FILMSTUDY: Bobbie Williams Blocking Review


Bobbie Williams was signed as an unrestricted free agent this off season and is among the options to play left guard for the Ravens in 2012.  In 2011, Williams played in parts of 8 games from weeks 5-14.  He played every snap for 8 straight games before he broke his ankle in week 14 versus the Texans.  He’ll be 36 years old in September.

Per PFF grading, I took 1 good game and 1 bad game from his 2011 season with an aggregate score that represented his season as a whole.  I scored his blocking by my system for those 2 games.  The 2 games I selected were the week 10 loss to the Steelers and the week 12 win over the Browns.

Subjective observations about Williams:

·         He’s a massive man, 6’4” 340 lbs. who uses his size to get excellent push on run plays

·         He stays with his blocks well

·         Whatever foot speed he had is gone.  He pulled only once in the 2 games I scored.  As one might expect, this also impacted his screen blocking.  He left much too early on one play which I think may have been a function of the time it would take to get in position in level 2.

·         He patrols a spot well in pass protection and avoided unnecessary engagement that might have left space for a delayed rush

·         He did well with double teams, particularly when the Bengals attempted to lean on an individual defender (as opposed to pinning and releasing into L2)

Week 10 vs. Pit

The Bengals played their first big game of the season and lost a thriller to the Steelers 24-17.  Despite just 56 offensive snaps, the Bengals ran the ball effectively (26 for 109) and often behind the blocks of Williams and RT Andre Smith.  The Bengals employed a 6-man line with Dennis Roland inserted for 16 snaps.  Williams’ primary assignments were Ziggy Hood (who played every snap) and Casey Hampton (37 snaps).  Hood played approximately 84% of Pittsburgh’s snaps in 2011, but was clearly tired by Williams’ physical play peppered with some double teams from Cook and Smith.  He was pushed backwards several yards on quite a few plays.   Williams also blocked Farrior in level 2 on 3 separate occasions.  He had a pancake of Hood on a run right and flattened Polamalu while pulling right on the Bengals next-to-last offensive play (Q4, 3:17). 

As a pass blocker, Williams had a near-perfect day, primarily against Hood.   He had a pancake of Harrison when he attempted to block a pass (Q2, 8:22).  He surrendered a QH to Worilds (Q4,14:20), which was his only non-scoring play of the day. 

That play capped an interesting 2-play sequence early in Q4.  On the first play (Q4, 14:54), Williams and Cook doubled Keisel.  Farrior then came delayed to Cook’s side and pressured Dalton.  The reverse angle shows Williams motioning for Cook to pick up the stunt.  On the very next play, Williams was similarly beaten to his right when he and Cook doubled Harrison and Worilds found the opening in the right B gap.  Despite that blip, it was a dominating effort that I am sure Steelers fans would blame on the absence of Lamar Woodley.  Scoring:  55 blocks, 0 missed, 1 QH, 52 points (.93 points per play).

Week 12 vs. Cle

Following their loss to Pittsburgh, the Bengals lost 31-24 at Baltimore before returning home to play the Browns.

The Browns presented Williams with a more challenging set of assignments.  Rookie Jabaal Sheard had a sack and 2 pressures (including 1 shared by Williams) and Ahtyba Rubin would also have one of his best games as a pass rusher.  Rubin bulled Williams then beat him outside for a QH (Q4, 1:08).  Ahtyba would twice flush Dalton from the pocket on runs of 3 and 7 yards by beating Williams.  In each case, I score that as simply a missed block given the positive yardage, but other systems would assign a lower subjective score.

On 2 pass blocks, he gave ground in the pocket while maintaining his block.  On the first occasion, Rubin pushed him to the inside and Williams slid with him backwards and to his left (Q2, 4:51).  He had a very similar play (Q4, 12:15) when he slid left and 3-4 yards backwards with the rush of Paxson.  While Williams maintained his block on both of those, I count them as misses.  It’s not good to lose pocket integrity both for the result of the play and the additional risk of injury.

The Bengals rolled up 132 rushing yards on 32 runs.  While Williams did not allow any negative plays, he missed 4 blocks on those plays (not including the scrambles by Dalton).

He missed several blocks in L2, including a very poor effort on D’Qwell Jackson (Q1, 9:25) where he had Jackson square, but allowed him to move by uncontested for the tackle.  He would again miss Jackson (Q2, 8:30) in level 2 when Young shot into the backfield to take down Scott for a loss of 7.

Scoring: 51 blocks, 10 missed, 1 QH, ½ pressure, 47 points (.75 per play).  Had I counted Dalton’s 2 short scrambles as pressures, his score would have been .68.

What will be Williams role and impact on the Ravens:

·         He has the inside track on the starting LG position

·         I expect he will work effectively on double teams with Matt Birk

·         If McKinnie is the starting LT, he should provide some relief to Bryant’s indifferent run blocking on runs to the right

·         The Ravens will probably run more sweeps left than right this season to take advantage of Yanda’s superior pulling ability

·         He is a player who has stayed in the league much longer than is typical based on technique, so he’d be a candidate to teach some of the Ravens young interior line depth (Osemele, Boren, Gradkowski) whether overtly or by example.


This entry was posted in Filmstudy by Ken McKusick. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ken McKusick

Ken McKusick
Ken comes to us via area message boards where he has consistently posted some of the most insightful and memorable posts that you'll find anywhere.  Known as "Filmstudy", Ken is a lifelong Baltimorean and rabid fan of Baltimore sports who grew up about 1 mile from Memorial Stadium.  He attended...more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

evden eve nakliyat şirketleri ofis taşımacılığı evden eve nakliye istanbul evden eve nakliyat Şehirlerarası Evden Eve Nakliyat İstanbul Nakliyat Firmaları

Hot off the street

Unanswered Questions in Defensive Backfield

The 2013 season for the Ravens has long been in the rear view for many of us Ravens fans, but especially for the players. For them, it is always better to look ahead to next season than dwell on the more

Defense Deceives & Ngata Impresses

One of the big criticisms of Dean Pees has been the lack of creativity and deception from the blitzes he orchestrates. In particular, the timing of the blitzing defenders has been an issue. In the more

Few Bright Spots on Bad Day for Offense

Just one day removed from stealing the show on the first day of training camp, Joe Flacco and the entire Ravens offense struggled during day two. Quarterback hurries, forced throws and dropped more

Defensive Redemption on Day 2 of Practice

The Baltimore Ravens kicked off their second full team practice of training camp on Friday morning under sunny skies. After a rough morning yesterday during practice, the Ravens defensive side of more

Ravens Sign Safety Will Hill

After their secondary depth took a hit yesterday, when cornerback Aaron Ross tore his Achilles tendon taking the conditioning test, the Ravens have added another former New York Giant free agent. more

View More