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Denver Broncos vs Chargers: Breaking Down The O-Line Film

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The Denver Broncos loss an exciting game against the San Diego Chargers, 24-29.  Denver now moves to 1-4 as San Diego tops the AFC West at 4-1.

If you are a Bronco fan that was calling to see Tim Tebow, then you got your wish.  By the end of the game the Broncos had worn down the Chargers enough to create nice holes for Tebow to do his thing.

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This week Orlando Franklin had an 81% assignments score and a +2 power score in the run game.  Franklin had been averaging a 79% over the first four games with a +0 power score (AFC West right tackle rankings, here).

The Broncos are starting to find an identity as Willis McGahee goes for 125 yards, eclipsing the 100 yard mark for the second week in a row.

Let's take a look at the rest of those grades...

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10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Percent Scale

 

Team Run Blocking
Power Blocking
Power Blocking 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 successes 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 Grades


Percent
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Power
Pull
2/Level

 Grade DBI_rating_10         
Blocking
Blocks
Blocks
Clady
90%

0
0
+1
Beadles 72%

-2
+1
0
Walton 77%

-3
0
+5
Kuper 86%

0
0
+1
Franklin 81%

+2
0
0
Clark
83%

0
0
0







Run Blocking Notes:

  • On the first play of the game the Broncos offensive line fire off the ball and set the tone for the game.  The offensive lineman get nice movement off the line of scrimmage.
  • Denver had a decent day making some holes for McGahee, but it wasn't good all the time.  At 8:35 in the 1st quarter, both Franklin and Clark missed blocks on the edge.  The Broncos used Clark this week as an extra lineman in place of a tight end or sometimes even a receiver.
  • If you like seeing offensive lineman steamroll defenders then look at the film at :45 in the 1st quarter.  Orlando Franklin and Chris Kuper drive a defender to his knees and then bend him over backwards.
  • Kuper had a 86% run blocking assignment score this week.  See where he ranks in the AFC West amoung right guards, here.
  • Chris Kuper has some nice attributes and some things he does well.  One of the minor issues he has is staying on his feet.  Many times he will lock onto a defender and slide off, on to the ground.
  • Kuper does get to the second level at 3:29 in the 3rd quarter to spring a big run.
  • On one play neither of the lineman, J.D. Walton or Chris Kuper block the defensive nose guard and he rushes in untouched to tackle Tebow.  The announcers were talking like it was a bobbled snap...but if you have a 300 pound guy in your face a second after you receive the ball...you would bobble it to.

 

 

Team Pass Blocking
Passing Power Blocking
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 Grades


Percent
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Power
Pressures
Sacks
Combo

 Grade Rating Bar Passing         
Blocking
Allowed
Allowed
Help
Clady 84%

+2
4
0
3
Beadles 73%

-4
5
0
10
Walton 96%

0
0
0
18
Kuper 94%

+2
0
0
12
Franklin 94%

+2
3
0
6
















 

Pass Blocking Notes:

  • J.D. Walton, Chris Kuper, and Orlando Franklin all had nice games in pass protection.
  • Zane Beadles had an off day by recording a 73% in pass blocking assignments and a -4 power score.  That power score means Beadles got beat four more times than he dictated the pass rush defender.  See how Beadles ranks among the AFC West left guards, here.
  • At 13:49 in the 1st quarter, Ryan Clady gives up a speed rush to the defender.  Clady had an off day against the Chargers and only recorded an 84% in pass protection.
  • In the 5th week of the season, lineman shouldn't be missing defensive line loop stunts.  At 14:20 in the 2nd quarter Clady and Beadles miss one that loops around and puts pressure on the QB.
  • You can check out the line performance in past games, here.

 

 

 

 

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