Preseason Week #2
CHIEFS vs BUCCANEERS
Many Chiefs fans are breathing a sigh of relief now that Kansas City looked a little better in the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But how did the lineman do?
During the season I will review every game tape in an attempt to bring you the execution of each offensive lineman on every offensive play. Each lineman will be graded on whether or not he got the job done. Did he get the guy blocked or not?
OFFENSIVE GAME NOTES:
- Overall the lineman graded out well.
- The passing game consisted of more 3 step drops than the Game against Atlanta.
- Pope stayed in to block 8 times on O'Callaghan's side to help with pass blocking.
- The Buccaneers blitzed a lot in the first half. For the most part the Chiefs communicated well and picked up the blitzes (missed one). Far more advanced than this time last year.
- The lineman are a lot more active in the second level blocks than last week. Ultimately the result will be longer runs.
- Please refer to the Chiefs Preseason: Breaking Down The O-Line Tape - Primer at the bottom of this article for any inquiries into the method used to grade the lineman.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Buccaneers - Preseason Line Play
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Run & Pass Blocking Notes:
- Albert attempted more difficult blocks than O'Callaghan in both the run game and the passing game. Because of this his grade is slightly lower. However, he still graded out in the 80's. Remember, getting into the orange or above means that the lineman had a good game. But Albert is a left tackle, so he still needs to improve (which I think he will).
- Pope stayed in to pass block on 8 plays. Always lined up on O'Callaghan's side. Sometimes Pope took the DE on one-on-one.
- Overall the line did well.
- Waters has a good punch in the passing game which makes him stout at the LOS. Weigmann and Lilja tend to give up more ground in the passing game (sometimes this can be a problem).
- I like Waters. Sometimes he has some unorthodox ways of blocking his man. That
ty-quandotiquando must be paying off.
- Weigmann is not as stout on pass protection (he sometimes gets driven). But he makes up with his great line communication and blitz pick ups. The guy simply knows what to do in the heat of battle.
SECOND LEVEL BLOCKING
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Second Level Blocking Notes:
- These are the hard blocks. Grades will be lower for second level and reach blocks. Reach blocks will be particularly low because I only give a "+" if they actually get their man reached (which is very difficult in the NFL). Now, the zone blocking scheme is designed to accommodate for not being able to reach every player (the back just cuts back). But I will grade tough to show which lineman is athletic enough to play in a zone blocking scheme.
- I want to see at least a 50% success rate on the reach blocks.
- It needs to be pointed out that Albert, Waters, and Wiegmann attempted the most second level blocks. That is why their grades are lower.
- Wiegmann can flat out block in space. Maybe that is why the Chiefs pulled him from the center position the first time he was in KC.
- Currently we have four players that can block in space well. Three of them very well: Albert, Wiegmann, & Lilja. That's what you need in zone blocking scheme.
- Pope does very good blocking on the second level.
OTHER PRESEASON STATS
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|*Chiefs Preseason: Breaking Down The O-Line Tape - Primer||*What You Look For in an NFL Offensive Lineman - The Basics||