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

Bewsafolinespotlightkc1_mediumWeek #16

The Denver Broncos lost to the Buffalo Bills, 14-40. The Broncos move to 8-7 on the season while the Bills improve to 6-9.

The Denver coaching staff is obviously becoming more confident with their offensive line. Throughout the course of the game, the tight ends and backs were rarely used to help in protecting the quarterback.

Some of that change is pass protection philosophy is no doubt due to Tebow's ability to avoid defenders...but it appears to also be a vote of confidence in the offensive line.

Chris Kuper ends his day with a 91% and +2 run blocking grade and a 96% and +2 pass assignment grade. He has a solid game a the way around for the second week in a row.

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
86%
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+1 0 +1
Beadles 86%
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+2 +3 +3
Walton 73%
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0 0 +1
Kuper 91%
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+2 +1 +3
Franklin 82%
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+1 0 0
Clark
98%
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0
0
0







Run Blocking Notes:

  • J.D. Walton and Zane Beadles has a nice run double at 12:18 in the 1st quarter.
  • At :23 in the 1st quarter, Tim Tebow appears to make the wrong read on an option play.
  • At 8:08 in the 1st quarter, Ryan Clady has moved to the right side of the formation in an unbalanced look. The Broncos run the ball and Clady misses his block. You can see him in the pic, below.

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**Pic from Sunday NFL game on CBS

  • 3:45 in the 2nd quarter, Broncos are backed up on their own 8 yard line and Walton and Kuper get a nice run double to get Denver away from their own end zone.
  • 14:25 in the 3rd quarter, Walton has just failed to maintain his third run block in a row. You can see him in the pick, below. He is in the middle of the formation. His defender is using a rip on him and is just about to to get under and around him to stop the running back running up the middle. The receiver also missed a block.

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**Pic from Sunday NFL game on CBS

  • At 12:07 in the 3rd quarter, Orlando Franklin misses a big block on a 2nd and 1.
  • Franklin's defender pressures the quarterback at 5:56 in the 3rd quarter. Tebow flushes from the pocket to his left and Ryan Clady's defender runs him down for the tackle.

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 95%
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+4 1 0
3
Beadles 86%
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-4 6 0 10
Walton 86%
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-2 2 0 16
Kuper 96%
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+2 0 0 9
Franklin 78%
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-2
3 2 3
















Pass Blocking Notes:

  • At 4:13 in the 1st quarter, Tebow is sacked by Orlando Franklin's defender on a play that was a designed screen that was not open. Normally these plays are hard to grade since the lineman are not defending in a way that would keep the defenders out as long as possible. But in this situation, Franklin's defender went by him way to quick...even for a screen.
  • At 13:46 in the 3rd quarter, Zane Beadles is beat on a pass play but then recovers to make sure Tebow can just step up and over to make a throw. You can see him in the pic, below.

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**Pic from Sunday NFL game on CBS

  • J.D. Walton is having trouble with the Bills defensive nose in the second half. At :43 in the 3rd quarter, Walton gets beat in pass protection and gives up a pressure. Tebow flushes to his right and then throws it away. You can see him in the pick, below.

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    **Pic from Sunday NFL game on CBS

  • Orlando Franklin gives up a sack at 7:52 in the 4th quarter. Franklin's defender also gets another sack at 4:56 in the 4th quarter. But the second sack was a result of Zane Beadles defender flushing Tebow.
  • You can check out the line performance in past games, here.

Check out the Tight Ends & Backs film breakddown

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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