The Kansas City Chiefs lose to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, 2-31. The Chiefs fall to 4-4 and stay tied for the lead in the division as Oakland and San Diego both lose.
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 Leonard Pope does a nice job run blocking for the second week in a row?
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.|
- TEs run Blocking
Run Grade Bar Power Pull 2nd Grade Score Block Level Pope 81% 0 0 +1 O'Connell 71% 0 +1 0 McClain 66% 0 0 0 Becht 98% 0 0 0
Run Blocking Notes:
- Pope has another good game run blocking. The big difference the last couple of games has been his energy and motor after being engaged with the defender. He has been firing off better, engaging, and then driving his legs and getting movement on his block. A stark change from his blocking 3 weeks ago when his energy was low, he would lean into the defender and try to hold him more than drive him. Another good game for Pope!
- At 13:28 in the 1st quarter, Pope shows a nice motor on the block as he engages and keeps driving.
- At 9:49 in the 1st quarter, Leonard Pope lines up in the backfield, split opposite of McClain. I’m not sure Pope has the skills to line up in the backfield. He didn’t look that good as a lead blocker. Now O’Connell, he might be better suited for that transition from time to time.
- Jake O’Connell has a decent day run blocking. No big highlights on the film…just solid.
- Anthony Becht comes into the game and gets a couple of run blocking reps.
|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?|
- TEs Pass Blocking
Run Grade Bar Power Pressures Sacks Combo Grade Score Allowed Allowed Help Pope 60% -1 1 0 3 O'Connell 44% -5 5 0 4 McClain 90% 0 1 0 0 McCluster 83% -1 1 0 4 Battle 98% 0 0 0 4
Pass Blocking Notes:
- The Chief’s tight ends have a horrible day pass blocking. If you got a chance to glance at the line during the game you might have noticed that the Dolphins have some physical specimens on the defensive line. More than one lineman, and all the tight ends, had trouble blocking them.
- Jake O’Connell ends the game with a 44% assignment grade and a -5 power score in pass blocking. Yes, that is very bad. A couple of those blocks are at 12:44 in the 1st quarter, and 4:25 in the 4th quarter (when he gets thrown to the ground).
- Leonard Pope doesn’t fair much better in pass blocking. Pope ends the day with a 60% assignment grade and a -1 power score. He doesn’t get as many reps at pass protection as Jack O’Connell.
- At 11:20 in the 3rd quarter, Jackie Battle picks up the blitz well. One thing about Battle, he does some nice pass blocking, as well as running the ball.
- Dexter McCluster, like his running, always puts 100% of himself into it. He is never afraid to stick his head in some defenders chest on a blitz. He does a nice job at 6:10 in the 4th quarter, when he cuts a defender coming around the right edge. But he does get man handled from time to time. And at 2:14 in the 3rd quarter, you can see just that.
To go to the Chiefs game notes article