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Offensive Line Model & Notes vs. Miami 10/26/17

After cutting Tony Bergstrom for the 2nd time in 2 weeks, the Ravens activated all 7 offensive linemen. Having 7 active OL is normal, but having just 7 on the roster is extremely unusual.

The fact that the Redskins signed the recently released Bergstrom, street free agent Orlando Franklin, and Ravens practice-squad member Alex Kouandjio speaks to the shortage of offensive line talent league wide. It also is an indication of the risk the Ravens have taken by having just 7 OL on the roster.

Unfortunately, the Ravens injury situation at other positions makes stashing even 1 extra lineman difficult. This week, Bronson Kaufusi was the only healthy scratch.

The bye week can’t come soon enough.

Jumbo and Unbalanced

The Ravens made their first extensive use of unbalanced formations with 9 such plays to go with 7 snaps with a 6-man line:


The only pass from either of these formations was the 2-yard TD to Watson (Q2, 2:00).

Offensive Line Scoring

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The Ravens ran 59 scored snaps (excludes accepted penalties which result in no play, kneels, spikes, and special teams plays that result in a run or pass).

Stanley: Ronnie did not allow a single pass rush event, but had his score reduced by 2 penalties. He gave ground to DE Hayes which helped allow Suh take down Allen for a loss of 1 (Q3, 4:57). Both of his penalties stalled drives, but his illegal formation flag (Q2, 0:53) negated a 23-yard catch and run by Rainey. He had 6 blocks in level 2, 1 pancake, and made his only pull. His highlight was a combination block on Harris then Timmons in level 2 (Q3, 14:54).

Scoring: 55 plays, 48 blocks, 6 missed, 1/2 penetration, 1 false start, 1 illegal formation, 41 points (.75 per play).  That’s a C+ at tackle after adjustment.

Hurst: James had another solid outing including 4 snaps at LT while Stanley left with an apparent stinger. His only full charge was a pressure allowed when bulled by Godchaux (Q2, 8:53). He had a pair of partial penetration charges including one split 4 ways (Q2, 2:20). He had 7 blocks in level 2, 2 pancakes, and converted 8 of 10 pulls. Because he had a half penetration allowed on 1 of his pulls, he scored 7 points on such blocks and is now 24 of 30 points on pulls over the last 5 games. It would take me a while to determine when the Ravens last had a guard who pulled as frequently as he has this season (57 total attempts in 8 games), but I don’t recall that Yanda or Grubbs ever pulled as often. He had 2 highlights, the better of which was a combination block to pin Godchaux then move to level 2 to block Timmons (Q1, 11:08).

Scoring: 59 plays, 50 blocks, 5 missed, .75 (1/2 + ¼) penetration,1 pressure, 1/3 QH, 45.5 points (.77 per play).  After adjustment that’s a C+. If the Ravens are to win primarily with a combination of a running game and defense, Hurst will have to continue to play well.

Jensen: Ryan’s retaliatory hit on Alonso may earn him a fine, but he gained standing as a leader with his teammates. He was party to the goal line penetration mentioned above for Hurst (1/4 share for his only negative event. He missed 7 blocks, which is a lot for a center, but only 2 of those were cases where he was beaten. He had 9 blocks in level 2, 2 pancakes, and 4 highlights. He had 3 combination blocks, but his most significant highlight was a block on Maualuga in level 2 to help lead Collins’ 12-yard gain (Q3, 14:54). He also seemed to deliver his few shotgun snaps on target, which was a problem at Minnesota.  I adjusted his score by .09 to reflect opponent quality, highlight blocks, and the unnecessary roughness penalty he drew on Suh. I am still interested to know how Suh remained in the game after his choke hold on Mallett (Q4, 7:00), which was his 2nd unnecessary roughness flag of the game.

Scoring: 59 plays, 51 blocks, 7 missed, ¼ penetration, 50.5 points (.86 per play). That’s an A after adjustment.

Skura:  Matt returned after 2 weeks out and turned in a solid performance, mostly against Ndamukong Suh. Suh beat him for 3 full pressures (beaten inside, steamrolled, bulled/pancaked), a half pressure, and a half penetration.  His score was buoyed by the fact I scored him for just 1 missed block. He had 3 blocks in level 2 and made all 3 of his pulls. His highlight was a combination block on Suh then Jones in level 2 (Q1, 0:29).

Scoring: 59 plays, 52 blocks, 1 missed, .75 (1/2 + ¼) penetrations, 3 pressures, 1/3 QH, 43.5 points (.74 per play). After adjustment, that’s a C+ at guard. In a game full of positive notes on defense, Skura’s return against Suh was one which increases my expectation of OL play the rest of the season.

Howard:  Austin had difficulty with Cameron Wake. He was beaten inside by Hayes for a QH (Q1, 7:25), beaten outside by Wake for a QH (Q2, 4:41), and had 1/3 of the charge for the QH by Harris, when Wake bulled him as part of the pressure (Q1, 10:26). He also surrendered 2 full pressures to Wake (beaten outside, bulled). Austin accumulated 7 missed blocks, 4 of which came when he was unable to make a block in level 2. He had 3 blocks in level 2 and 1 pancake.

Scoring: 59 plays, 45 blocks, 7 missed, .75 (1/2 + ¼) penetrations, 2 pressures, 2.33 QHs, 32.5 points (.55 per play). That’s a D after adjustment for opponent quality.

Bowanko: Luke had 4 snaps at LG and 7 more as a 6th lineman. He made all 11 blocks, had 3 blocks in level 2 and 1 pancake. His highlight was a push and pancake of Fede to help lead Allen’s 9-yard run (Q4, 9:37).

Scoring: 11 plays, 11 blocks, 11 points (1.00 per play).  That’s the most you can hope from a backup, but he fell short of the 20-snap requirement for a grade.

If you’re interested in seeing scoring trends for the players this season, these charts will be updated weekly.

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Ken McKusick

About Ken McKusick

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 or followed on Twitter @filmstudyravens. More from Ken McKusick


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