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OL Improves vs. Pittsburgh, but Gino’s Struggles Continue

Filmstudy OL Improves vs. Pittsburgh, but Gino’s Struggles Continue

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I wanted to provide a brief evaluation of the linemen only this week.

The scoring is based on 61 offensive snaps for the Ravens, all of which were competitive.

Monroe:  Eugene had his first excellent game as a Raven.  He did not make a single error resulting in a negative score and missed just 4 blocks.   He pulled successfully once, administered 2 pancakes, and made 2 blocks in level 2.  Scoring:  57 blocks, 4 missed, 57 points (.93 per play).  A.  The last LT to play as well for the Ravens was Bryant McKinnie, who scored .94 (1 more block in 1 more play) against the Texans in the divisional game in Baltimore following the 2011 season (28 games ago).

Osemele:  Osemele’s need for back surgery after the season is devastating to both his career and his value to the Ravens.  It does, however, provide a reason as to why he has not played well.  That said, he had his best game of the year on Sunday.  Keisel and Williams each bulled him once for a shared pressure.  Heyward brushed by him and then bulled Gradkowski for a 3rd shared pressure (Q4, 13:56).  He got good push when run blocking, made 5 blocks in L2, and had 2 pancakes.  Scoring:  54 blocks, 4 missed, 1.5 pressures, 51 points (.84 per play).  His quality run blocking is offset by 2 pressures where he would have been fully charged had someone not been present to share the event.  B.

Gradkowski:  I’d encourage anyone who is observing the debate over Gradkowski to simply watch for a game on NFL rewind or from your own DVR.  To maximize transparency, here are all of his negative scoring plays from this game for your review:


  • (Q1, 12:25)  He was bulled straight back by McClendon for a pressure.
  • (Q1, 11:47)  He was beaten by a stunt, then a spin move by Worilds which disrupted Flacco and gave Woodley time to deliver a slow-developing QH shared with Oher.
  • (Q1, 0:50)  On 3rd and 1, McClendon penetrated past Gino’s right arm to take down Rice for a loss of 1.
  • (Q2, 6:23)  He was bulled into Flacco by McLendon for a pressure.
  • (Q3, 11:55)  He and Yanda were jointly bulled by Heyward for a pressure.
  • (Q3, 11:49)  The Ravens zone blocked to the right and Polomalu flew by his face to take down Rice for a loss of 2.
  • (Q4, 13:56)  He was bulled by Heyward (who Osemele initially missed) for a shared pressure.
  • (Q4, 7:37)  He was bulled by Ziggy Hood to flush Flacco left on a play he completed to Jones for a gain of 8.

Scoring:  49 blocks, 4 missed, 2 penetrations, 4 pressures (3 + 2 x ½), 1/2 QH, 35.5 points (.58 per play).  That’s another F and .19 per play short of a D- at center.

Yanda:  Marshal finally had a game worthy of his Pro Bowl status after 4 consecutive poor games.  In addition to a fine game against Heyward, he pulled twice successfully and had 4 blocks in L2.  Scoring:  58 blocks, 2 missed, ½ penetration, 57 points (.93 per play).  A.

Oher:  Michael regressed after a top-shelf performance versus Green Bay.  He didn’t get great push in the run game, but I scored him for just 1 pressure when he was bulled then beaten inside by Neal (Q4, 14:22).  He did a good job of getting back to keep Jones out of the end zone on the strip sack (Q2, 0:12).  Scoring:  50 blocks, 6 missed, 3.5 pressures, ½ QH, 1 holding, 35.5 points (.58 per play).  He faced LaMarr Woodley, who was the Steelers best active pass rusher, so his play is adjusted up from a high F to a D.

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Ken McKusick

About Ken McKusick

Known as “Filmstudy” from his handle on area message boards, Ken is a lifelong Baltimorean and rabid fan of Baltimore sports. He grew up within walking distance of Memorial Stadium and attended all but a handful of Orioles games from 1979 through 2001. He got his start in sports modeling with baseball in the mid 1980’s. He began writing about the Ravens in 2006 and maintains a library of video for every game the team has played. He’s a graduate of Syracuse with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Math who recently retired from his actuarial career to pursue his passion as a football analyst full time. If you have math or modeling questions related to sports or gambling, Ken is always interested in hearing new problems or ideas. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or followed on Twitter @filmstudyravens. More from Ken McKusick


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