One thing that fans may have taken for granted this year is how durable the Cleveland Browns' offensive line was. For those of you who followed our snap counts posts all season, this shouldn't come as a surprise. However, the comparison to other teams in the AFC North is a bit more revealing.
According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN, seven players in the division played every snap of the season on offense or defense. Here is the representation from each team in the division:
- Browns: LT Joe Thomas, C Alex Mack, RG Shawn Lauvao, RT Mitchell Schwartz
- Bengals: OG Clint Boling
- Steelers: OT Max Starks, LB Lawrence Timmons
The Ravens did not have any players who met the criteria.
The four offensive linemen listed above are locked up at least through next season. Thomas will be a free agent in 2019, Schwartz in 2016, and Mack and Lauvao in 2014. The only offensive lineman who didn't make it through the entire season was LG Jason Pinkston, who will be a free agent in 2014. His replacement, John Greco, is also under contract next season. If there is anyone the Browns are looking to replace next season, it would be Pinkston or Lauvao. Either way, the offensive line will remain a strength for this team for whoever takes over as head coach.