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FILMSTUDY: Offensive Line Model and Notes vs. Browns 9/27/12

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With the new alignment, I think it’s worthwhile to examine not only the game against the Browns, but also the performance of each lineman to date this season. The Ravens’ starters played all 77 offensive snaps. Oher:  He had a night of negative visibility but Michael’s penalties kept his score down this week in what would otherwise have been his best game of the season.  The false start was one where it appeared he knew when the ball was to be snapped (perhaps by something he initiated, but he beat...

FILMSTUDY: Defensive Notes vs. Browns 9/27/12

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If you wanted more variety for the Ravens’ pass rush, you got it Thursday. The Ravens used a blend by scheme and number.  While they only sacked Weeden once in 53 passes, they knocked him down on 9 other occasions, generated an intentional grounding penalty, and induced a hold.  It’s not time to start worrying about the pass rush after a game where the QB takes that sort of a beating.  Weeden played well, but his 59.8 rating was impacted by the Ravens’ rush. By my scoring method, Pees attempted...

FILMSTUDY: Offensive Line Model and Notes vs. Patriots 9/23/12

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What a great game! I couldn’t stop saying it and on the way back to the car, but Maureen suggested 2 other home games in Ravens’ history with that sort of drama.  The 44-41 win over Seattle in 2003 was a bigger comeback that featured a litany of extraordinary plays.  Similarly, the win over Jacksonville in 2000 capped by Sharpe’s game winning TD was the milestone first win over what was thought to be the biggest divisional obstacle at the time. I’ll watch all 3 of these games many more...

FILMSTUDY: Offensive Line Model and Notes vs. Eagles 9/16/11

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An effective 4-man pass rush is perhaps the single most valuable defensive asset in today’s game.  Teams that can get pressure with 4 will find a way to stop the passing game of virtually any NFL team.  Conversely, teams that can’t stop the 4-man rush are almost universally unsuccessful. The Eagles rushed exactly 4 on 34 of Flacco’s 44 drop backs.  Every one of those 34 plays was a simple rush of their 4-man front without any blitzers or zone drops.  On those plays Flacco was afforded Ample Time and...

FILMSTUDY: 13 Plays that would haunt the Ravens

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Breakdown of the big pass plays v. Philadelphia Eagles (9/16/12) One of the new Tuesday night pleasures is the release of the coaches’ film for the Sunday games on NFL Rewind.  Given how the Ravens lost Sunday’s game, I thought it would be worthwhile to review the biggest plays from that game. The coaches’ film is available with the Season Plus package.  It’s a newly-offered $70 per year package that I recommend.  If you read my column regularly, I include the quarter and time references so you can follow with...

FILMSTUDY: Defensive Analysis v. Eagles

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Let’s avoid the clichés, because there are a number of other places on the web to read how: The officials had difficulty spotting the ball, did not know the proper distance on offensive pass interference, and simply called a weak, inconsistent game. The Ravens pass defense is in shambles (which I don’t believe to be true). With the number of quality QBs the Ravens will face this season, they are in big trouble (again, I would not infer this from Sunday’s result). To summarize Sunday’s loss, I’d say the Ravens...

FILMSTUDY: Offensive Line Model and Notes vs. Bengals 9/10/11

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The Ravens entered the opener with no greater question mark than their offensive line.  When the game was finished, the offense had an impressive list of accomplishments: ·         They looked comfortable in the no-huddle offense and tired the Bengals defense despite a modest play count ·         The skill position players bailed out the line for some bad blocking (particularly on the 2nd drive) to score ·         They did not turn the ball over and took advantage when Cincinnati failed to capitalize on turnover opportunities ·         The offensive line was not...

FILMSTUDY: Ravens v. Bengals Defensive Analysis

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Unanswered Questions The season opener means as much to you as it does to me, I’m sure.  However, because I’ll spend more time watching this game (because there aren’t others from this season to review right now) than most, there is a special significance. Last year’s opener left very few questions as to the strength of the Ravens either offensively or defensively as Flacco had one of his best games, the team rushed for 175 yards vs. the Steelers, and the defense had 4 sacks en route to a 7-0...

FILMSTUDY: Preseason Game 4—Why Watch a Preseason Finale?

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I’m on vacation and ended up watching the Rams feed of the game.  It’s a different perspective, which really gives you an opportunity to focus on the Ravens’ negatives because the replays are primarily Rams’ highlights.  To summarize: ·         Ross Tucker, who is one of several morning drive analysts for Sirius does the Rams preseason games and is outstanding.  He doesn’t tailor his commentary for the least common audience, and will frequently discuss key blocks at the point of attack and when the edge is lost. ·         Marshall Faulk isn’t...

FILMSTUDY: Preseason Game 3—The Stars Come out to Shine

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It’s easy to get excited about this game and I don’t typically bother commenting on the regulars during the preseason, but I can’t help myself from providing some bullets: ·         Flacco had Ample Time and Space (ATS) on 28 of 38 drop backs (74%) which was a higher percentage of ATS than any game in the last 2 seasons (previous high 71%, 2-year aggregate 49%) ·         On throws with ATS, Flacco was 21 of 28 for 233 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT (8.3 YPP) ·         Without ATS he...

