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Vonta Leach flattens the Browns 11/4/12
Posted By Ken McKusick On November 10, 2012 @ 12:00 pm In Baltimore Ravens,Blog View,Featured,Filmstudy | No Comments
When the Ravens acquired Vonta Leach prior to the 2011 season, I wrote a piece analyzing the final game of the 2010 season when he led for Arian Foster who secured the AFC rushing title with a big game versus Jacksonville. You can find that article here:
This piece along with most that I write, is ideally read with access to NFL Rewind . That indexes the plays and allows you to skip quickly to any given (Quarter, Time) reference. By doing so, it’s possible to follow along with the comments I’m making and draw your own conclusions.
I’ve used a notation that includes (Quarter, Time), Down/Distance, Formation expressed in terms of the number of wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs in that order, and the backfield formation if there were 2 backs. In each case the backfield formation was either the standard “I” formation with Leach directly in front of the tailback or the offset I with Leach standing in front of the tailback and either left or right as they both face the line of scrimmage.
In bold, I have indicated whether or not Leach made a block, the opponent blocked, and a rating of 0-5 based on the scale at the bottom of the article.
Leach played 39 snaps (excluding 3 penalties) Sunday versus the Browns in what I think was his best run-blocking game so far this season. Here are my notes from the 28 running plays for which Leach was on the field:
For the scoring of blocks, I used the following very rough guideline:
5: Maneuvered his opponent out of the play with a jarring hit, pancake, drive blocking, or position
4: Neutralized his opponent in place
3: Solid hit, but opponent was able to adjust back into the play
2: The most accurate definition would probably be “less than 3 and more than 1”
1: Some contact, but block was ineffective
0: Missed block or failed to find a block
NB: Did not attempt a block.
Scoring: 28 Run blocking plays (4 unscored, 24 scored, 91 points, 3.8 per play). He had 15 blocks I scored a 5 (16 if you count the 2 he had on 1 play) and 4 misses.
When I write something, I have to balance two needs. I want to make a list for the folks that have video and want to see examples of what I’m describing. I also assume many folks will simply read to see if their perceptions are similar to what I have written. I’m not going to ascribe some great meaning to this scoring system. Subjectively, he had an outstanding game and this scoring method identifies a number of punishing blocks. So why do I attach scores? I like to use some metric each time I review something new so I compare on an internally consistent basis. Since I’ve scored the blocks, it’s my view that the system/scores may as well be transparent.
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