Pro Football Spotlight is starting to make preparations to expand it’s film grading to include the defensive linemen (4-3 tackles and 3-4 nose and defensive ends.) This is the first attempt to bring the fan a more in depth evaluation of the defensive linemen in a clear and informative way.
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Let’s take a look at those scores…
Defensive Run Performance
%Grade: The percentage grade is the number of jobs done by the total number of reps attempted. The defender is graded on his “Area” of influence (what happens when the play is run in his area)…AND…on his play when on the “backside”. When on the backside, is the defender easily reached, cut off, or pushed back and has to take a deep pursuit. Or can he react quickly, hold off the block, and work down the line of scrimmage without being reached.
Area: This is a snapshot of only how the defender does when the ball is run in his area. The score represents the number of success over failures. The player is graded on whether he does his job…e.g., is he disruptive, or holds the line-of-scrimmage, or does he get off blocks as the ball carrier runs past him.
Backside: This is a snapshot of only how the defender does when the ball is run to the other side of the defender.
Power/Penetrate: This simply gives the number of times the defender dominated an O-lineman by bull rushing him or penetrated into the backfield. The first number is the power and the second number is the number of penetrations into the backfield.
Defender Driven: is a snapshot of the number of times the defender was driven 3 or more yards off the ball or out of the hole.
2/Team Success: Is a snapshot on how many times the defender took on a double team and didn’t get driven more than 2 yards off the ball or out of the hole. The score represents the number of successes over failures.
Defensive Pass Rush Performance
Active: Sometimes, defenders are very disruptive during passing downs and cause offensive linemen to scramble and work hard to keep up. Even though the defender is “disruptive”, sometimes he doesn’t get a pressure or a sack…but everyone can see he was a factor in the pass rushing game on a particular play. This column is a total number of times in a game that the defender was marked as being disruptive.
Pressure: The number of times the defender puts pressure on the quarterback. Measure by being at least 3-4 feet from the quarterback when the ball comes out. Pushing the offensive lineman 3-4 feet from the quarterback is also considered a pressure. More than one player can have a pressure during a given play.
Sacks: Number of sacks a game
Power: Of all the pressures and sacks…how many were by bull-rush or power.
Speed: Of all the pressures and sacks…how many were from speed of speed/swim move.
Loop: Of all the pressures and sacks…how many were from defensive loop stunting.