FILMSTUDY: Individual Defensive Grades and Notes v. Jacksonville

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(Game Rating/Cumulative Preseason Rating)–Defense Brown, Omar (0/+3):  He replaced Cook (Q3, 9:04) after his injury and delivered a vicious undercut of Parmele to hold him to a gain of 2 (Q3, 3:13) on a pass right. Brown, Ricky (0/+2):  No notes, but he had 2 tackles. Carr (+2/-2):  Nigel bounced back from one of the worst preseason games I can recall against the Lions.  He worked off the pull of Brewster to take down Parmele for a gain of 3.  He pursued well to take down Murphy for a gain...

FILMSTUDY: Individual Offensive Grades and Notes v. Jacksonville

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(Game Rating/Cumulative Preseason Rating) Allen (0/-3):  I only noticed him in for 1 snap offensively and he did not have a touch.  He was in on kick coverage.  I assume this means he is no longer part of the RB competition. Bajema (0/0):  He has the 3rd TE position secure.  On Friday he was targeted 5 times with 3 catches.  Balasavage (0/-4):  No longer part of the discussion.  Berry (+1/+2):  Berry had a solid game as a receiver versus the Lions, catching all 6 passes thrown his way for 59...

FILMSTUDY: Ravens pass rush doesn’t deliver v. Detroit Lions

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Ravens Fail to Get Home versus Lions With the loss of Suggs and just 2 sacks in the first 2 preseason games, Ravens fans are understandably concerned about the pass rush. New Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees already has a reputation for complex blitz schemes.  I wanted to see if I could come up with an objective measure to analyze that tag.  We spent a couple of hours Saturday charting the pass rush including: ·         Identification of each player at the line of scrimmage in a 2 or 3-point stance...

FILMSTUDY: Atlanta Browned out by Ravens–Preseason Game 1 Review

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A number of camp battles are now in progress with the Ravens, and the injuries Thursday increased that total.  However, I don’t think there is anything more important than figuring out how the Ravens will maintain their defensive dominance versus the run after losing the premiere edge-setting tandem in the NFL over the last decade (Suggs and JJ). The Ravens didn’t give up any big runs on Thursday as the Falcons ran just 21 times for 71 yards (long of 9), but in the biggest surprise of the opener, Albert...

FILMSTUDY: Bobbie Williams Blocking Review

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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...

FILMSTUDY: So what do the Ravens have in Jacoby Jones?

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Jacoby Jones is the 3rd ex-Texan to receive a significant contract from the Ravens since the beginning of 2011.  If he can approach the level of play provided by Vonta Leach or Bernard Pollard, they’ll have found another bargain.  Jones projects as the Ravens’ primary punt returner, but had a significant role as a receiver for the Texans in 2011.  With injuries to Andre Johnson (9 games missed) and Kevin Walter (1 game), Jones led all Houston receivers with 808 snaps and was active for all 18 games. The most...

Who is the Ravens best ever fifth-round draft pick?

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It’s often difficult to understand how others view the world, but I wanted to give a window into how I do in the context of an evaluation I made 4 years ago. In 2008, I wanted to write a piece on how evaluations need to change rapidly when assessing NFL talent and put that in the context of a particular question. The hypothetical question was:  Who is the player most likely to be identified as the Ravens best 5th round draft pick ever in the 2020 Media Guide (the Ravens...

Contrary to popular opinion Ravens schedule not unfavorable

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Repeat after me…”The Ravens are entirely responsible for which teams they play.”  The only potential chance to be robbed by the schedule makers is in the order, day of the week, previous opponent schedule, or placement of the bye.  The Ravens have a number of fair elements in their schedule with no glaring difficulty.  Let’s start with the positives: ·         The Ravens play a single Thursday game, and it’s at home.  There are 18 total Thursday games, 15 of which are up for grabs (excludes Thanksgiving presents to Dallas and...

FILMSTUDY: 2011 Season Defensive Personnel Analysis—Secondary

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Cornerback was the weakest position in preseason.  Domonique Foxworth was still recovering from the ACL tear which shelved him for 2010.  Cary Williams was the team’s best corner, but did not use his physicality as much as might be hoped.  Lardarius Webb was criticized by message board pundits for his lack of technique.  Chris Carr was also struggling with injuries. Meanwhile at safety, injury questions continued to surround Ed Reed and the newly acquired Bernard Pollard could not win the starting strong safety spot from Tom Zbikowski. From there, the...

FILMSTUDY: 2011 Season Defensive Personnel Analysis—Linebackers

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In the year of the quarterback, the Ravens not only led the NFL in opposing passer rating (68.8), they also led the AFC in sacks with the 2nd highest total (48) in franchise history.  As usual, the Ravens also stopped the run effectively despite injury issues at inside linebacker (ILB). The Ravens have no defensive level with more potential for change than linebacker.  Jarrett Johnson, Brendan Ayanbadejo, and Jameel McClain are free agents, and may not be back.  Dannell Ellerbe will fight to win a job.  And, of course, the...