The San Diego Chargers beat the Buffalo Bills last Sunday, 37-10. The Chargers improve to 6-7 on the season and the Bills fall to 5-8.
In this weekly article, Pro Football Spotlight will bring you the blocking performances against the recent opponent, as well as some additional data. For example: Did you know all of the tight ends and backs did a good job pass blocking in the Bills game?
Let’s take a look at 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 Gates 61% 0 0 0 Hester 80% 0 0 0 McMichael 71% 0 0 0 Sperry 66% +1 0 0
Run Blocking Notes:
- At 13:25 in the 1st quarter, Kory Sperry can’t handle his defender on a run play and he makes the tackle. Sperry ends the game with a 66% run assignment grade, with a +1 dominance score.
- At 9:20 in the 1st quarter, Randy McMichael seals the edge on the left side of the formation so the back can get outside. You can see him in the pic, below. He is just sealing the edge, Gaither is pulling and trying to pick up the defender in space, and the back is getting ready to pop it outside.
**Pic from Chargers game on ESPN
- McMichael does a good job at sealing the edge again, this time on the right side, at 4:46 in the 1st quarter.
- Kory Sperry shows a nice motor on a short 3rd and 1 play…engages, drives legs until whistle.
- I like to see tight ends put some effort into blocking when on the backside. I’ve seen too many plays get stuffed because a backside blocker lets his man crash to the inside and make a play in the backfield. So, I was happy to see McMichael put out some effort at 8:30 in the 2nd quarter, on the backside, and the running back able to cut it back and get some good yards. If there isn’t any pride or effort on that backside block…the play is dead.
- At 11:37 in the 3rd quarter, Jacob Hester has a nice lead block to the left of the formation. He ends the day with an 80% run assignment grade.
|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
Pass Grade Bar Power Pressures Sacks Combo Grade Score Allowed Allowed Help Hester 98% 0 1 0 0 McMichael 98% 0 0 0 4 Tolbert 98% 0 0 0 0 Mathews 98% 0 0 0 0 Sperry 98% 0 0 0 1
Pass Blocking Notes:
- All the tight ends and running backs score in the 90% range this week against the Bills.
- Randy McMichael gets the most reps at pass protection and has 4 combo help blocks and 1 solo block. He does a nice job.
- Hester takes a shot from a blitzing linebacker on one play. He keeps the defender away from the quarterback just long enough. But the defender gets the best of the deal.