In this weekly article, Pro Football Spotlight will bring you the blocking performances of the recent Broncos game, as well as some additional data. For example: Did you know that Daniel Fells had one of his best days run blocking against the Raiders?
Let’s take a look at the those blocking grades…
|Team Run Blocking||Power Blocking||Power Score||2nd Level Blocks|
|Did the lineman get the job done or not? These grades are good for understanding value for a team and not necessarily for comparing across teams. A game in the mid 80s to 90% is a decent score.||How often did the offensive lineman dominate the block or how often did he get dominated? These scores are good for comparing across teams and finding the most dominant lineman in the league.||Anything over zero is a good score. The more over zero the more the lineman dominated the defender. Each lineman is scored a minus for being dominated, a zero for a draw, or a plus for dominating the defender.||The number of success over failures for the lineman when blocking linebackers and safeties on the second level. The lineman must be athletic to accomplish a high second level score.|
- Run Blocking
Run Blocking Grades
Run Grade Bar Power Pull 2nd Grade Score Block Level Fells 92% +2 0 1 Larsen 98% 0 0 0 Thomas 98% 0 0 1 Moreno 98% 0 0 0
Run Blocking Notes:
- At 2:07 in the 1st quarter, Daniel Fells demonstrates a great motor on the backside of a run play. He fires off, engages, drives his legs and doesn’t stop until the whistle. If Fells continues the type of blocking he demonstrated in this game then he has truly become a good blocking tight end in the NFL. Most tight ends lack a desire to become a great blocker…a desire that most offensive lineman have acquired. So it is nice to see a tight end put a little energy into blocking. Nice job by Fells this week.
- It looks like the fullback might not be getting as many reps with Tebow at quarterback. That might be due to the types of plays Denver is now running and the fact that Tebow is a runner. Larsen does get a few reps during the Raider game, however. He ends the day with a 98% run blocking grade.
- Julius Thomas only gets a couple of reps in the Raiders game. But the ones he has are generally, good.
|Team Pass Blocking||Passing Power||Pressures||Combo Help|
|Did the lineman get the job done or not? These grades are good for understanding value for a team and not necessarily for comparing across teams. A game in the 90% is a good score for pass blocking.||How often did the offensive lineman dominate the block or how often did he get dominated? Each lineman is scored a minus for being dominated, a zero for a draw, or a plus for dominating the block.||How often did the offensive lineman give up pressure on the quarterback? Every once and a while a lineman can do his job but give up pressure on the QB. This stat will help glean more info from the line grades.||How often did the offensive coordinator provide help for a tough defender or a struggling lineman. Yea, two lineman ended up with the same grade…but how much help did either of them get?|
- Pass Blocking
Run Grade Bar Power Pressures Sacks Combo Grade Score Allowed Allowed Help Fells 98% 0 0 0 1 Larsen 98% 0 0 0 1 Thomas 50% -1 1 0 1 McGahee 66% -1 0 1 1 Moreno 98% 0 0 0 0
Pass Blocking Notes:
- Fells can not only run block, he can pass block as well. In fact, three times he lines up and takes on a defender one-on-one in pass protection. Again, Fells does a nice job. Keep up the good work.
- At 13:16 in the 1st quarter, Willis McGahee has a great cut block in pass protection. I like seeing backs that recognize the blitz and go and get the defender so the quarterback feels the least amount of pressure possible. Something McGahee can do.
- Willis McGahee doesn’t get every block, however. At 11:06 in the 4th quarter, he tries to cut the blitzing defender and misses..sack.
- Fells has a nice one-on-one pass block at 1:15 in the 1st quarter.
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