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

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Many Bronco fans might read this article and think...what the heck?  We thought our team was bad.  We thought that the Denver Broncos might implode from a lack of talent.

Okay, maybe fans haven't jumped over the cliff that far, yet.  But I'm sure there was wailing and gnashing of teeth in Denver last Sunday.

This post is going to inform you that the Denver Broncos met up with a very physical Tennessee Titan team and punched them in the mouth.  Well...in a couple of cases, almost literally. 

This post is going to inform you that the offensive line, after having a horrible start, ended the day looking pretty good.  They didn't look like 5 Pro Bowl players but they did demonstrate that the Broncos can run the ball even when confronted with a tough, physical, nasty defensive front 7 like the Titans have.  Despite the failed 4th and goal attempt.

If you were a fan that was so upset on Sunday you couldn't hardly watch the game, then you probably missed Cris Kuper and Orlando Franklin drive a defender 5 yards down field about 6 times.  Maybe you missed Ryan Clady drive a defender to the ground at 1:19 in the 3rd and then Zane Beadles jump on him to let him know he just got handled.

If you missed all that then you just might have missed THE game.  The game in the trenches.

Let's take a look at 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
2/Level
Pull

 Grade         
Blocking
Blocking
Blocks
Clady
90%

+2
+5
0
Beadles 81%

0
+1
-1
Walton 86%

-1
+1
-1
Kuper 81%

-1
+1
0
Franklin 86%

+1
-1
-1
Clark
88%

+1
0
0







 

Run Blocking Notes:

  • The Broncos got down and dirty with the Titans and ground out some yards.  None of the run assignment grades are in the 90s (but Clady) because the Titans are a tough group to run on.  But the Bronco line showed it can move some people.
  • Ryan Clady looked a little bit stouter during the run this week.  I think he might be just more than a pass blocker.
  • Broncos run a screen on the first play of the game and lose 4 yards.
  • Ryan Clady demonstrates his quickness to get to the second level at 9:04 in the 3rd.
  • Kris Kuper and Orlando Franklin have some great combo blocks in the Titans game.  At 7:48 in the 3rd, they drive the defender down field.  I love offensive lineman!
  • Kuper and Franklin do it again at 5:29 in the 3rd quarter.
  • You can check out the line performance in past games, here.

 

 

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 88%

+1
+3
0
5
Beadles 82%

-3
+2
0
14
Walton 91%

0
+1
0
15
Kuper 93%

+4
+1
0
11
Franklin 85%

-5
+8
0
5
















 

Pass Blocking Notes:

  • The pass protection fell apart early.  It was just a combination of things and individuals that lead to a lot of pressure on Orton early.  But the line got themselves together later in the game and ended the day, giving Orton enough time to make some crucial passes, and potentially win the game.
  • Kris Kuper comes on strong in pass protection late and holds his man at a stand still.  One big mistake probably overshadows all those great blocks...but such in the life of a lineman.
  • At 13:40 in the 1st quarter, the Broncos were in a 3rd down situation and Ryan Clady and Zane Beadles fail to communicate and miss a defensive line stunt.
  • At 13:13 in the 1st quarter, there is bad communication between Zane Beadles and J.D. Walton.  The defender splits both of them.
  • Kyle Orton throws a ball to the flats at 7:36 in the 1st quarter, and the ball falls in an open space with no receiver in the area.  On the play, the line was run blocking and the receiver that the pass was intended for, was blocking for a run.  Seemed like Orton was the only player that thought it was a pass.
  • 5:12 in the 2nd quarter, Orton has 5 seconds to throw the ball and does not find an open receiver.  Coverage causes him to move from the pocket.
  • At 1:07 in the 2nd quarter, Kris Kuper is pass blocking and keeps his man from getting to the quarterback but he does not keep engaged and the defender gets his hands up and deflects a pass.  Kuper then shoves him to the ground and falls on him and starts giving him the business.  Kuper has a mean streak!
  • Chris Clark makes a mental error at 6:06 in the 3rd and lets an outside rusher go free toward the quarterback. 
  • J.D. Walton gets his helmet ripped off his head at 4:20 in the 3rd quarter.  Things are getting a little heated in the trenches.
  • Zane Beadles tries to cut a pass rusher and misses.  Good thing the running back stayed in and picked the defender up.

 

 

 

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