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Denver Broncos vs Raiders Week #1: Breaking Down The O-Line Tape

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The Denver Broncos took on the Oakland Raiders this past Monday night.  The team came up short and fell to 0-1 in the 2011 regular season

There is a lot of talk around Broncos nation about just how and why Denver lost.  One of those reasons was the inconsistent play of the offensive line.  The o-line worked hard, made some mistakes, and missed some blocks.  Going forward, the Broncos will have to take a look at being more consistent and everything will start to fall into place.

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One of those inconsistent offensive lineman was Orlando Franklin.  Of course it is expected that a rookie makes some mistakes...but this in the NFL.  The expectations are high.

At times Franklin showed why the Broncos drafted him.  And if we simply look to the future...Orlando Franklin will be a good one.  But on a wet, sloppy evening on Monday night he wasn't consistent enough.

Let's take a look at those o-line 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
2/Level
Pull

 Grade         
Blocking
Blocking
Blocks
Clady
84%

0
0
0
Beadles 69%

0
+1
0
Walton 53%
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-3
+1
0
Kuper 76%

+1
-1
0
Franklin 76%

-1
-3
0














 

Run Blocking Notes:

  • As a unit the Broncos didn't run block very well.  80% or higher is a good day run blocking.  The Raiders seemed to be able to get off blocks all night.
  • Getting to the second level was particularly hard in the Raider game.
  • J.D. Walton has a hard time with the Raider defenders at first.  In fact, he gets graded down on 3 of the first 4 run plays.  Walton can do better than a 53% grade.  That's not very good...and you don't keep a job by getting that grade every week.
  • At 12:34 in the 1st quarter Orlando Franklin cannot handle #93 on the backside of the play.
  • Zane Beadles has a good 2nd level block at 5:20 in the 1st quarter.
  • The Broncos had way to many penalties that were committed by the offensive lineman.  AT 4:56 in the 1st...holding.  8:32 in the 2nd quarter...holding.  At 8:20 in the 2nd both Ryan Clady and Chris Kuper hold on the same play.  5:53 in the 2nd...holding on Walton.  10:42 in the 3rd...holding on Franklin.  Then holding on Kuper...then...then...you get the point.  The offensive line is the foundation, the disciplined group that goes to work and gets little credit for all the work they do.  They cannot be the group that falls apart or makes focus penalties and crucial times.
  • As a note:  none of the lineman looked like they were incompetent.  They just were so inconsistent.  And yes, the Raiders front four are physical, athletic, and pretty good.  
  • Ryan Clady had a  pretty good day run blocking.  He didn't have a high dominance score but he made most of his blocks.

 

 

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         
Blocking
Allowed
Allowed
Help
Clady 91%

+9
5
1
5
Beadles 89%

-4
4
2
17
Walton 89%

0
2
0
26
Kuper 85%

-2
3
1
17
Franklin 80%

-6
11
1
10
















 

Pass Blocking Notes:

  • In pass blocking a lineman that grades out at around 85% is doing adequate overall.  The lower you go from 85% the more problems that lineman was having.
  • On many, many occasions Orlando Franklin would end up doing his job (not let his defender sack the quarterback) but would have problems doing it.  Those problems can be seen in the chart above by the 11 pressures he allowed and the -6 dominance score he received.  That means that he was dominated 6 more times than he dictated the tempo against his defender.
  • Ryan Clady had the best pass blocking day with a 91% grade and a +9 dominance score.  A couple of times he got beat.  But for the most part he played well.
  • Zane Beadles actually had a decent day pass blocking.  Problem was that when he got beat...he got beat.
  • Zane Beadles and J.D. Walton pick up a nice line stunt at 8:23 in the 2nd quarter.
  • At 6:23 in the 2nd quarter Walton misses a blitzing linebacker that shoots right up the gut.
  • With 5:58 left in the 3rd, both Walton and Beadles pull and Clady blocks down.  Nice to see that those guys can get out and run.  The play was blown up quickly by the Raiders though.
  • At 10:12 in the 4th quarter Clady is records a sack after the offensive lineman don't switch on a loop stunt.  Don't know why they didn't switch...Clady didn't act like there was a screw up as he chased his guy inside.  That's a tough block if you're not going to pass the guy off.
  • Willis McGahee can pass block...I was impressed.  Check out Pro Football Spotlight for the TEs and Backs breakdown.  Link below.

 

 

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