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 Spencer Larsen has his most consistent run blocking game and ends the day with a 94% assignment grade?
Let’s take a look a 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 Grade Bar Power Pull 2nd Grade Score Block Level Fells 77% -1 0 0 Larsen 94% 0 0 +1 Green 98% 0 0 0
Run Blocking Notes:
- At 12:44 in the 1st quarter, Daniel Fells looks back a couple times to check Tebow and, what seems to be, the snap count. He is caught off guard by the snap count and comes off the ball slow…and too late to stop Jared Allen from going around the edge and catching McGahee in the backfield. You can see the pic, below. Fells is at the bottom of the screen. On the same play, Zane Beadles is beat.
- Daniel Fells did a nice job blocking in this game. However, at 10:47 in the 2nd quarter, Fells has a backside block that was low in energy. The Broncos need all their players making high motor blocks, every play. Not only does it help out your team on that play…but it wears down the defense, and by the end of the game, the Broncos can move the ball a little better (which they have been).
- At 12:40 in the 3rd quarter, Donte Rosario comes in and misses one block…and then he was out.
- Spencer Larsen has a good lead block into the middle of the formation at 12:05 in the 3rd quarter. Nice blocking by Larsen, against the Vikings.
- At 7:59 in the 3rd quarter, Fells starts to get beat but stays with his block and finishes well. Nice effort and motor to complete the block after it had gotten away from him.
- If you are wondering where the Broncos were concentrating their runs, and how successful they were when running to the various line positions, then go here.
- Both Fells and Larsen have great blocks at 8:59 in the 4th quarter to wall the defender outside as McGahee cuts it up on his way toward a touchdown.
|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 85% -1 1 0 4 Larsen 98% 0 0 0 1 Green 98% 0 0 0 0 McGahee 98% 0 0 0 0 Ball 98% 0 0 0 0
Pass Blocking Notes:
- At 7:22 in the 1st quarter, Lance Ball picks up a blitz to give more time for Tebow to throw the ball. Tebow completes the pass to the right side of the field. You can see Ball, below…with Orlando Franklin at the top of Tebow, pushing his defender past the play.
- The backs and tight ends did a nice job in pass protection, this week. Denver doesn’t keep as many blockers in, this week. That is a sign that the Broncos are starting to trust their offensive linemen more and rely more on Tebow’s ability to escape pressure, when needed.
- Daniel Fells ends the day with an 85% pass assignment grade with a -1 dominance score.
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