Prior After the Kansas City Chiefs game against the Indianapolis Colts the KC line had given up 3 sacks. Three sacks ranks first in the NFL.
There are a lot of players that should be congratulated for that accomplishment, a lot of coaches that should give themselves a pat on the back, and one quarterback that should be buying the lineman some dinner. But even though the line has gone from the worst to first...there are always areas to improve.
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Let's take a look at those O-Line grades.
- 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.
- Click on Bewsaf Past Posts at the bottom of this post for any past o-line articles you might have missed.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Colts - Line Play
|60% or below
||70%||80%||90% or above
|60% is an indication the lineman was some defenders boy toy.
||70% is a rough day in both the run or passing game. The lineman probably got notice a lot and won't hold a job scoring 70% every week.
|| 80% is a solid day for run blocking but only an average day for pass blocking. Players strive to be above 80% every game.
||Player had great game run or pass blocking if they score a 90%. All pro players are consistently in the 90%.
|Percent Scale||Percent Scale|
Run & Pass Blocking Notes:
- Back to the Chiefs...Weigmann bounced back from the sub par run blocking performance last week to grade out at 91% this week. Hats off to Weigmann.
- Albert and Richardson's pass blocking grade took a dip at the end of the game when the Colts defensive ends had a lead and could just pin their ears back and get after the quarterback.
- It continues to be impressive the way Casey Weigmann can see all the players around him and pick up twists, linebacker stunts, and unblocked defenders.
- 1 and 10 at the opponents 30 yard line Pope makes a great drive block. Pope has demonstrated the ability to "shield" block but this is the fist time I have seen him drive a defender.
- 5:27 in the 3rd quarter with a 2nd and 6 on the Colts 13. Chiefs run the ball: Weigmann, Moeaki, and Richardson block no one; Waters and Lilja each miss a reach block; and Pope chases behind his defender at he second level as Jones gets killed for a loss of yardage. Play called might have been better...but...when you are deep in the opponents territory you can't have mental lapses.
- Albert gets beat 2 times by Freeney and his spin move. Don't feel bad Brandon...I have seen the best of them miss Freeney when he used that move.
- Waters plays left tackle and Asamoah plays left guard while Albert tends to his injury. You know...Waters didn't do that bad. And he went up against Dwight Freeney.
- Lilja and Weigmann get top scores in pass blocking. With a combination of better pass blocking, pass protections that provide help to those lineman that need it, and more quick throws the Chiefs are doing a good job protecting Matt Cassel.
SECOND LEVEL BLOCKING
||POINT OF ATTACK BLOCK
|Waters||1 for 2
Graphic bars from draftboardinsiders.com
Second Level Blocking Notes:
- After Brian Waters gets driven into the quarterbacks face on one passing play...he comes back and gives the opponent one of his great punch blocks. Waters has a great punch block when he really lets it go. Stopped the dude dead in his tracks.
- Waters had a hard time reach blocking the Colts defenders on a few plays. Lilja and Weigmann did better in that department. That should be no surprise. Lilja and Weigmann have rougher games when the d-line is more stout and better games when the defenders are built more for speed, which are the Colts to a tee.
- All the lineman actually did a good job when they were the point of attack. The problem often came from the backside, scraping linebackers, or safeties.
- On the 3rd down play after the interception the Chiefs ran a receiver screen to McCluster that was overthrown. The announcers said it was another drop but it look to be poorly placed to me. From the looks of it the play might have been a big one because the Chiefs had some blockers out front.
- Albert gets driven once, Waters twice, and Weigmann once.
- Albert pics up one penalty.
OTHER PRESEASON STATS
||# Penalties||# of Drivens
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|*Chiefs Preseason: Breaking Down The O-Line Tape - Primer||*What You Look For in an NFL Offensive Lineman - The Basics|