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FILMSTUDY: Assignment of Blame

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Ravens vs. Panthers 9/28/14 I have never seen a game where the distribution of credit and blame between the pass rush and coverage was so clear. It’s hard to get down after a 38-10 win, but the Ravens’ 3rd-down defense in the secondary was atrocious. Let’s review the 13 Carolina drop backs on 3rd down: • (Q1, 14:14, 3/7) McPhee bulled RG Velasco for pressure as Newton threw to Cotchery for 26 yards (19 + 7 YAC) by the right sideline. Elam and Stewart had decent bracket coverage, but the...

FILMSTUDY: Offensive Line Model and Notes

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Ravens vs. Panthers 9/28/14 There was a lot to like about Sunday’s win versus the Panthers and much of that appears on the surface to be a function of the offensive line. To summarize: • The OL was not penalized • The Panthers did not have a sack • The Ravens piled up 454 offensive yards on just 60 competitive snaps (7.6 YPPA) • The Ravens had 25 first downs • They converted 10 of 13 times on 3rd down (77%) • And for the first time since at least...

FILMSTUDY: The Best Offensive Line in the NFL

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The Washington Redskins “Hogs’” performance against Denver in SB XXII was the most impressive effort for an offensive line in Super Bowl history.  They opened holes that allowed the immortal (not!) Timmy Smith to rush for 204 yards and Doug Williams to pass for 340 yards and 4 TDs en route to a 42-10 rout of the Broncos. Let’s take a look at the guys toting the rock for the Ravens this season: Bernard Pierce is coming off a disappointing 2013 season where he averaged 2.9 YPC. Justin Forsett is...

FILMSTUDY: Ravens at Browns Defensive Analysis

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The Glass is Half Full Everything we hear about the Ravens now seems like the 6 PM news circa 1973 with Vietnam, Watergate, the oil embargo, and inflation dominating. Between Rice, injuries, and a secondary that got its collective pants dropped Sunday, the Ravens have had a mess of bad news in the last 2 weeks, but there are some good things to point out as well: • The Ravens out-snapped the Browns 64-55 and have a big edge in snaps for the year, primarily due to the play of...

FILMSTUDY: Offensive Line Model and Notes vs. Steelers

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Each lineman played all 63 snaps (excludes 2 kneels): Monroe: Eugene had his 2nd consecutive solid game. For reasons that are probably obvious, interior linemen have higher block percentages in level 2, but he connected on 4 of 6, which is good for a tackle. His only negative pass-blocking score came when he was bulled by the stunting Keisel for a pressure (Q2, 8:11). I also charged him with half of the penetration (shared with Zuttah, Q2, 2:15) when he failed to throw Jarvis Jones enough past the play in...

FILMSTUDY: Ravens v. Steelers

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Cornered In a game they finished with just 2 healthy cornerbacks, the Ravens cobbled together a secondary that not only held their own, but contributed significantly to a one-sided win over the Steelers. To summarize: • The Ravens started with a 4-man secondary with Jackson and Smith at corner, but played that alignment only 3 snaps. • The base nickel included 3 safeties. Jackson and Smith were the outside corners with Matt Elam on the slot, Stewart at strong safety, and Jeromy Miles at free safety. • Prior to Jackson’s injury,...

FILMSTUDY: O-Line Pushes Bengals Around

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Amidst the difficult loss and scandal, Ravens fans need hope. It was there Sunday, in the form of a much improved offensive line. The Bengals ran primarily vanilla 4-man pressure on 14 of the Ravens’ first 17 pass plays.  When that produced ample time and space (ATS) on 12 occasions, they switched to frequent double-A-gap blitz looks with some combination of Rey/Maualuga/Lamur standing to either side of Zuttah. I can’t help but think how helpless Gradkowski was in such situations a year ago, but as we’ll see, the 2014 Ravens...

FILMSTUDY: Defensive Analysis ~ Ravens v. Bengals

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I remember reading that The Who was the loudest rock band and had played as high as 121 decibels in concert. My expletive had to be close to as loud when I read the Ravens’ inactive list for Sunday’s game. The absence of Lardarius Webb played a significant role in the 23-16 loss. Dalton picked on Chykie Brown frequently and despite several gifts in the form of drops and poorly thrown passes, Dalton would eventually hit Green as he blew by Brown for the game-winning TD. There were 6 plays...

FILMSTUDY: Ravens Dominate Saints in Finale

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By now, you know how much the Ravens dominated Thursday’s game versus the Saints: 79 offensive plays to 38 for the Saints (I believe that is a new team record fewest defensive snaps for any game, besting the 39 from the Wild Card game in 2010 vs. the Chiefs). None of the Saints’ 9 offensive “drives” was longer than 7 plays. Time of possession was 42:39 to 17:21. The Saints were 0-for-8 on 3rd and 4th down as compared to 12-for-20 for the Ravens. Offensive yards were 436 to 190....

