I wanted to provide a brief evaluation of the linemen only this week.
The scoring is based on 61 offensive snaps for the Ravens, all of which were competitive.
Monroe: Eugene had his first excellent game as a Raven. He did not make a single error resulting in a negative score and missed just 4 blocks. He pulled successfully once, administered 2 pancakes, and made 2 blocks in level 2. Scoring: 57 blocks, 4 missed, 57 points (.93 per play). A. The last LT to play as well for the Ravens was Bryant McKinnie, who scored .94 (1 more block in 1 more play) against the Texans in the divisional game in Baltimore following the 2011 season (28 games ago).
Osemele: Osemele’s need for back surgery after the season is devastating to both his career and his value to the Ravens. It does, however, provide a reason as to why he has not played well. That said, he had his best game of the year on Sunday. Keisel and Williams each bulled him once for a shared pressure. Heyward brushed by him and then bulled Gradkowski for a 3rd shared pressure (Q4, 13:56). He got good push when run blocking, made 5 blocks in L2, and had 2 pancakes. Scoring: 54 blocks, 4 missed, 1.5 pressures, 51 points (.84 per play). His quality run blocking is offset by 2 pressures where he would have been fully charged had someone not been present to share the event. B.
Gradkowski: I’d encourage anyone who is observing the debate over Gradkowski to simply watch for a game on NFL rewind or from your own DVR. To maximize transparency, here are all of his negative scoring plays from this game for your review:
- (Q1, 12:25) He was bulled straight back by McClendon for a pressure.
- (Q1, 11:47) He was beaten by a stunt, then a spin move by Worilds which disrupted Flacco and gave Woodley time to deliver a slow-developing QH shared with Oher.
- (Q1, 0:50) On 3rd and 1, McClendon penetrated past Gino’s right arm to take down Rice for a loss of 1.
- (Q2, 6:23) He was bulled into Flacco by McLendon for a pressure.
- (Q3, 11:55) He and Yanda were jointly bulled by Heyward for a pressure.
- (Q3, 11:49) The Ravens zone blocked to the right and Polomalu flew by his face to take down Rice for a loss of 2.
- (Q4, 13:56) He was bulled by Heyward (who Osemele initially missed) for a shared pressure.
- (Q4, 7:37) He was bulled by Ziggy Hood to flush Flacco left on a play he completed to Jones for a gain of 8.
Scoring: 49 blocks, 4 missed, 2 penetrations, 4 pressures (3 + 2 x ½), 1/2 QH, 35.5 points (.58 per play). That’s another F and .19 per play short of a D- at center.
Yanda: Marshal finally had a game worthy of his Pro Bowl status after 4 consecutive poor games. In addition to a fine game against Heyward, he pulled twice successfully and had 4 blocks in L2. Scoring: 58 blocks, 2 missed, ½ penetration, 57 points (.93 per play). A.
Oher: Michael regressed after a top-shelf performance versus Green Bay. He didn’t get great push in the run game, but I scored him for just 1 pressure when he was bulled then beaten inside by Neal (Q4, 14:22). He did a good job of getting back to keep Jones out of the end zone on the strip sack (Q2, 0:12). Scoring: 50 blocks, 6 missed, 3.5 pressures, ½ QH, 1 holding, 35.5 points (.58 per play). He faced LaMarr Woodley, who was the Steelers best active pass rusher, so his play is adjusted up from a high F to a D.