Offensive Line Model & Notes vs. Jets
The offensive line faced a formidable task against the Jets’ quality defensive line. New York managed 2 sacks, but more importantly, they allowed ATS on just 17 of 45 drop backs (38%). They expanded on the Giants’ successful game plan with a frenzied rush in terms of numbers and overloads.
Let’s start with the metrics and come back to some analysis.
Here are Joe’s results against the Jets with and without Ample Time and Space (ATS):
Summarizing his results relative to expectation:
Summarizing the Jets pass rush by numbers and ATS:
–I’ve been asked why Joe seems to make every throw off his back foot. I’m going to answer that question with an exercise. Please take the time to go through the pass plays on Game Pass and see how much traffic there is in the area where he would normally step into a throw. I think he’s bothered by the way that space was cluttered by the Jets pass rush and is rushing on both deep balls and check downs.
–One of the few times he had a 4-second pocket (3 seconds is the standard for ATS), he completed a 53-yard pass to Wallace. It reminded me how few times we have seen that this season. If you want a reminder of what outstanding protection looks like, go back to the first game of 2009 versus the Chiefs. It’s still available on Game Pass and on a substantial portion of the plays, Flacco had an eternity to find a target and deliver the ball.
–When the Jets rushed 5 or more, the Ravens were able to provide ATS on just 7 of 25 drop backs (28%). This is similar to the problems with numbers versus the Giants and Raiders.
–In addition to the numbers, the Jets used pre-snap movement, consistently threatened the A-gap blitz, and used twists/stunts effectively for pressure.
–Unlike the Giants game, where the Ravens did a poor job of picking up blitzes, the Ravens got an outstanding pass-blocking game from Kyle Juszczyk, who threw a number of effective blocks among 13 set and 5 chip blocking assignments.
–Flacco has had just 41% ATS during the 4-game losing streak. For the year, he’s had ATS on 44% of drop backs. It’s the first year since 2010 (when a miscast LT named Oher protected his blind side) that Joe has had ATS on less than 51% of drop backs.
Offensive Line Scoring
The Ravens ran 56 scored snaps versus the Jets (excludes penalties and 1 spike).
Lewis: Alex continued to struggle in his 3rd game at LT. He was flagged on consecutive plays, including a hold to negate West’s 52-yard run (Q2, 7:03). He was beaten outside by Mauldin for a QH (Q2, 1:45) that was unrecorded in the Gamebook. He also allowed 3 full pressures, but we’ll take a break from listing each one this week. He pulled once successfully, had a block in level 2 and 1 pancake. I did not credit a single highlight block for any Ravens lineman in this game.
Scoring: 56 plays, 47 blocks, 5 missed, 3 pressures, 1 QH, 1 offensive holding, 1 false start, 29 points (.52 per play). With adjustment for quality of competition, that’s a high F. He’s not Cousins or Hurst with wide variation in his scores from week to week and for the most part he’s staying square with his assignments, but getting driven back into the pocket all too frequently. The Ravens will be much improved when he returns to guard.
Urschel: John regressed after a strong showing against the Giants. He bit on an inside fake from Richardson and was beaten outside for the Jets only sack (Q1, 0:33). He was twice beaten for pressures, which would have left him with a salvageable score had the pressure events been his only deductions. However, he also missed a season-high (for a Ravens lineman) 9 blocks among jut 56 plays. Of those 9, 4 were cases where he was beaten, 4 were failures to find a block in level 2, and the last was a troubling failure to assist Lewis on Mauldin’s QH (Q2, 1:45). He was successful on 2 pulls.
Scoring: 56 plays, 44 blocks, 9 missed, 2 pressures, 1 sack, 34 points (.61 per play). Even with a big adjustment for Richardson, that remains a high F.
Zuttah: Jeremy also regressed after 2 straight weeks of quality play. He twice tripped Flacco as he tried to anchor. One of the trips resulted in a 5-yard sack (Q4, 11:11). He also surrendered a pair of partial pressures to Leonard Williams, who many thought was the best value in first round of the 2015 draft. His 6 missed blocks included 2 plays where he was beat and 2 where he tripped. He made 3 of 5 blocks in level 2.
Scoring: 56 plays, 47 blocks, 6 missed, 1 (2 X ½) pressure, 1 sack, 39 points (.70 per play). He gets an adjustment for the quality of the Jets interior line, but that still leaves him a point short of passing at center. F.
Jensen: Ryan was having an outstanding game through 3 quarters with just half a pressure allowed, but faded in Q4. I charged him with 2/3 of the QH by Mauldin (Q4, 10:01) when he and Wagner were not able to negotiate a stunt handoff because Jensen gave too much ground to Williams. He also surrendered 2 pressures on the final drive (Williams and Martin). He had 2 blocks in level 2.
Scoring: 56 plays, 48 blocks, 4 missed, 2.5 pressures, 2/3 QH, 41 points (.73 per play). He had to face Williams as much as anyone and gets a large adjustment, C.
Wagner: Rick returned to the starting lineup for the first time since week 4 and played the best of any lineman. He was fortunate from a scoring perspective, because all 4 of his missed blocks came on plays where he was beaten, but he did not get charged with a pressure or penetration. He was beaten inside by Williams for a hard QH (Q4, 6:26), but that was his only solo pressure event. He had 2 blocks in level 2.
Scoring: 56 plays, 50 blocks, 4 missed, 1.33 QH, 46 points (.82 per play). That’s a B+ after adjustment. His ability to assemble a quality game under difficult circumstances is one of the factors that gives hope the line can be effective when healthy.
Hurst: James entered for 1 play at LTE and made his block.
If you’re interested in seeing scoring trends for the players this season, these charts will be updated weekly.
I promised a breakdown of value relative to cap for the offense. I’m including that in my OL podcast available on “Locked on Ravens” later tonight.