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FILMSTUDY: Defensive Highs And Lows in Cincinnati

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Defensive Notes vs. Bengals 10/26/14 Matt Elam’s problems mushroomed Sunday with 5 missed tackles versus the Bengals. How much did that cost the Ravens? Let’s take a look: • (Q1, 13:27): Sanu was in front of Webb and Elam and leapt to tip the ball to himself for a 48-yard reception (17 + 31 YAC) between the right hash and numbers. Webb anticipated an overthrow and positioned himself for an interception that never arrived. Elam took a bad angle to Sanu and missed the tackle to surrender 29 of the...

FILMSTUDY: Ravens OL Best in Football Through 8 Games

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At the midway point of this season, it’s time to take stock of the Ravens’ linemen, and despite a pair of significant injuries, they remain the best line in football. Sunday was no exception as the regulars all returned to play against the Bengals and provided ATS on 20 of 35 drop backs.  The only sack came on a protracted play where the pocket held up well.  With the exception of a pair of goal-line plays, the run blocking was also successful. Included here are the grading charts for the...

FILMSTUDY: O-Line Grades well vs. Falcons

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Offensive Line Model and Notes vs. Falcons 10/19/14 In years past, the Ravens would carry an offensive player solely (or nearly so) for his special teams value.  Those days are gone. Let’s do this by year of the Harbaugh era: 2008: Terrence Copper, Jalen Parmele, Marcus “I started an AFC Championship Game without a career reception” Smith 2009: Matt Lawrence, Parmele, LJ Smith, David Tyree 2010: Parmele, David Reed, and Marcus Smith 2011: Allen, Tandon Doss, Reed, Kris Wilson, and LaQuan Williams 2012: Allen, Reed, Deonte Thompson, and LaQuan Williams 2013:...

FILMSTUDY: Pass Rush Reminiscent of 2006

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Defensive Notes vs. Falcons 10/19/14 The Ravens received solid performances from a number of defenders who will be central to their 2nd half push en route to a 29-7 thrashing of the Falcons. The arrival of Will Hill and commitment to Dominique Franks helped clarify what had been a murky rotation in the secondary. The Ravens still found playing time for 4 safeties (Brooks, Elam, Hill, and Stewart), but there were no big nickel (3-safety) alignments and no cases where a safety was asked to play a WR in the...

FILMSTUDY: ‘He’s Gonna be Sore!’

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Ravens at Bucs 10/12/14 Quarterback Hit (QH) is actually a difficult term to find defined. Here’s the definition I use in my analysis: • The QB is knocked to the ground during or following a pass. • QHs may be shared, but the shares must sum to 1. • Not included are sacks where the ball is stripped, but the QB remains upright or runs out of bounds without being knocked down (most, but not all sacks are QHs). • Effective, but excluded from QH totals, are hits on the...

FILMSTUDY: O-Line Deep And Talented

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Offensive Line Model and Notes vs. Bucs 10/12/14 The prospects looked dim with Monroe still out and Osemele inactive for Sunday’s game, but the Ravens again proved deep enough with solid performances from both backups. As a group, the line didn’t allow a sack and Flacco was knocked down just once. There were 6 separate run losses where responsibility for penetration was assigned, but no game changers (4 times -1, 1 of -2, and the fumbled exchange). For the first time this season, the line was penalized 4 times. While...

FILMSTUDY: The Emergence of CJ Mosley

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Ravens at Colts 10/5/14 I’ve heard it said the Ravens have failed to turn over their franchise to their young talent, but the changing of the guard on defense is not only here, it’s virtually complete. I’ll have more on that a little later. For now, let’s talk about one of the Ravens’ young stars, CJ Mosley. Mosley has exceeded all reasonable expectations in his first 5 NFL games and has played so well on instincts and raw talent that it’s difficult to project a ceiling. Sunday’s game was a...

FILMSTUDY: Colts Batter Ravens on Edges and Up Middle

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Each lineman played all 56 competitive snaps (excludes 1 spike before halftime): Hurst:  After a solid first game, James was awful at Indianapolis.  He was party to 3 of the 4 sacks and had trouble winning 1-on-1 matchups on the left side all day.  Here’s his list of pass-blocking failures:   (Q1, 4:19)  Hurst was beaten outside by Werner, but Wagner did not block Redding on the right side.  I charged 2/3 of the sack to Hurst. (Q1, 3:36)  He again failed to block Werner on the very next play...

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...