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Kansas City Chiefs vs Colts: Breaking Down The O-Line Film

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Week #5

The Kansas City Chiefs come home with a 28-24 victory this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.  The Chiefs go to 2-3 as the Colts drop to 0-5.

Jon Asamoah has a good game as he records a 91% run blocking assignments grade and a +3 power score.  Through 4 weeks of the season Asamoah has averaged a 78% run blocking grade and a 90% pass blocking grade (see AFC West right guard standings, here).

Let's take a look at the rest of those grades...

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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 success 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
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Power
Pull
2/Level

 Grade DBI_rating_10         
Blocking
Blocks
Blocks
Albert 77%

-1
0
+2
Lilja 80%

0
+4
+7
Wiegmann 77%

-5
0
-2
Asamoah 91%

+3
0
+9
Richardson 73%

-1
0
0














 

 

Run Blocking Notes:

  • Barry Richardson had had a good start to the 2011 season as he produced respectable grades through the first three games.  However, the past 2 games Barry has fallen back on hard times.  The run game, with is usually his best area, ended up being lower than his average through the first 4 games (AFC West right tackle rankings, here).  At one point in the 2nd half, Richardson missed 6 out of 6 run blocks.
  • At 1:23 in the 1st quarter Richardson goes to the 2nd level and blocks no one.  I think it was just last week I was complementing Barry about how much he had improved in his 2nd level blocking.  Granted, blocking the speedy Colts linebackers is more of a challenge, but....
  • At 1:23 in the 1st, Ryan Lilja locks onto his defender that is shooting the inside gap on him and rides him all the way down the line of scrimmage about 1 yard deep in the backfield.  The back adjusts to the blocking and cuts back away from the defender being blocked by Lilja.
  • Sometimes lineman can block who they are supposed to and the play not get any yards.  There could be a few reasons:  to many defenders, backs or receivers don't block, etc.  :46 left in the 1st quarter a backside linebacker is aggressive and shoots the gap on the backside to make a play when the chiefs are going to the right.
  • At 11:09 Wiegmann gets movement on his run block.  That is good for Casey since a lot of the times he is shielding the defender.
  • Both Lilja and Wiegmann do some combo blocking a little bit more than past games.  I have seen double teams in the AFC West that don't get a push off the ball...and Kansas City has had a few of those.  But in this instance both players do a nice job of driving the defender of the ball.
  • Asamoah gets a good 2nd level block to spring Jackie Battle for some extra yards.  That second level is very important for the big runs.
  • Asamoah has a +9 score at the second level this week.  That is really high.
  • I love seeing lineman when they block a defender...and when the defender starts to fall they are very quick to jump on him and ride him on the way down.  Ryan Lilja does just that at 12:14  in the 3rd quarter.  He does it again at 9:54 in the 4th quarter. 
  • Albert gets a holding call at 11:37 in the 3rd quarter.  Most of the time, this year, the Chiefs have gotten those kinds of penalties after they have been beaten on a play.
  • Lilja has a very nice pull block at 5:10 in the 3rd quarter.  And Asamoah has one at 3:11 in the 3rd.
  • If you would like to see how the Chiefs lineman have done over the past games then look here.

 

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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
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Power
Pressures
Sacks
Combo

 Grade Rating Bar Passing         
Blocking
Allowed
Allowed
Help
Albert 80%

-2
2
0
9
Lilja 89%

-1
2
0
12
Wiegmann 96%

0
0
0
15
Asamoah 94%

-1
2
0
11
Richardson 68%

-4
4
1
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Pass Blocking Notes:

  • This weeks pass protection was hairy.  The Colts have a very good pass rush and considering the Chiefs were down early...that meant that those two defensive ends could pin there ears back and the defensive tackles started doing stunts in the middle.  The Chiefs, to help keep Matt Cassel upright, kept a lot of tight ends and backs in during passing downs.
  • Considering how Branden Albert played against the Colts the last time he met them...he had a much better game this time around.  He did get beat a couple of times and give up some pressure.  But given the difficulty he has had in the past his play has significantly improved this year (AFC West left tackle rankings, here).
  • At 11:34 in the 2nd quarter Wiegmann does a nice job at picking up a defensive line stunt but Barry Richardson gives up pressure on the quarterback to his inside.
  • Albert has always had problems cut blocking on passing plays.  At his best, he has been average at it.  At 5:43 in the 2nd quarter he misses a cut block against the Colts.
  • At :20 in the 2nd, Albert gets beat from a speed rush to the outside.
  • If you watched the defensive line play of the Colts any this past Sunday you will understand why teams don't like to get in 3rd and longs or behind in a game.  The Colt front four can really get after a quarterback.  All four of their lineman can move...and are quick enough to do a lot of different stunts to create pressure.  Albert misses one of those stunts at 12:14 in the 3rd quarter.
  • At 10:07 in the 3rd quarter, Branden Albert gives up a sack to the Colts.  After Dwight Freeney gets the sack the very next play he is lined up really wide and the Chiefs motion a wide receiver toward the center of the formation and block Freeney with a wide out, a tight end, and Branden Albert. 

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