In this weekly article, Pro Football Spotlight will bring you the blocking performances of the recent Raiders game, as well as some additional data. For example: Did you know that the Raiders’ tight ends and backs had an off day run blocking against the Chiefs?
Let’s take a look at 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 Myers 62% -1 0 0 Boss 69% 0 0 -1 Tango 62% 0 0 0 Gordon 98% 0 +1 0
Run Blocking Notes:
- Brandon Myers has a nice motor on the block at 11:43 in the 1st quarter.
- At 14:16 in the 1st quarter, Manase Tango passes up the eventual defender that makes the tackle. Tango does not start the game off very good , and he ends up doing very little in his first 4 snaps. It’s hard to see a fullback lead the play and run through the line of scrimmage, out the backside without touching anyone…and the back is tackled for a minimal gain. And that is what Tango was doing in the 1st half.
- At 8:34 in the 2nd quarter, Tango engages and loses the block, as the defender goes on to make the tackle.
- You can see Tango in the pic, below. It is 12:13 in the 3rd quarter, and he is in the upper right of the pic…looking back at the pile as he runs through without hitting anyone, again. And then he misses another lead block at 3:30 in the 3rd.
***Pic from Raiders game on CBS
- Tango does start blocking better in the 4th quarter. At 7:11 in the 4th, Manase Tango leads the play to the right and has a very nice block to spring the running back. That is how a fullback should block. My guess, if Tango wants to keep a job…and be in the game instead of Reece, then he needs to be an IMPACT blocker every time he is on the field.
- At 1:02 in the 1st quarter, Richard Gordon lines up at fullback for a play.
|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
Pass Grade Bar Power Pressures Sacks Combo Grade Score Allowed Allowed Help Myers 98% 0 0 0 1 Boss 98% 0 0 0 1 Bush 98% 0 0 0 6 Reece 98% 0 0 0 1
Pass Blocking Notes:
- At 8:18 in the 1st quarter, Michael Bush has a nice pass block as he picks up the blitz on the edge. You can see him, below.
- At 8:36 in the 2nd quarter, Bush has another nice pass block. He ends the day with a 98% pass assignment grade.