In this weekly article, Pro Football Spotlight will bring you the blocking performances of the recent Broncos, as well as some additional data. For example: Did you know that the Chiefs used Johnathan Baldwin as a pass blocker a couple of times in the Broncos game?
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.|
- Run Blocking
Run Grade Bar Power Pull 2nd Grade Score Block Level Pope 90% -1 0 +1 O'Connell 66% 0 0 -1 McClain 50% +1 0 0
Run Blocking Notes:
- At 6:25 in the 2nd quarter, Jake O’Connell pulls across the formation for a nice block on a linebacker.
- At 5:33 in the 3rd quarter, Leonard Pope has a nice 2nd level block where he shows a nice motor, after engagement. However, on the same play, Jake O’Connell misses his block and the defender makes the tackle.
- Leonard Pope set the edge at :34 in the 3rd. Pope had a good game against the Broncos. He ends the day with a 90% run blocking assignments grade and a -1 power score.
- After the sub-par blocking performance last week, Jake O’Connell gets fewer reps, this week. He ends the day with a 66% assignments grade and primarily works from an H-back position.
|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 Pope 41% -4 3 1 5 McClain 75% -1 0 1 3 McCluster 85% 0 1 0 4 Battle 75% -1 1 0 3 Baldwin 10% -2 2 1 2
Pass Blocking Notes:
- PFS doesn’t usually grade wide receivers, but one of the Chief’s receivers caught my eye. He caught my eye because he wasn’t doing much blocking. At 6:48 in the 1st quarter, the Chiefs were running the ball and #89 (split wide) came off the ball about half speed and let the defender race full speed toward the running back and make a tackle.
- Jonathan Baldwin was used a few times in pass protection. He would motion across the formation, slow down around the tight end, and combo block the defensive end. The problem for the tight end was…Baldwin didn’t appear to put out much effort. Twice, Baldwin let the defender go right by him with no more than a push to try and stop him. He ended the day with dropped passes and a poor effort in the run blocking game…I can see why the Chiefs haven’t been playing him that much, yet.
- At 8:47 in the 3rd quarter, Jackie Battle misses a block on a blitzing linebacker and gives up pressure on the quarterback.
- Leonard Pope did a good job in run blocking…but not pass blocking. Pope ends the day with a 41% pass blocking grade and a -4 power score. He gave up 3 pressures and 1 sack.
To go to the Chiefs game notes article