The San Diego Chargers fall short in a 4th quarter comeback against the Packers on Sunday, 38-45. The Chargers now drop to 4-4 on the season.
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 Mike Tolbert got a lot of reps in the Packers game and ended the day with a 90% pass blocking grade?
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.|
- TE Run Blocking
Run Grade Bar Power Pull 2nd Grade Score Block Level Gates 81% -1 0 0 Hester 83% +1 0 0 McMichael 83% 0 +1 0 Sperry 98% 0 0 0
Run Blocking Notes:
- At 12:45 in the 1st quarter, Randy McMichael has a nice effort when engaged with the defender. I like the way he has improved his motor from the start of the season and has put a lot more energy into his blocking. On many teams, the tight end is the weak link in the blocking game. Many times, the tight end figures he is a pass catcher and doesn’t put in the effort or time to become a complete, all around, player. Randy has elevated his game to where he is a pretty good run blocker at this point in the season. Let’s hope he keeps it up.
- Antonio Gates gets beat to the inside at 12:04 in the 1st quarter, on a run block. I would like to see Gates demonstrate a little bit more of that motor that McMichael has picked up. Everyone knows he can catch the ball. But can he put himself in more of a selfless role and run block for his teammates with a little more energy. Currently, Gates is placed on the backside of many runs.
- At 11:23 in the 1st quarter, the Chargers need 1 yard on a 3rd and 1 play. Antonio Gates motions across the formation, stops directly behind the end of the formation, and the ball is snapped. At that time, after the ball had just been snapped, Gates just stands there. He doesn’t block, he doesn’t help, nothing. The running back gets hit about 1 yard in the backfield…and then with the back’s extra effort, the Chargers get the 1st down.
|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?|
- TE Pass Blocking
Run Grade Bar Power Pressures Sacks Combo Grade Score Allowed Allowed Help McMichael 50% 0 1 0 0 Tolbert 90% 0 1 0 2 Brinkley 50% -1 0 0 0
Pass Blocking Notes:
- The Chargers don’t keep many blockers in this week against the Green Bay Packers. Mike Tolbert gets the most pass blocking reps and ends the day with a 90% assignments grade and a +0 power score.
- At 2:01 in the 1st quarter, Curtis Brinkley gets blasted by a defender as he stands and waits for a defender running full speed at him. Would like to see Brinkley be a little bit more proactive on the block and go get that defender. Not only will it look better…it will provide less pressure on the quarterback that undoubtedly feels that defender when he gets that close. The same happens at 2:58 in 4th.
- Korry Sperry doesn’t get many reps in the Packers game. But at :31 in the 1st quarter, he has a nice 1-on-1 pass block.