'm just
                                going to try to do my best to help the team."

                                Barron has many physical attributes that separate him from the pack. But it
                                begins and ends with his amazing wingspan. From one outstretched arm...
                                -04-30-2005, 11:25 PM
                              • Richbert88
                                by Richbert88
                                He was on the block, we know that. I am wondering how close we came. Seems like the pickup of Trautwein could have been in anticipation of Barron being gone.

                                Regardless, good developmental OT for the future, a future that Barron most likely won't be in.
                                -10-20-2009, 09:33 PM
                              • majorram
                                Barron!! well done!!
                                by majorram
                                Just my two cent here but I thought Barron more than held his own against Strahan!!! he has a great future

                                Actually after 62 attempts and only one sack given up the pass blocking was pretty good!!!

                                -10-03-2005, 12:34 AM