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

Bewsafolinespotlightkc1_mediumWeek #8

The Denver Broncos lost to the Miami Dolphins Detroit Lions on Sunday, 10-45.  It ended up being a long day for the offense.

I have looked at a lot of NFL film over the past 2 years.  Heck, I broke down high school film for years...back in the day.  One thing I always tried not to do was let the score influence what I was watching on film.  Regardless of the fact that the Broncos lost by 35 points...did the lineman do a good job on each particular play or not.

Many times, as a coach, I would be upset after grading the film even though we might have won a game.  In the end, it's all about the wins and losses.  But you don't get wins if the performance is not refined from week to week...regardless of the outcome.  The Broncos vs Lions match-up was one of those games in which the line did a good job run blocking, despite the score.

This week FPS is going to highlight Orlando Franklin.  Franklin scored a 90% on his assignments in the run game and a +1 power score.  That is the Jekyll.  The Mr. Hyde was that Franklin ended the day with a 82% pass blocking assignment score (not really that bad) and a -4 power score (bad).  By the end of the game Chris Clark was doing some time at right tackle.

As always, tight end and backs blocking grades are, here.

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

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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
      Grade Bar

Power
Pull
2/Level

 Grade http://profootballspotlight.com/wp-content/uploads/100-rating-run-bar.png  
Blocking
Blocks
Blocks
Clady
87%
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0
0
+1
Beadles 87%
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-1
+2
+2
Walton 91%
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0
0
+1
Kuper 87%
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-1
+2
+2
Franklin 90%
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+1
0
+5
Clark
66%
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0
0
0






Run Blocking Notes:

  • Ok.  As you can see, PFS is trying out some new grading bars for the assignment scores.  If the player is in the green that means it is a good day.  Yellow means the player had an off day in the run blocking department.  Anything in the red is bad.  Lineman want to be in the 80s and 90s in run blocking.  70s is acceptable from time to time (in run blocking only), but not desired.
  • The first thing that comes to a fans mind when he sees these run blocking scores..."it looked to me like we couldn't run the ball."  Well, in a lot of cases the Broncos could not run the ball, effectively.  There are a couple of reasons for that besides the offensive lines performance.  The biggest one in this game was that the Lions frequently had 9 players in the box.  Yes, N-I-N-E.  12:19 in the 1st quarter, is a good example where most lineman did their jobs but the 9 in the box is just to many defenders to block.
  • Chris Clark sees his first action at 12:17 in the 1st quarter.  He would later get a lot of reps in the 4th quarter when he comes in for Orlando Franklin.  He doesn't get a lot of run blocking reps due to the fact that the Broncos were behind and passing the ball a lot.
  •  12:19 in 1st, nine in the box.  8:27, nine in the box, 9 in the box, 9 in the box. 8:07 in the 3rd...still nine in the box.
  • Orlando Franklin is the most impressive run blocker in the game this week.  He frequently gets some movement on the block.
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
     Grade Bar

Power
Pressures
Sacks
Combo

 Grade http://profootballspotlight.com/wp-content/uploads/100-rating-run-bar.png         
Blocking
Allowed
Allowed
Help
Clady 91%
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+1
2
1
5
Beadles 81%
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-6
5
1
16
Walton 97%
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0
0
0
21
Kuper 89%
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-1
1
0
10
Franklin 82%
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-4
5
0
4
Clark
50%
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-3
2
1
1








 

Pass Blocking Notes:

 

  • Let me know if you like the new grading bars.  Also, by the end of the day today (Monday) the defensive line grades (nose & ends) will be posted at PFS.
  • 4 players have a rough day in the pass protection.  The first one is Tim Tebow.  His inability to see the blitz and get the ball to a hot route is the cause, IMO, of 3 sacks.
  • I gave kudos to Franklin in the run game...but in the passing game he looked bad.  He was beat 5 times during the game and then was replaced by Chris Clark...who was beat 3 times in the game.
  • Zane Beadles was the 4th and final player that ended the day with a poor power score in pass protection.  He allowed 5 pressures and 1 sack.
  • Ok.  What about the good.  Ryan Clady ends the day with a 91% assignments grade and a +1 power score.  In this game, however, Clady gets beat 3 times.  There were some battles going on over there during the game between Clady and his defender.  J.D. Walton ends the day with a 97% assignments grade in pass protection.  He is helping someone or getting helped 21 times during the game, so that tends to inflate the scores.  But he does a nice job, regardless. 
  • At 11:33 in the 1st quarter the entire line pics up the blitz well.
  • At 7:51 in the 1st, Clady gets beat around the corner.  Then again at 9:04 in the 2nd quarter.
  • Chris Kuper, J.D. Walton, and Zane Beadles do a nice job at picking up and passing off looping defensive lineman at 7:51 in the 1st quarter.
  • Franklin gets beat at 2:44 in the 1st quarter and flushes Tebow forward...right into Knowshon Moreno's man who he attempted to cut block but doesn't get all of the defender.
  • At :19 the 2nd quarter, Orlando Franklin's defender gets to the quarterback...but not before Tebow is sacked by Zane Beadles guy.
  • You can check out the line performance in past games, here.

 

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