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

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Week #12

The Kansas City Chiefs lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 9-13.  The Chiefs drop to 4-7 on the season and the Steelers improve to 8-3.

With the absence of Jamaal Charles and Matt Cassel, it might be easier to pinpoint the areas along the offensive line that might need to be addressed.  Currently, the Chiefs have some issues in pass protection and a need for some added power along the offensive line.  Power blocks don't always have to come from a single block.  Some of that power can be produced by double team blocks that drive defenders out of the hole...something the Chiefs don't do very well, either

This week, Jon Asamoah has the most consistent game of all the lineman.  He ends the game with a 82% run assignment grade with a -1 dominance score and a 98% passing assignment grade with a +0 dominance score.

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
Albert
65%
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0
0
-2
Hudson 73%
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-1
+2
+3
Wiegmann 69%
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0
0
+1
Asamoah 82%
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-1
0
-2
Richardson 78%
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-1
0
+1
Maneri
98%
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+2
0
0







Run Blocking Notes:

  • Steve Maneri does not get very many reps.  So the grade may be deceiving.
  • One of the issues that the Chiefs are having is they don't have the speed...or the types of backs that will/can bounce the ball outside.  In the pic, below, you can see Hudson pulling and the line setting the edge.  Charles would have probably bounced that outside but Jones takes the ball into the pile.

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**Pic from NBC Sunday Night Game

  • Branden Albert has an off day run blocking.  In fact, he has been off for some time now.  I have not seen the energy he has had in past years at the second level, defenders are getting off his blocks, he has, from time to time, only blocked for a couple of seconds then let his defender go.  I am not sure the cause of the sluggish play...possibly the absence of Brian Waters to lead the way has affected him.  What ever the cause, we need to see Albert with a new sense of vigor.
  • One of those missed blocks, for Albert, is at 9:42 in the 4th quarter.  Branden Blocks down for about 2 seconds as the running back tries to catch the left edge.  Then Albert just seems to stand up and the defender scrapes to tackle the back.
  • Jared Gaither gets in for a play as Albert leaves the game hurt.  He has a false start...and Albert comes back in to the game.
  • If you would like to see how often the Chiefs ran at every line position how how well they did during the Steelers game, then go here.
  • If you would like to see how the Chiefs linemen have done over the past games, then look 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
     Grade Bar

Power
Pressures
Sacks
Combo

 Grade http://profootballspotlight.com/wp-content/uploads/100-rating-run-bar.png         
Blocking
Allowed
Allowed
Help
Albert
92%
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+1
1
0
6
Hudson 92%
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0
1
0
10
Wiegmann 92%
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-1
1
0
10
Asamoah 98%
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0
0
0
8
Richardson 62%
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-6
7
0
4
Maneri
98%
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0
0
0
1







 

Pass Blocking Notes:

  • Every offensive lineman has a decent day pass blocking, except Barry Richardson.  Barry is beat 6 times during the game and ends the day with a 62% assignment grade in pass protection.
  • At 1:08 in the 3rd quarter, Branden Albert does a great job of blocking two blitzing defenders on the same play to give Palko the time to throw the ball.  He first locks onto #92, blocks him for a second or two, and then moves to #29 to slow him down.  Nice blocking! (pic below)

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**Pic from NBC Sunday Night Game

  • At 4:07 in the 3rd quarter, Barry Richardson gets beat and the Steelers only rush 3 defenders.  (pic below)

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**Pic from NBC Sunday Night Game

  • As always, the tight ends and backs grades are at Pro Football Spotlight.  Click the button, below.

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