OL Grades & Notes vs. Steelers

Filmstudy OL Grades & Notes vs. Steelers

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Due to travel, I’ll only have time for OL scoring this week.  I encourage you to listen to the OL podcast at the bottom of this article (or here) for a broader discussion about the offense.

Offensive Line Scoring

The Ravens ran 66 scored snaps versus the Steelers (excludes accepted penalties which result in no play, kneels, spikes, and special teams plays that result in a run or pass).

Stanley: Ronnie scored better despite giving some ground in the pocket. Ronnie was backed up in a manner similar to what we have seen in past years from Rick Wagner, but much of that was directed at the “back pylon” of the pocket where Flacco’s ability to step into a throw was not impeded, despite proximity. He surrendered 3 pressures (2 Heyward, 1 Watt), all of which came on bull rushes. He had 1 block in level 2, 1 pancake, and did not register a highlight. The Ravens didn’t run much in this game, but I am concerned he may not be right physically to provide the good leads in level 2 we’ve seen on fast developing plays in the past.

Scoring: 66 plays, 60 blocks, 3 missed, 3 pressures, 54 points (.82 per play). That’s a B with or without adjustment.

Hurst: James reversed a downward trend of games with his best outing of the season. He allowed 2 run penetrations, 1 on a level-2 whiff on Shazier (Q1, 14:15) and another on a whiffed pull on Tuitt (Q1, 12:13), but recovered to play well thereafter. He made 2 blocks in level 2, but did not have a pancake or highlight (more common on run plays).

Scoring: 66 plays, 57 blocks, 5 missed, 2 penetrations, 1 pressure, 51 points (.77 per play). After adjustment, that’s a B at guard.

Jensen: Ryan took a step back from his career-best game against the Jags. He was beaten right by Heyward for half a sack charge (Q2, 11:20) shared with Allen and Eluemunor. Dupree beat him on a stunt for pressure (Q2, 0:22) and Hargrave beat him left for a pressure (Q3, 6:12). He had 3 blocks in level 2, 1 pancake, and no highlights.

Scoring: 66 plays, 58 blocks, 2 missed, 1/3 penetration, 2.5 pressures, ½ sack, 49.33 points (.75 per play). After adjustment, that’s a C at center.

Skura/Eluemunor: Matt Skura mas not nearly as effective in his second start. Eluemunor was party to 4 negative events in just 16 snaps. It appears the staff would like to get Jermaine some live fire, because he’ll be starting if there is another injury at any of the 5 OL positions by either direct substitution or shuffling. Skura’s biggest individual event was being bulled by Heyward for 2/3 of a sack charge (Q3, 3:20). He also surrendered full pressures to both Heyward and Tuitt. On the plus side, he made 3 blocks in level 2, converted both pulling assignments, and had 2 highlights, including a very nice pancake of Shazier on a pull in level 2 (Q2, 7:19).

Scoring for Skura: 50 plays, 43 blocks, 2 missed, 1 penetration, 2.5 pressures, 2/3 sack, 32 points (.64 per play). With adjustment, that’s a D at guard.

Scoring for Eluemunor: 16 plays, 10 blocks, 2 missed, 1/3 penetration, 1 pressure, ½ (1/3 + 1/6) sack, 4.33 points (.27 per play). That’s too few snaps for a grade (20 is the minimum).

Scoring–Combined: 66 plays, 53 blocks, 4 missed, 1.33 penetrations, 2.5 pressures, 1.17 sacks, 36.33 points (.55 per play). That’s an F with or without adjustment.

Howard: Austin did a decent job vs Dupree, but Shazier was too quick for him, Tuitt overpowered him, Watt beat him once, and Heyward beat him for part of a penetration. Tuitt beat him for portions of 2 sacks on the same drive (Q3, 3:20 and Q4, 14:55). As is often the case, slow feet increase the chances for holds and he was guilty of an infraction against Shazier on the game’s final drive (Q4, 0:42).

Scoring: 66 plays, 55 blocks, 4 missed, 1.33 penetrations, 1 pressure, 1 (1/3 + 2/3) sack, 1 offensive holding, 38.33 points (.58 per play).  That’s another D- after adjustment. I reduced his adjustment to .02, because he could have done more to bump Hilton further past the pocket and give Flacco a little more time on the DB’s sack. To be clear, Howard got no portion of a sack charge on that play, because Flacco had 3.5 seconds to throw.

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

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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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