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FILMSTUDY: Offensive line model & notes vs. Patriots 1/20/13
Posted By Ken McKusick On January 24, 2013 @ 11:33 am In Blog View,Featured,Filmstudy | 2 Comments
The AFC Championship game can be broken down into 3 distinct phases for the Ravens:
Phase 1: Through the first drive of the 2nd half (the game’s first 35 minutes), the Ravens ran their typical offense with lots of runs, 13 2-back sets among 33 plays (1 had Pitta motioned into the backfield), play action, and 7 points, and 155 yards in 6 modest possessions. The Ravens were fortunate to trail just 13-7 and got a fresh opportunity following Wes Welker’s dropped conversion attempt (Q3, 10:03).
Phase 2: The Ravens went to the no-huddle from the shotgun (the game’s next 13 minutes) and drove for 3 consecutive TDs of 87, 63, and 47 yards to take a 28-13 lead. On those 24 plays, Flacco completed 14 of 18 passes for 145 yards (plus a 15-yard pass interference drawn by Tandon Doss) with 3 TDs, 0 INT, and no sacks (8.1 YPP). The Ravens lined up without Vonta Leach on any of these plays and only twice did Pitta motion to the backfield to one side of Flacco in the shotgun. The Pats were unable to handle the pace with a secondary missing two starters (Talib and Chung).
Leading 28-13 after the Patriots’ failed 4th and 4 (Q4, 8:35), the Ravens lined up in the shotgun for one more drive that went 3 and out for -1 yard. Those 3 plays didn’t look like the same offense in more than one way. Flacco took a sack where he might have unloaded the ball and Phil Simms was upset that the he was not letting the play clock run down before the snap, but the Ravens were clearly trying to generate a first down or two with some safe passes, not attacking the middle of the field as they had on the previous three drives. The Pats weren’t buying it.
Phase 3: The Ravens ran out the clock with a 9-run drive that included 2 conversions on 3rd and 1 followed by a pair of kneels after Williams’ interception. The 27 yards on 9 carries on that first drive might not seem like much, but with the Patriots lined up to stop the run, the Ravens ran the ball down their throats for consecutive first downs. Leach was reinserted for all of these plays except one where the Ravens used three TEs. After Williams intercepted Brady’s last end-zone heave, the Ravens went into the victory formation for the last two snaps.
The Ravens’ starting linemen played all 69 snaps (excluding the 2 kneels).
McKinnie: Bryant had a solid run-blocking game with some push and 8 blocks in level 2, but allowed 4 pressure events to the pass rush of Rob Ninkovich. He was bulled by Ninkovich who then slipped off inside for a 4-yard sack (Q2, 3:10). He allowed a pressure when he gave too much ground to Ninkovich (Q4, 11:54). He again gave up too much ground on the 2nd sack of Flacco (Q4, 8:27) which forced Flacco up in the pocket. He shared that sack with Osemele. Scoring: 61 blocks, 4 missed, 2 pressures, 1.5 sacks, 48 points (.70 per play). With an adjustment for the quality of his run blocking that’s a C.
Osemele: Kelechi made 3 of 4 pulls, but was too slow to pick up Brandon Spikes’ run blitz (Q3, 13:31), which allowed Rice to be dropped for a loss of 2. He made 4 blocks in level 2 and had 1 pancake. He shared Ninkovich’s 2nd sack with McKinnie when he was bulled by Deaderick to help flush the pocket (Q4, 11:54). Scoring: 61 blocks, 4 missed, .5 penetrations, .5 pressures, .5 QH, .5 sack, 54.5 points (.79 per play). With an adjustment for some time opposite Wilfork, that’s a B-.
Birk: Matt had solid personal push and made 9 of 9 blocks successfully in level 2. His blocking highlight was a level 2 drive on Spikes (Q1, 2:40) which led Pierce’s 11-yard run. His only negative event was a QH shared with Osemele (Q4, 7:44) when each lineman failed to move off a double team to block the blitzing Spikes. Scoring: 66 blocks, 2 missed, 1/2 QH, 64.5 points (.93 per play). That’s a B+, but I’d increase to an A based on his effective push and mobility blocking.
Yanda: He was again consistent and outstanding with no pass-blocking events allowed. He was driven back by Wilfork to blow up Pierce’s run right (Q2, 4:14). Marshal connected on all 3 pulls, had 2 blocks in level 2, and had 1 pancake. Scoring: 66 blocks, 2 missed, 1.25 penetrations, 62.5 points (.91 per play). A, particularly with much of his success coming against Wilfork.
Oher: Michael had a difficult run-blocking game with an assortment of missed blocks, but was generally effective in pass protection versus Cunningham and Scott. He allowed a single full pressure to Cunningham who bulled him on Flacco’s incomplete pass to Smith (Q3, 13:05). On the TD pass to Pitta (Q3, 6:14), he appeared to get a hold of Scott’s arm and despite being beat to the inside, he did not allow Scott to impede the throw. Scoring: 58 blocks, 8 missed, .75 penetrations, 1 pressure, 54.5 points (.79 per play). B-, with a slight adjustment for opposition quality.
There has been much talk about the improvement in the new offensive line, but which position has benefitted most?
If pressed, I’d say the most improved order is LG, LT, RT, but each of these moves was worth a full grade level or perhaps a little more individually. It is exceedingly rare a team finds that sort of improvement available on its own roster.
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