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Raiders Crumble Ravens’ Offensive Line

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 12:22
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(Before It's News)

The release of Justin Forsett this week came as a mild surprise, but Sunday’s game may have accelerated the process.

In a sense, that is obvious given West’s breakout performance, but Forsett was still the team’s best pass-blocking pure running back. A pair of performances may have been the tipping point in deciding he was expendable.

First, West made several effective pass blocks. He was kept in as a pass blocker on 6 pass plays and chipped on 2 others. He had 4 where he threw nice blocks:

–(Q3, 11:21): Pancakes Mack as he turns to chase Flacco left.

–(Q3, 3:28): Upends Irwin coming unblocked with hard cut block.

–(Q3, 3:22): Stonewalls Nelson on pass right to Juice.

–(Q4, 4:26): Picks up Mack unblocked on short pass right.

It was a great relief to see him upgrade his game in an area where he’s showed little before and he did so against quality opposition.

In addition, Kyle Juzsczyck, who had lined up as a 3rd-down back a number of times, took a much bigger role as a pass catcher versus the Raiders with 6 receptions for 56 yards. He’s been a solid blocker, but having him in on 3rd down seemed more of a concession to the need for an extra protector rather than a true blocking/receiving option.

As you can probably guess from the 6 flags as well as the frequent pressure, the offensive line had a poor day. In total, they provided Flacco with Ample Time and Space (ATS) on just 20 of 53 snaps (38%).

Here are Joe’s results against the Raiders by ATS:

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Summarizing his results relative to expectation:

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Summarizing the Raiders pass rush by numbers and ATS:

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The Raiders 4-man rush was effective, but it was when rushing 5 that the Ravens had no answer. As the game wound down, Del Rio or his staff clearly recognized this and on the Ravens’ final 3 plays ran the same overload blitz right with LB Corey James and S Karl Joseph blitzing through the right B gap. These would be classified as deceptive blitzes as I define them, since they involved 2 rushes from off the LoS, but the Raiders coaches picked up the fact that the Ravens were not adjusting to stop it.

Offensive Line Scoring

The Ravens ran 79 scored snaps versus the Jaguars (excludes penalties and 1 spike).

Hurst: James had a game that was at the replacement level (neither above or below). I’m just going to give you the racing form version for his negative scores, so you can see for yourself on Game Pass:

–(Q1, 8:50): Beaten inside by Mack for pressure.

–(Q2, 13:39): Mack beats double team from Hurst and Jensen for pressure, charge split.

–(Q2, 13:00): Flagged for holding Mack on 3rd-down incompletion in end zone.

–(Q2,8:28): Again flagged for holding Mack who beat him to hit Flacco low.

–(Q2, 3:23): Bulled then shed for QH by Irvin.

–(Q3, 6:01): Failed to offer any help to Jensen to stop McGee, charge split.

–(Q4, 14:57): Beaten outside by Mack to flush Flacco. At same time, Wagner is beaten by Irvin around pocket with momentum to run down for sack. Joe fails to secure football or throw it away on 3rd and 6. Split the sack charge 3 ways, with 1/3 each to Hurst/Wagner/Flacco.

–(Q4, 8:43): Bulled by Mack for pressure.

He had 7 missed blocks, which were a variety pack including an apparent hold on a run play that went uncalled, a slip, 2 run whiffs, and a play where he was beaten outside by Irvin when the ball was out quickly. I did not score him for a single block in level 2, pancake, or highlight block.

Scoring: 79 plays, 65 blocks, 7 missed, 2 pressures, 1.5 QH, 1/3 sack, 2 offensive holdings, 42.5 points (.54 per play). With a significant adjustment for quality of competition, that’s a D. Joe is at significantly more risk of injury while in the shotgun with Hurst at LT, but I also think the performance we just witnessed from Hurst is approximately what you get from a good street LT. As the season moves forward, that talent pool will naturally degrade.

Jensen: Ryan didn’t play well, but he had highlights which offer hope. Here’s the racing form for his negative events:

–(Q1, 8:27): False start.

