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Filmstudy O-Line Notes v. Bengals and Bears

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Offensive Line Model and Notes vs. Bengals and Bears


The scoring of the offensive line is based on 71 offensive snaps versus the Bengals and 75 versus the Bears.

Monroe: Eugene has struggled the last 2 weeks against a pair of good pass rushers. Against the Bengals he allowed a sack to Vincent Rey (Q, T). Monroe failed to pick up Rey who came delayed and instead assisted Shipley inside on James Harrison.

Against the Bears he surrendered sacks to Julius Peppers (Q2, 14:07) and Ozougwu (Q3, 7:45). Both of those came on speed rushes. While he surrendered other pressures to the Bears, he had a costly penetration on 2nd and goal (Q4, 0:23) when he did not engage Peppers and Rice’s run was stuffed for a loss of 1.

Scoring vs. Cin: 63 blocks, 4 missed, 1 penetration, 1.5 pressures, 1 sack, 52 points (.73 per play). C.

Scoring vs. Chi: 64 blocks, 5 missed, 1 penetration, 1.5 pressures, 2 sacks, 44 points (.59 per play). That’s a high F adjusted to a D for playing primarily against Peppers.

Shipley: A.Q. followed up an abysmal effort against the Bengals with a solid recovery against the Bears. Against the Bengals, he suffered an apparent concussion (how politically incorrect is it now to say he simply got his bell rung?) and was relieved by Jah Reid for 10 snaps. Nonetheless, he managed to accumulate 7 negative pass blocking events in his 61 snaps. That included a full sack charge when he failed to pick up the stunting Michael Johnson (Q4, 4:12) who would force Flacco right for Dunlap’s strip.

Against the Bears, he pulled successfully 4 times, but whiffed on Anderson on a 5th which blew up Pierce’s run left for a 4-yard loss.

Scoring vs. Cin: 47 blocks, 7 missed, 4 (3 + 2 X 1/2) pressures, 1.33 sacks, 28 points (.46 per play). F.

Scoring vs. Chi: 66 blocks, 4 missed, 1.5 penetrations, 3 pressures, 57 points (.77 per play). C-.

Gradkowski: Gino played his best 2 games of the year the last 2 weeks. This is a case where numbers tell a better story than subjective description:

  • Games 1 through 8: 19.25 pressures, 6.83 QH, 2.33 sacks, 25 penalty yards
  • Games 9 and 10: 1.5 pressures, 0 QH, .67 sacks, 0 penalty yards

Scoring vs. Cin: 64 blocks, 5 missed, .5 pressure, 2/3 sack, 59 points (.83 per play). C with a small adjustment for the quality of the Atkins-less interior line.

Scoring vs. Chi: 71 blocks, 2 missed, .5 penetration, 1 pressure, 68 points (.91 per play). B improves to a B+ with a small adjustment for competition. Should he get a subjective deduction for the botched snap that nearly cost the Ravens the game? Perhaps, but I won’t do it. Like all of us, I hope Gino has found a new level of play, but the Bears used a conservative pass rush, which kept 7 in coverage on 26 of 34 drop backs.

Yanda: He hasn’t scored particularly well in either of the last 2 weeks, but he had his best run-blocking game of the season against the Bears. Against the Bengals he had 2 more pass-blocking events including a QH when shed by Thompson (Q2, 4:34), but he has not allowed any portion of a sack the last 2 weeks after having some responsibility for 6 sacks in the previous 4 games.

Here’s a description of Yanda’s key run blocks (good and bad) versus the Bears:

• (Q1, 7:21) He pinned Cohen for Oher to pancake, then hit Bostic 4 yards in L2. In this case, Pierce ran left for 3 yards, but that didn’t make the block less impressive. This was the first of a number of combination blocks Marshal delivered in Chicago. There have been far too few to date, but he, Gradkowski, and Oher played well together on Sunday.

• (Q2, 15:00) He doubled Wooton with Oher, driving the DT back several yards, then peeled off to block Greene in level 2. Pierce ran up the middle for 4 yards.

• (Q2, 6:24) Yanda pulled left, chipped 91, then blocked Anderson to lead Pierce’s 7-yard run left.

• (Q2, 4:53) He pinned Tupou for Gradkowski, then pancaked Anderson in level 2 on Rice’s 7-yard run up the middle.

• (Q2, 1:11) Marshal pulled left and pancaked the penetrating Wooton who was handed off by Shipley. Rice ran middle for 3 yards.