FILMSTUDY: Offensive Linemen Control Finale in NOLA

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With some of the most interesting camp battles taking place on the offensive line, I did full scoring for the last game. All of the OL scoring is based on 76 non-penalty, real offensive snaps, which exclude Wenning’s 3 kneels: Hurst (+1/+5): Scoring: 76 plays, 68 blocks, 5 missed, 1.5 pressures, 1 QH, 62 points (.82 points/play), B. Hurst had a much better game as a run blocker, but took a step back in pass protection, literally. The QH he surrendered to Edebali (Q4, 14:30) included too much ground surrendered...

FILMSTUDY: Front Seven Skin Washington

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Ravens vs. Redskins 8/23/14 We’d been waiting for something more from Steve Smith and he finally made his presence felt on Saturday. Smith caught 6 of the 7 balls on which he was targeted, including an electrifying 24-yard TD catch during which he sequentially rid himself of the corner, slipped, then recovered enough to make a diving grab/trap as the crowd deferred its applause until the signal. The display of vertical explosiveness is a significant step towards forcing opposing corners to play him softer. Among his other receptions was a...

FILMSTUDY: Ravens @ Cowboys–Safety Patrol

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Ravens fans never want another season like 2007 where the Ravens’ secondary evoked memories of the “Street of Dying Men” scene from Gone with the Wind. After the first quarter, The Ravens’ top 3 corners, Jackson, Webb, and Smith were all out with injuries of which few outside the Castle can claim to have full understanding. The remainder of the game featured a number of 5-DB sets with 3 (big nickel) and even 4 (huge nickel?) safeties. Much was made of the big nickel in the last year or two for...

FILMSTUDY: Wagner, Others Impress in Preseason Opener

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Expectations for Gary Kubiak’s new offense were high, but the results were everything Ravens fans could have hoped. The offensive line led a dominating effort that resulted in a 77-46 (kneels included for emphasis) advantage in offensive snaps against the 49ers.  Let’s take a while to break that down. For the preseason, I find it helpful to record the offensive linemen by series.  I didn’t notice any mid-series changes, but these are the 5 offensive linemen for the first play of each series.  Play totals exclude penalties and kneels. Some notes on...

FILMSTUDY: For Whom is Preseason Most Important?

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Among NFL fans, collective optimism is rarely higher than it is this week. From a fan’s perspective, every player has something to prove over the next month, but I thought it would be fun to create a simple system that tries to quantify the importance of these games for each player on the roster. For each player there are 2 important factors for the preseason.  I’ve defined and rated those as: Variation (Var):  This is a 0-to-5 rating of how much a player’s preseason performance could impact his playing time and the quality of...

RAVENS LINKS: Ravens 7th in PFT Preseason Rankings

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Ravens land at No. 7 in preseason power rankings Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com and NBC Sports puts the Ravens at No. 7 in his preseason power rankings. Do you think that is too high or too low? Cast your vote at the poll below! Ravens 2014 player rankings: No. 1 ESPN.com polled 18 Baltimore media members to come up with their top 20 players on the Baltimore Ravens 2014 roster. Who tops the list at #1? Find out here! Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody placed on PUP list Josh Alper of...

FILMSTUDY: A Sampling of Jeremy Zuttah’s 2013 Performances

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I wanted to give you my observations from watching some 2013 video for the Ravens new center. I didn’t have time to watch the entire season, but wanted to select a representative 4-game sample.  Your first question may well be “How did you pick which games to watch?” To summarize:  I reviewed PFF’s season and by-game scores I noted his season score was 0.2 I picked 4 games (2 good and 2 bad as PFF scored it) with an aggregate score of close to 0 Those games included weeks 1...

FILMSTUDY: 2013 Offensive Line Analysis

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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...

FILMSTUDY: Offensive Line Notes vs. Bengals 12/29/13

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Fixing the offensive line is the Ravens’ major offseason priority. I expect 3, if not 4 of Sunday’s starters will not be on the team in 2014. The scoring against the Bengals is better than the overall offensive result for several reasons. Several of the pass-rush events were a function of failed blocks by eligible receivers or free rushers, there were no runs for negative yardage, and the number of missed blocks was low. The Bengals rushed 3 or 4 men on 42 of 52 drop backs. Despite the conservative...

FILMSTUDY: Major Changes in Store for Ravens Defense

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We’ve seen the last of some defenders, but it’s not clear how the defense will be realigned in 2014. The week 10 overtime win against Cincinnati was a turning point in many ways.  In that game, the Ravens sacked Dalton 5 times and put themselves back in the playoff hunt.  Since then, the pass rush has fallen apart despite an overall resurgence of the team and stellar play in the secondary.  This is easier to show in chart form: The Ravens have actually generated just 3 sacks in the last...

Lack of Motivation Could Send Ravens Home for Playoffs

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The Ravens head to Cincinnati this weekend with a playoff berth still possible with a win (or even with a loss). There isn’t a question about the Ravens’ desire to win this game and extend their season. It is, unfortunately, a question of motivation of the other teams the Ravens need to win. There are 4 key games: Bal @ Cin: Based on 5 international books that are posting now, the Ravens have almost exactly a 30% chance to win. That is a number that divides up the chance to...