It was a forgettable year for the Ravens’ offensive line. Let’s remember it, so we’ll know a good OL when we see one again. This year, I have added a scoring graph for each player. These graphs offer a visual representation of play consistency and break down the player’s performance into raw score (purple) and a subjective adjustment (red) I make before assigning a grade. This adjustment is for other elements not captured by the scoring system, primarily quality of competition above the replacement level. Of note are the different grading scales by position which is the reason for the difference in the grade lines in the charts. Each player has 3 grades:
- The Play grade is a representation of how well he played vs. his positional peers last season. It is not a representation of value relative to salary or tenure in the league.
- The Value grade is a representation of the player’s contribution relative to cap expenditure. Star mid-career players (after signing their first FA contract), will rarely be graded an A in this category since they are typically paid the market price for their services. It’s not a slap in the face to be graded a C here, but the best front offices will have many more As and Bs than Ds and Fs because they consistently uncover value in the draft and sign bargain free agents. A player who does not miss time due to injury, but otherwise performs exactly as might be expected by his contract would be graded a B-. Where appropriate, this grade includes consideration for their contributions on special teams.
- The Developmental grade is an indication of how much the player improved relative to expectation as well as a measure of future expectations. The primary reason to expect growth (or decline) is age, but injuries (particularly changes to prospective durability), leadership, position changes, etc. were all lumped in this category. Even a 35-year-old gets a developmental grade.
Snap totals and percentages include only non-penalty snaps which were played competitively (excludes kneels and spikes) for all games unless noted otherwise. The 2013 Ravens had 1,080 such offensive snaps as a unit in 16 games. I did not complete a box for Reid. He played just 20 snaps and may be part of the discussion at RT next season, but I don’t have anything to say about his 2013 season.
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