• (Q3, 12:37) The Ravens played a 6-man line on 2nd and 3. Yanda pulled left and hit Peppers as Pierce ran left for 2 yards to set up 3rd and 1.

• (Q3, 11:45) Again with a 6-man line, Yanda led Leach’s 1-yard plunge with a pin of Wooton (Gradkowski) followed by a hit on Greene in L2.

• (Q3, 10:24) Yanda beat up Anderson, forcefully shoving him right 3 times to the echo of the whistle. With the block’s location directly across the face of our RT, it seemed a remedial lesson for the snap-to-whistle physicality Oher has lost since his rookie year.

• (Q3, 3:17) Yanda pinned Wooton for Oher, then moved to L2 and pancaked Bostic. Pierce did not follow the lead block of Leach and instead chose to cut back directly into the Oher/Wooton pile for a loss of 1. While this was a run for a loss and could have been charged as a penetration, I saw this as primarily Pierce’s fault.

• (Q4, 2:24) Marshal pulled to block Cohen as Rice ran up the middle for 3 yards.

• (Q4, 1:21) Marshal threw down Cohen on Rice’s 11-yard run up the middle. It looked like a hold initially, but this was a case of a lineman thoroughly out-leveraging his opponent on a wet field.

• (Q4, 0:36) Yanda pinned Wooton for Oher then turned left to block Anderson in L2 on Rice RM3. This was the last of 4 outstanding blocks he made on the into-the-wind, game-tying drive. It was disappointing the Ravens didn’t find the end zone, but they dominated the LoS on the final drive. Rice had 6 rushes for 35 yards and Flacco had 6 ATS opportunities in 7 pass attempts prior to the botched snap.

• (Q4, 0:23) Yanda made a short pull (left around just Gradkowski) on 2nd and goal from the 2. He chipped Wooton, but Anderson filled the A gap to blow up Rice’s run for a loss of 1.

• (OT, 14:19) Marshal pinned Cohen for Gradkowski then pancaked Anderson in level 2.

Scoring vs. Cin: 63 blocks, 5 missed, .5 penetrations, 1 pressure, 1 QH, 57 points (.80 per play). B- with a small adjustment for the quality of the Atkins-less interior line.

Scoring vs. Chi: 71 blocks, 4 missed, 1 holding, 1 false start, 62 points (.83 per play). That would be a C+, but I’d adjust it in 3 ways. First, I’d restore 3 points to his base score (moves him to .87) because I think Cohen should have been called for a neutral zone infraction which was instead ruled as a false start (Q2, 1:12). Next, I would expect perhaps 4 high-quality blocks per game. Since Yanda had 13, I’d credit an extra .5 points of base score for each of the extra 9. That moves him to 69.5 points (.93 per play). Finally, I’d adjust for the quality of competition and add just .01 per play for a depleted Bears interior line which is not playing much above the replacement level. At .94 per play, the game grades out as an A. I understand completely if you think his game of run blocking should be worth more than simply restoring 75% of the charge for his holding call, but as always, you can feel free to adjust as you see fit.

Oher: Oher did a fine job against the pressure machine Dunlap and has now had consecutive games without letting the QB get knocked down (QH or sack). I have him scored for 4 sacks and 2.33 QHs for the season, both of which are solid, but unspectacular numbers through 10 games for a starting RT.

Scoring vs. Cin: 62 blocks, 4 missed, 3.5 pressures, 55 points (.77 per play). B with adjustment for Dunlap as primary assignment.

Scoring vs. Chi: 69 blocks, 4 missed, 2 pressures, 65 points (.87 per play). This would be an A- without adjustment, but it’s an A with a small adjustment for quality of competition.


  • Jah Reid made 9 of 10 blocks against the Bengals as a replacement for Shipley at LG and 2 of 2 as a 7th lineman in the jumbo goal-line formation versus the Bears.
  • Ricky Wagner was a combined 13 of 15 in both 6 and 7 man lines versus the Bears and Bengals. Both Reid and Wagner went out in the pattern on the same play versus the Bears (Q1, 10:07), but Flacco threw incomplete for Clark.
  • Haloti Ngata returned for 2 snaps at TE versus the Bengals. He made both his blocks and the Ravens scored on Flacco’s TD pass to Clark.

Flacco had ATS on 21 of 34 drop-backs, primarily against 4-man pressure (26 of 34 snaps). Getting ATS in Sunday’s maelstrom is quite a bit less valuable than under other circumstances. Flacco’s longest completion was for just 17 yards.

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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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