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 That Daniel Fells ended his day with a +2 dominance score in pass protection this week?
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 Gates 75% +1 0 0 Hester 85% 0 0 -1 McMichael 56% 0 +1 -1
Run Blocking Notes:
- At 13:01 in the 1st quarter, Jacob Hester seals the right edge for some nice yardage. You can see him in the pic, below. He just helped seal the end and has now moved to the linebacker and is starting to engage him (in the middle of the screen)
**Pic from Chargers game on CBS
- Everyone knows about Antonio Gates and his ability as a pass catcher. His blocking, from time to time, needs some work. But at 6:46 in the 1st quarter, Gates sets the edge for a run outside. He shows nice feet and quickness to get outside the end. However, at 1:13 in the 1st quarter, he shows poor effort in blocking a defender and his man ends up making the play.
- Mike Tolbert has a nice crack block after motioning toward the center to try and get the running game going on the outside. Play at 15:00 in the 2nd. You can see him at the time of the formation, just engaging with the end man on the line of scrimmage.
|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 McMichael 84% +2 2 0 2 Tolbert 75% 0 1 0 3 Mathews 98% 0 0 0 2
Pass Blocking Notes:
- At 7:51 in the 4th quarter, Randy McMichael does a nice job of picking up a blitz to ensure that Rivers gets the pass off.
- McMichael has turned into a nice pass blocker. He was left to solo block a Denver defender many times during the game. Not only did he do well, he ended the day with a +2 dominance score. That is pretty good for a TE and not really seen very often.