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

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Week #9

The Kansas City chiefs lose to the Miami Dolphins, 3-31.  The Chiefs retain a part of the lead in the AFC West with a 4-4 record as Oakland and San Diego lose their games, also.

Jon Asamoah has had a decent year this year, for a first year player.  But in the Miami game, Jon was matched up with someone he had problems with all day.  Asamoah ends the day with a 66% assignment grade and a -3 power score in run blocking.  Those aren't very good numbers, and his pass blocking grades ended up being worse.

If you are a Chiefs fan, then you have seen enough of Asamoah to know he is going to end up being solid.  But during a Sunday game in in 2011, against the Dolphins...he found himself in a battle.

If you are interested in the offensive line cumulative grades and rankings in the AFC West then go here, LT, LG, C, RG, RT.

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
85%
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0
0
0
Lilja 80%
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0
+2
-1
Wiegmann 90%
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-1
0
0
Asamoah 66%
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-3
0
+1
Richardson 85%
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+1
0
-1












Run Blocking Notes:

  • At 14:21 in the 2nd quarter, Barry Richardson puts a slanting defender to the ground. Nice!  Richardson had had some poor games the past few weeks in the run game.  This week he turns it around and ends the day with a 85% run blocking grade and a +1 power score.  Not great numbers...but solid, and a lot better than he had been putting up the last couple of weeks.
  • The Chiefs try and get the edge a few times during the game with McCluster and Battle.  Jackie Battle just doesn't appear to have the speed to be consistently effective as an edge runner.  But, Richardson does set the edge for McCluster at :15 in the 3rd quarter. 
  • Casey Wiegmann has another solid performance as he continues to "get the job done".  Casey ends the day with a 90% assignment grade in run blocking.
  • 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

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Blocking
Allowed
Allowed
Help
Albert
84%
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-5
5
0
7
Lilja 89%
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-5
5
0
19
Wiegmann 93%
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-2
2
0
20
Asamoah 79%
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-9
8
0
12
Richardson 84%
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-7
8
0
7















 

Pass Blocking Notes:

  • Chiefs fans might have guessed that they were going to be in for a long night when on the first play, Ryan Lilja was bull rushed back into the quarterback and Barry Richardson was beat on an inside move.  As far as pass protection goes...this Chiefs struggled all day.
  • The Chiefs O-Line ended the day with every offensive lineman having no better than a -2 power score (Wiegmann) and at the worse, a -9 power score (Asamoah).  Those numbers, power scores, for the O-line are very poor.  It tells us that the Chiefs were getting beat regularly, up and down the line.  Some of the lineman get their assignment scores up to a tolerable level...but even those players can be found struggling, from time to time, during the game.
  • Barry Richardson has a nice cut block at 14:34 in the 1st quarter.  I highlight the cut block, because the Chiefs have had their issues with that block this year.
  • At 12:18 in the 2nd quarter, Richardson gives up some pressure on the QB...but Cassel has over 4 seconds to get rid of the ball.
  • At 11:36 in the 2nd quarter, both Branden Albert and Barry Richardson get beat and their defender pressures the quarterback.  Cassel somehow eludes them and avoids the sack.
  • 11:20 in the 3rd, to many to block....Cassel doesn't get it to the hot route.  Not all of the problems on Sunday were due to the offensive line.  The Dolphins decided they were going to send some blitzes during the game.  Many times, it was more than the Chiefs could block.  On those situations, Cassel must read the blitz, pick up the hot route, and get rid of the ball before the pressure gets to him.  Something he failed to do...and was the cause of some of those sacks the Chiefs got on Sunday (not the line). 
  • As always, the tight ends and backs grades are, here.

 

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