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Preseason Chiefs Vs Rams: Breaking Down The O-Line Tape

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Preseason Week #3

The Kansas City Chiefs took on their cross state rivals last night.  Many fans were disappointed with how the Kansas City offense started the game.  But in the end the coaches and fans took away one very important lesson.

The offensive line is the foundation of an offense.

When you don't have a good day blocking then nothing happens.  No first downs, no touchdowns, only bad things.  So Chiefs fans can take away from this game the fact that the offensive line needs to do better.  Sure, they had some bright spots.  But its the mistakes, the holding penalties, and the pass blocking of the tackles that needs work.

Lets look at those offensive line grades for the first half only...

 

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Percent Scale
  • 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.
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
2/Level
Pull

 Grade         
Blocking
Blocking
Blocks
Albert 62%

-1
0
0
Hudson 62%

-2
+2
0
Wiegmann 62%

-3
0
0
Asamoah 75%

-1
+2
0
Richardson 85%

0
0
0
Gaither
40%
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0
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Run Blocking Notes:

  • The first two passing plays of the game the Chiefs gave up pressure on the quarter back.
  • The Chiefs gave the ball to LeRon McClain on a short yardage play to try and pick up a first down.  the play was designed to go left but the problem was that Albert, Hudson, and Wiegmann all were stuffed.  Luckily for the Chiefs Asamoah and Richardson had some great blocks that allowed McClain to cut back and get the first down.
  • At 13:35 Albert trips on Hudson who is on the ground after missing a cut block.  Both Hudson and Albert (especially Albert) needs to work on the cut blocks.
  • On the play that Jamaal Charles scores...Asamoah gets a great reach/drive block so Wiegmann could scrape and pick up a middle backer.  It will be fun watching that combination this year.  Unfortunately Richardson Hudson, on the backside of the play, gets a holding call.  Coaches really dislike, putting it mildly, when players gets penalties away from the play.
  • Gaither has some trouble run blocking.  In particular the reach blocking the Chiefs do when plays are going away from him.

 

 

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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
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Power
Pressures
Sacks
Combo

 Grade         
Blocking
Allowed
Allowed
Help
Albert 78%

-1
2
0
0
Hudson 89%

-1
1
0
4
Wiegmann 84%

-2
0
0
9
Asamoah 94%

0
0
0
5
Richardson 68%

-7
3
0
2
Gaither
85%

+2
0
0
0








 

Pass Blocking Notes:

  • The first two passing plays of the game the Chiefs gave up pressure on the quarter back.
  • Hudson misses blitzing linebacker at 14:14.  Didn't turn to pick him up until he was 3 steps past him.
  • Hudson and Albert pick up twist stunt at 11:11 in the second quarter.  Hudson may be raw but he is coming along nicely as a rookie guard (which is what he played in the first half).
  • On a third and goal the Chiefs hike the ball and Albert doesn't even move out of his stance.  Needless to say his defender raced by him on his way to pressure the Matt Cassel.  Luckily Matt spun back and away from the rushing defender and avoided the sack.
  • Two holding calls for Barry Richardson.
  • Gaither pass blocks very well.  In fact, I'll put out an article about it on Pro Football Spotlight later this week.

 

 

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