The Oakland Raiders lost to the Miami Dolphins this Sunday, 14-34. The Raiders are currently tied for 1st in the AFC West, but no longer in control of their own destiny.
In this weekly article, Pro Football Spotlight will bring you the blocking performances of the recent Broncos game, as well as some additional data. For example: Did you know that the game against the Dolphins was the worst blocking performance by the Raiders, all year?
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 50% -1 0 0 Boss 50% -1 0 0 Reece 33% -2 0 0
Run Blocking Notes:
- Like the offensive lineman, the tight ends and backs did not grade out very well against the Dolphins.
- Brandon Myers ended the day with a 50% run assignment grade with a -1 dominance score.
- Marcel Reece didn’t lead into the hole very aggressively. On one occasion, pic below, Reece leads to the left and is not very aggressive in attacking the blitzing corner (#25). The defender is able to be physical with Marcel and get off the block and make the tackle.
- Surprisingly, the Raiders didn’t run the ball very much. Part of that seemed to be due to the energy that was shown blocking for the run, I suppose.
|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 0 Boss 98% 0 0 0 0 Bush 75% -1 1 1 5 Reece 98% 0 0 0 2
Pass Blocking Notes:
- At 12:47 in the 2nd quarter, Michael Bush is not quick enough in picking up the blitzing defender right up the middle of the formation. The defender quickly avoids Bush just enough to get a sack.
- Brandon Myers fights to stay with his pass block for over 4 seconds at 7:45 in the 2nd quarter. Not a bad job pass blocking, despite the fact that the defender eventually pushes him close to the quarterback. But over 4 seconds to throw the ball is more than enough time.
- At 12:56 in the 3rd quarter, again Bush doesn’t get to the blitzing defender quick enough. It appeared that the Dolphins were timing their blitzes well and Michael Bush needed to engage the defender earlier and closer to the line of scrimmage. That way, Palmer doesn’t feel pressured during the play.
- The backs and tight ends have a decent day pass blocking, unlike the offensive linemen. Michael Bush has the most reps during the game in pass protection. He has a few plays where he is not quick enough to the block…but ends the day with a 75% assignment grade and a -1 dominance score.
- Check out the post game tendencies and analysis article by clicking the button, below.