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

Bewsafolinespotlightkc1_mediumWeek #15

The Denver Broncos lose to the New England Patriots, 23-41. The Broncos are still atop the AFC West by 1 game with an 8-6 record.

If Denver fans didn't know already, they now know that the Broncos don't play well when they have to overcome a lot of points. Denver's offense just isn't ready for that, yet. Keep the opponents close until the 4th quarter...and the Broncos are dangerous.

As far as AFC West standards, PFS grades all of the AFC West lineman, the Bronco's offensive line did an average job. No offensive lineman really had a stellar day...but no one really laid an egg, either.

Chris Kuper ends his day with a 83% run assignment grade with a +1 dominance score, and a 92% pass assignment grade.

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

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Blocking
Blocks
Blocks
Clady
79%
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0 0 0
Beadles 83%
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0 +6 +1
Walton 79%
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+1 0 +2
Kuper 83%
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+1 +1 +2
Franklin 79%
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+3 0 +2














Run Blocking Notes:

  • At 11:20 in he 1st quarter, Orlando Franklin has a nice drive block. You can see him in the pic, below. He is just coming out of the left of the pile. The fullback, Lance Ball, has a nice block also to spring the running back.

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**Pic from Sunday NFL game on CBS

  • At 5:09 in the 1st quarter, Orlando Franklin and Chris Kuper have a nice cross block. Franklin comes down on the defender on the line of scrimmage and Kuper pulls around him, inside the tight end, and picks up the linebacker...A nice little blocking wrinkle the Broncos brought to the Patriots game.
  • At :57 in the 1st quarter, Zane Beadles has a nice pull block to spring a big run. You can see him, below. He has already pulled left and is just engaging a linebacker. Nice down blocks by the other offensive lineman, as well.

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**Pic from Sunday NFL game on CBS

  • If you would like to see where the Broncos ran the ball and where they were getting their yards against the Patriots, then go her Broncos Week #15: Post Game Tendencies and Performances.
  • Ryan Clady has a nice motor on the backside of a run on the play at :03 in the 3rd. I like to see that backside energy.

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 80%
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-2 3 1 6
Beadles 76%
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-2 5 0 12
Walton 92%
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-2 1 1 16
Kuper 92%
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0 2 0 13
Franklin 84%
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0 2 1 6
















Pass Blocking Notes:

  • Orlando Franklin started the game with a +4 dominance score. He had a very good 1st quarter....and even into the 3rd. However, at the end of the game he was beat 3 times...which brought his dominance score back down to +0. It appears Franklin has improved in pass protection from the beginning of the year but still is not ready for the quarterback to be in shotgun in a situation where the defender can pin his ears back and worry about nothing but rushing the passer for 10 plays straight.
  • At 10:16 in the 4th quarter, Chris Kuper is knocked to the ground in pass protection. Kuper ends the day with a 92% pass assignment grade and was beat in pass protection 1 time.
  • At 10:10 in the 4th quarter, Tebow was sacked after 4 seconds to throw the ball. You can see the Broncos in the pic, below. It is a shot of the play around 3.25 seconds after the snap. You can see the defender who eventually gets the sack coming around from the left end position. He will sack Tebow from the middle. This is a good example of the types of sacks that go down as a negative for an offensive line where the problem really wasn't necessarily the problem. The problem was either the receivers didn't get open or the quarterback didn't get rid of the ball in an appropriate amount of time.

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**Pic from Sunday NFL game on CBS

  • At 3:39 in the 4th quarter, Ryan Clady gets beat to the outside. Ryan didn't have a very good game against the Patriots. He ends the day with a -2 dominance score.
  • You can check out the line performance in past games, here.

Check out the Tight Ends & Backs film breakddown

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