The San Diego Chargers lost a heart break game against the Chiefs on Monday night football, 20-23. The Chargers drop to 4-3 on the season and are now tied with the Raiders and Chiefs for 1st place in the AFC West.
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 Antonio Gates ended the day with a 77% run blocking assignments grade against the Chiefs?
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.|
- Chargers blocking
Run Grade Bar Power Pull 2nd Grade Score Block Level Gates 77% 0 0 +1 Hester 83% 0 0 0 McMichael 73% -1 0 -1 Sperry 75% -1 0 0
Run Blocking Notes:
- The Chargers don’t run the ball near as much as they pass the ball, this week. Korry Sperry sees a little action in the run game and ends the day with a 75% assignment grade and a -1 power score. At 10:05 in the 2nd quarter, the Chargers attempt a run around the right end and Sperry tries to set the edge but fails. The defender gets to much of a push on him and is able to extend and get of his block.
- At 5:19 in the 2nd quarter, Randy McMichael doesn’t fire off the ball fast enough. Subsequently, the linebacker at the 2nd level that he was supposed to block…was gone. If you are going to get big plays in the running game you have to block the 2nd level. And the first thing you have to do is…get off the line of scrimmage.
- I can’t say I like Randy McMichael’s intensity at the end of this game. He lacked a motor to get blocks and finish them. At 11:06 in the 3rd quarter, is a good example of this . He fails to hold his block that might have been a touchdown in the red zone at 9:42 in the 3rd, also.
- Antonio Gates demonstrates a similar lack of fire to dominate on a block, at 11:11 in the 4th quarter.
|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 81% -2 1 1 5 Mathews 10% -2 2 0 0
Pass Blocking Notes:
- Randy McMichael ends the day with a 81% assignments grade in pass blocking. But his -2 power score tells us he was dominated a couple of times during the game. He ended up allowing 1 pressure and 1 sack during the Chiefs game. One of those sacks came at 3:17 in the 2nd quarter to Tamba Hali.
- Ryan has a rough day in pass protection. Actually, he only called to make a couple of blocks on some blitzing linebackers…and he fails on both. He ends the day with 2 pressures allowed, a 10% assignments grade, and a -2 power score. He has done better.
- Kory Sperry has a nice motor, stays engaged, and ends up with a good looking pass block at 9:36 in the 4th quarter.
To go to the most targeted receivers in week #8