Colts Batter Ravens on Edges and Up Middle

Filmstudy Colts Batter Ravens on Edges and Up Middle

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Each lineman played all 56 competitive snaps (excludes 1 spike before halftime):

Hurst:  After a solid first game, James was awful at Indianapolis.  He was party to 3 of the 4 sacks and had trouble winning 1-on-1 matchups on the left side all day.  Here’s his list of pass-blocking failures:


  • (Q1, 4:19)  Hurst was beaten outside by Werner, but Wagner did not block Redding on the right side.  I charged 2/3 of the sack to Hurst.
  • (Q1, 3:36)  He again failed to block Werner on the very next play to allow a pressure.
  • (Q2, 15:00)  He was bulled by Werner for a pressure.
  • (Q2, 12:15)  Newsome bulled Hurst for a pressure on a pass Flacco completed for 26 yards anyway.
  • (Q2, 10:09)  On 4th and goal, Hurst was beaten outside by the blitzing Sergio Brown for the sack.
  • (Q2, 0:27)  Hurst was again beaten outside by Werner for a shared pressure.
  • (Q3, 5:16)  He and Wagner shared another pressure as James was bulled by Walden.
  • (Q4, 1:49)  Hurst was bulled by Werner for another sack.  I gave 1/3 of the charge to Wagner, who was bulled on the other side by Walden to compress the pocket.

He was susceptible to the bull rush and simply not quick enough to react to speed.

Scoring:  44 blocks, 3 missed, 3.5 pressures, 2/3 QH, 2.167 (1 + 2/3 + ½) sacks, 22 points (.39 per play).

I credited an adjustment of .03 for quality of competition to all of the Ravens’ linemen which leaves him with an F before or after adjustment.  I sincerely hope the problem was related to crowd noise.  This wasn’t the worst game ever for a Ravens’ lineman – Oniel Cousins’ performance versus Woodley on 12/27/09 was worse – but Werner had been a 1st-round bust until this game.

Osemele:  Kelechi didn’t miss many blocks, but he had a costly illegal use of hands penalty that stalled a drive in the 3rd quarter.  He also got the full charge for Redding’s sack when he was beaten outside by the ex-Raven (Q1, 8:30).  He made all 4 of his level-2 blocks.  His highlight was a man-among-boys combination block where he first pinned Kerr for Hurst, then delivered a level 2 blow to Freeman that knocked him back into Brown to spring Forsett on his 11-yard TD run (Q4, 7:20).

Scoring:  54 blocks, 1 missed, 1 sack, 1 illegal use of hands, 42 points (.75 per play).  With adjustment, that’s a C.

Zuttah:  Jeremy had the best game of any of the linemen.  He was bulled by Kerr to compress the pocket on Newsome’s QH (Q2, 12:15).  He made 2 of 3 blocks in level 2.  His highlight blocks came on consecutive runs by Pierce (beginning Q3, 10:00).  On the first, he served up NT Hughes for Yanda to cut, then moved to kickout McNary in level 2 to lead Pierce for a gain of 12.  He essentially duplicated the effort on the next play although it went for a gain of just 2.

Scoring: 53 blocks, 2 missed, 1/6 QH, 52.5 points (.94 per play).

I contemplated whether the regular A-gap pressure should be reflected in Zuttah’s score, but I think it’s really on Flacco where there was not a back in to block.  With adjustment, that’s an A.

Yanda:  Marshal was flagged for holding (Q3, 4:37) which was declined when the Colts stopped Forsett 10 yards shy of a 1st down.  Of possible times to take a holding flag, that was one of the best.  I have at times forgiven penalties that occur at the end of a game (say) for scoring purposes, but the problem is Yanda’s penalty was independent of the play and had Forsett broken tackles up the sideline, we would be talking about Yanda with significantly more disdain today.  He shared a pressure with Hurst (Q2, 0:27) when he failed to pick up the stunting Jean-Francois to allow the pocket to compress.  He made 4 of 5 level-2 blocks, but missed his only pull.  In additions to some nice NT takedowns mentioned under Zuttah, he teed up Jean-Francois for Wagner, then bullied McNary in level 2 to lead Pierce’s 13-yard run up the middle.

Scoring:  53 blocks, 2 missed, ½ pressure, 1 holding, 46 points (.82 per play).  B.

Wagner:  Rick had a mixed day with solid run blocking, but he was party to 6 pass-blocking breakdowns.  Most notably, I gave him a piece of 2 sacks where Hurst was the primary.  He failed to block Redding which left Forsett to block 2 players in the pocket (Q1, 4:19).  He was bulled by Walden to compress the pocket on the final sack (Q4, 1:49).

Scoring:  49 blocks, 1 missed, 2.5 pressures, 1/6 QH, .58 sacks (1/4 + 1/3), 40 points (.71 per play).  C.

Flacco had ample time and space (ATS) on 20 of 41 drop backs (49%).  Summarized:

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This was the first time in 2014 that Flacco had an above average day with ample time and space (ATS).  After his best game ever under pressure he had an awful game against the Colts.

Summarizing the results relative to expectation:

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In the 2nd half in particular, the Colts continually brought a blitzer from off the line of scrimmage and brought 5 or more on 14 of 26 drop backs.

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Ken McKusick

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Known as “Filmstudy” from his handle on area message boards, Ken is a lifelong Baltimorean and rabid fan of Baltimore sports. He grew up within walking distance of Memorial Stadium and attended all but a handful of Orioles games from 1979 through 2001. He got his start in sports modeling with baseball in the mid 1980’s. He began writing about the Ravens in 2006 and maintains a library of video for every game the team has played. He’s a graduate of Syracuse with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Math who recently retired from his actuarial career to pursue his passion as a football analyst full time. If you have math or modeling questions related to sports or gambling, Ken is always interested in hearing new problems or ideas. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or followed on Twitter @filmstudyravens. More from Ken McKusick


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