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    FILMSTUDY: Breaking down the Offensive Line performances v. Chargers



    Plus a feature on Anquan Boldin

    Anquan Boldin has carried the Ravensí receiving corps at times this season, but heading into his final year under contract, he has some weaknesses which arenít going away, and others that are being exacerbated by his reduced speed.

    He was targeted 8 times with 2 catches, but might have caught any of three balls that went incomplete.

    - He was slowed following the flight of the ball over his head and couldnít quite catch up to a deep ball down the right sideline when he had Jammer beat (Q1, 9:56).
    - Gilchrist had tight coverage and didnít find the football, but he distracted Boldin from picking up a well-thrown ball which would have converted a 3rd down (Q1, 7:35)
    - He got a piece of the high throw (Q4, 2:18) that was nearly picked off by Weddle on the right sideline.

    A younger Boldin would have made at least 2 of those 3 catches. Add the personal foul to this list and you have a pretty bad game.

    However, his awareness was never more apparent than on Riceís 4th and 29 conversion (Q4, 1:59). All four split receivers ran routes to at least the 30. Pitta crossed the hashes, giving the Ravens two targets on each side.

    As the pass went to Rice, Boldin stood near the numbers on the left side at the 27-yard line. Heís lost (even on the top view) as Rice was breaking across the field, but you then see a full-speed Boldin lining up Weddle who was moving to intercept Rice as Ray turned the corner and moved back upfield. Boldin anticipated the spot, set Rice up to work off his block, didnít lead with the helmet to risk injury or a penalty, and delivered the blow at full speed with his side to flatten the Chargersí Pro Bowler.

    Should it have been flagged? Quite possibly, but Boldin helped avoid the flag by identifying the interception point such that he arrived a split second sooner and delivered the block in a way that appeared clean. Itís among the best efforts Iíve ever seen a receiver make to throw a block.

    The Ravens had 88 snaps (excluding Flaccoís 3 kneels) and the starting linemen played every snap:

    Oher: Michael regressed against the Chargers. He was beaten outside by Barnes for a sack (Q4, 2:07), but recovered Flaccoís fumble on the play to set up Riceís dramatic conversion. Liuget moved across his face for penetration to take down Pierce for a loss of two on 4th and 1 (Q3, 0:34). The seven pressure events had a consistent theme:

    (Q1, 9:56) Split 4-way pressure when Liuget split double team with him and Reid
    (Q1, 2:15) Bulled by Reyes
    (Q3, 12:29) Shared a pressure with Rice on overload left
    (Q4, 5:01) Bulled low by Barnes
    (Q4, 2:12) Bulled by Liuget
    (OT, 10:06) Allowed PD by Liuget despite being engaged and holding ground
    (OT, 3:20) Bulled by Ingram

    Scoring: 71 blocks, 7 missed, 1.5 penetrations, 5.75 pressures (5 + 0.5 + 0.25) pressures, 1 sack, 50.5 points (.57 per play). D with an adjustment for recovering the fumble. It was barely a passing grade, but it was a poor day in most dimensions.

    And for the rest of the offensive line, CLICK HERE
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    Re: FILMSTUDY: Breaking down the Offensive Line performances v. Chargers

    Thanks for the link Tony

    and Thank you Ken for another super detailed recap.

    Reading the O-line can be depressing, but my gut tells me that everyone improves when we physically upgrade the C.
    (Not knocking Birk's brain or his heart but his body is starting to resemble an old Yugo, and that has to bring everyone's line play down a little)
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    Re: FILMSTUDY: Breaking down the Offensive Line performances v. Chargers

    Really good stuff! Thanks to Tony and Film/Ken (BTW, has anybody ever seen Filmstudy and Superman -- or Perry White or Jimmy Olsen, for that matter -- at the same time in the same room???)

    Question, and maybe better directed to B-Ravor -- what's the situation with Boldin's contract status? I believe he's 32, so not a really "old" guy for a receiver, but getting there. A quick google search page indicates he's a $6 million dollar man for 2012. Is his contract for more years than this one? Any bonuses, back-end salary increases, etc.? I have to think Ozzie and the Ravens are assessing what to do with him over the course of the next few seasons based upon his CAP impact(s).




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    Osemele's "pin and turn" move on Rice's run was one of the coolest things I've seen an offensive lineman do.




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    Thats good work Film. That O-Line performance was pretty bad, I hope it can only get better. Maybe they need Leach and a TE to stay in and block more often.




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    Re: FILMSTUDY: Breaking down the Offensive Line performances v. Chargers

    Quote Originally Posted by Boulderraven View Post
    Thats good work Film. That O-Line performance was pretty bad, I hope it can only get better. Maybe they need Leach and a TE to stay in and block more often.
    Problem is none of the TE's can block.
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    Re: FILMSTUDY: Breaking down the Offensive Line performances v. Chargers

    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post
    Problem is none of the TE's can block.
    Leach can block better than most tight ends in the league and should be used as such. Pitta is a great receiver but can't block to save his life as you've said, and Dickson is well... Ed Dickson.




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    Re: FILMSTUDY: Breaking down the Offensive Line performances v. Chargers

    Pretty much everyone had a bad game on the Oline, apart from maybe Osemele. Osemele clearly has talent, he just needs to put it all together, tough for a rookie to do, he's been more impressive than Mike Adams though on and off the field.

    It must be said that this should come to no surprise, Olines normally really struggle on long trips like this, it's almost impossible for an Olineman to recover in time for a game, being such a physically demanding position that requires intelligence and concentration as well as a huge amount of physical effort. This is why our Oline plays so well at home, but not so much on the road.




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    Re: FILMSTUDY: Breaking down the Offensive Line performances v. Chargers

    This would be the week you want to see McKinnie pick up and slam Harrison again.




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    Quote Originally Posted by leachisabeast View Post
    Pretty much everyone had a bad game on the Oline, apart from maybe Osemele. Osemele clearly has talent, he just needs to put it all together, tough for a rookie to do, he's been more impressive than Mike Adams though on and off the field.

    It must be said that this should come to no surprise, Olines normally really struggle on long trips like this, it's almost impossible for an Olineman to recover in time for a game, being such a physically demanding position that requires intelligence and concentration as well as a huge amount of physical effort. This is why our Oline plays so well at home, but not so much on the road.
    Osemele had so much trouble with Barnes... He was a turnstile at times and he can't handle the speed rushers




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    Quote Originally Posted by RavensQB View Post
    This would be the week you want to see McKinnie pick up and slam Harrison again.




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    Quote Originally Posted by RavensQB View Post
    This would be the week you want to see McKinnie pick up and slam Harrison again.
    Probably more likely to see him pick up some gatorade and slam it on the sideline.

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