Offensive Line Grades & Notes vs. CLE

Filmstudy Offensive Line Grades & Notes vs. CLE

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Some general observations:

–The Ravens scored well in this game by avoiding the big mistakes. They had just 1 holding penalty. They allowed 2 sacks (1 charged to the linemen) and 2 other QHs (only 1 partially charged to a lineman). While they had some sloppy run blocking, those plays often don’t result in negative scores as missed pass blocks often do.

–The Browns mixed up pressure and blitzed frequently with numbers, which created some pressure events and denied ATS opportunities not related to line play. As contrasted with Dean Pees, Browns DC Greg Williams made broad use of his playbook.

Joe Flacco found a TE (Watson) who he used as the go-to several times when the Browns rushed numbers.

–The Ravens were again able to run the ball effectively when they needed to in order to close.

–The Ravens used an unbalanced line on 5 occasions.

Alex Collins provided an athletic spark until he fumbled.

–Buck Allen ran the ball effectively, including the key 37-yard run that set up the Ravens’ 3rd score.  He was far less effective as a pass blocker where he shared several pressure events.

–The Ravens offensive line often provided Flacco pocket time, even when the Browns rushed numbers.

–The Ravens made use of the naked boot on 4 occasions with completions for 13, 5, -1, and -2 yards.  The first 2 were ATS, but the backside defender for the Browns was a little less fooled each time and Flacco did not try for a throw down the field.

Offensive Line Scoring

The Ravens ran 67 scored snaps versus the Browns (excludes accepted penalties which resulted in no play and 1 kneel).

Stanley:  Ronnie improved on his showing versus the Bengals, but the first matchup with #1 overall pick Myles Garrett will have to wait. He was beaten by Nate Orchard for 3 separate pressure events. Those included a bull rush (Q2, 1:43), a speed rush to the outside (Q2, 1:07), and another speed rush that flushed the pocket on what eventually became the QH by Ogunjobi (Q3, 9:21). I charged him with just a pressure on the flush, because Flacco waited too long to unload the football while running left. He whiffed on Nassib on a run block, which allowed Allen to be dropped for a loss of 2 (Q4, 8:57). He had 3 blocks in level 2, 2 pancakes, and 2 highlights, which included a pancake of Jamie Collins to lead Alex Collins’ 16-yard run left. His smartest play of the day was blocking to the echo of the whistle and accepting a shove from Kirksey without retaliation, which drew an unnecessary roughness flag.

Scoring:  67 plays, 60 blocks, 3 missed, 1 penetration, 2 pressures, 2/3 QH, 52 points (.78 per play). With adjustment, that’s a B.

Hurst:  James had difficulty with the Browns linemen. He was beaten for part of 2 penetrations, parts of 2 pressures, and parts of 2 sacks. I charged him for half of the first sack, when he failed to pick up either Kirksey or Burgess (Q1, 10:50). His 9 missed blocks were also a significant concern. Of those, 6 were missed pulls or failure to find a block in level 2, and 3 were more serious cases where he was beaten by a defensive lineman, but none of those impacted a pressure event or caused a run for a loss. Hurst was asked to pull 10 times for the second consecutive game and converted 7 of those including a shared pressure on an oddly designed pass play where both he and Bergstrom pulled outside in opposite directions (Q3, 0:43). He had 5 blocks in level 2, delivered 2 pancakes (both on highlight pulls, Q4, 11:41 and Q4, 3:55).

Scoring:  67 plays, 52 blocks, 9 missed, 0.75 (½ + 1/4) penetrations, 1.5 pressures, ½ sack, 43.5 points (.65 per play).  That’s a D+ with adjustment.

Jensen:  Ryan recovered well from the opener, but his performance raised questions about his ability to anchor. I charged him with 1/3 of the complex sack (Q2, 3:35) where Allen helped with Kirksey rather than block Burgess. He had 8 missed blocks, of which 4 were cases where he whiffed or was backed up and 4 others were slips or inability to find a block in level 2. Danny Shelton had success penetrating against him, but was unable to convert any of those cases to a pass rush event or run loss. He registered 5 blocks in level 2 and had 2 highlights. He drove DT Coley several yards to the right to open a big hole for Collins (Q4, 6:49).

Scoring: 67 plays, 58 blocks, 8 missed, 1/3 sack, 56 points (.82 per play).  That’s a B-.  If he’s beaten as often, his grade level will probably slip due to more chargeable events.

Yanda:  Marshal turned in another fine effort. His only negative event was a shared pressure, where he was unable to stop Kirksey and Allen was unable to do so as well. He had 2 blocks in level 2, delivered 2 pancakes, pulled successfully on all 3 attempts. His highlight was a pull that both pancaked S Kindred and obstructed LB Schobert to spring Allen for his 37-yard run (Q2, 0:15).

Scoring:  36 plays, 35 blocks, 0 missed, ½ pressure, 34 points (.94 per play). With or without adjustment, that’s an A. We wish him the best for a healthy and complete recovery and hope he’ll both be back in 2018 and on the sideline for a 2017 Ravens playoff run.

Howard:  Austin did not allow a single pressure event, which is pretty much the whole goal of playing tackle in the NFL. He was beaten for parts of 2 penetrations, including a shedding from Nassib (Q4, 4:45) which he shared with Bergstrom. He wasn’t penalized, made 2 blocks in level 2, and pancaked Ogbah to open a big hole for Collins (Q4, 6:49).  The Ravens played 5 snaps of unbalanced line in this game, moving both tackles to the same side.  On each of those occasions, Stanley took the outside position.

Scoring:  67 plays, 61 blocks, 4 missed, 0.75 penetrations, 59.5 points (.89 per play).  That’s an A with adjustment.  He’s been the Ravens’ best lineman through 2 games.

Bergstrom:  Tony is just above a street free agent, who was destined to be cut before the Ravens acquired him for a conditional pick. His first game underscored that status in year when OL talent league-wide seems to bear a significant premium. Bergstrom relieved Yanda after the first play of the 2nd half. I’m not going to bother with the times (the plays are in order), but just give you the verbs and opponents by play:

— Bulled by Shelton to blow up RM0

— Allowed Ogbah to get hands up for PD

— Bulled by Orchard to blow up RR-2

— Bulled by twisting Orchard

— Pancaked by Ogbah on RM1

— Missed pull on pass play

— Bulled by Shelton on RM1

— Shed by Shelton for shared penetration on RM-1

— Held Schobert in level 2

That is an unacceptable number of citations for 31 plays. He did not have a block in L2, pancake or highlight.

Scoring:  31 plays, 22 blocks, 5 missed, 1.5 penetrations, 1 pressure, 1 offensive holding, 11 points (.35 per play).  F.  His play, combined with Harbaugh’s comments about Eluemunor make me wonder if a change at RG is imminent.

If you’re interested in seeing scoring trends for the players this season, these charts will be updated weekly.

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