–(Q1, 0:19): Bulled by Mack for pressure on stunt.

–(Q2, 13:39): Mack beats double team from Hurst and Jensen for pressure, charge split.

–(Q2, 1:32): Fails to pick up Autry, but instead assists Hurst.

–(Q2, 0:18): Beaten outside by Ward for QH as Wagner is also bulled by Mack, charge split.

–(Q3, 9:41): Beaten inside by Autry to flush Flacco right.

–(Q3, 6:01): Beaten outside by McGee. No help from Hurst, charge split.

–(Q4, 9:43): After extended block on DT Ellis, flagged for holding.

Despite the large set of pass blocking problems, I have him scored for 4 highlight blocks. Of those, 3 were simple, but effective combinations where he pinned a defender for his line mate, then moved to level 2 and made an effective block. His most impressive highlight for the day came on a 15-yard screen to Juzsczyk where he slung down Ward at the LoS, then led the play with a flattening on Reggie Nelson in level 2. That one should be on his career highlight reel even if he plays another 5 years. He had 6 total blocks in level 2, but did not connect on his only pull.

Scoring: 79 plays, 66 blocks, 7 missed, 4 pressures, 1/2 QH, 1 offensive holding, 1 false start, 47.5 points (.60 per play). That’s a high F after adjustment for highlight blocks and opponent quality.

Zuttah: Yes, I heard PFF graded him well. I will provide transparency of scoring so you can judge for yourself. Here is his racing form:

–(Q1, 12:19): Called for hold on Ellis during odd wide formation run. I agree with the color guy who didn’t see much of a hold, but they threw it right at him and it clearly wasn’t Jensen or Yanda.

–(Q1, 2:04): Backed up by blitzing Corey James to flush Flacco.

–(Q2, 9:08): Fails to pick up stunting Mack on flea flicker, QH.

–(Q3, 12:24): Holds James as he pancakes him in level 2 to negate West’s 10-yard run.

–(Q3, 11:21): Overpowered right by Autry to flush Flacco.

His 5 missed blocks remain high for a center, but this time there were only 2 where he was beaten by an opponent and 3 others where he was unable to find a block in level 2. Jeremy had 5 blocks in level 2, pulled successfully once, and had 2 highlight blocks. His fumble recovery (Q3, 8:56) preserved a touchdown drive.

Scoring: 79 plays, 70 blocks, 5 missed, 2 pressures, 1 QH, 2 offensive holdings, 51 points (.65 per play). Including the maximum .10 adjustment for quality of competition and the recovered fumble, that’s still 2 points short of a D- at center, F. I was always skeptical that Matt Birk was overvalued by both me and PFF at center. Some people questioned his power, but he was a technician who made his run blocks play after play and was a solid pass blocker. After 3+ years of mixed play since Matt’s retirement, I’m convinced all those As and Bs for Birk were justified.

Yanda: Marshal put all the pieces together for the first time this season. He allowed just 2 pressures (Mack, Calhoun) on 53 drop backs. He made 6 of 7 blocks in level 2 and connected on 1 of 2 pulls. He had 3 highlight blocks, the best of which effectively sealed both Ward and McGee (Q3, 12:24) on the play that led West’s 14-yard run that included Zuttah’s 2nd hold.

Scoring: 79 plays, 75 blocks, 2 missed, 2 pressures, 71 points (.90 per play). A.

Wagner: Rick earned a Mulligan with his performance through 3 games and he used it on Sunday. Here are his negative events for consistency:

–(Q2,13:05): Bulled by Irvin for pressure.

–(Q2, 0:44): Beat by Mack Spin for QH.

–(Q2, 0:18): Bulled into Flacco by Mack as Jensen is beaten by Ward for QH, split charge.

–(Q2, 0:12): Bulled by Irvin for pressure.

–(Q4, 14:57): Pushes Irvin past pocket, but never slows him down, which allows him to Chase down Joe when flushed left by Mack for sacf/FF, 1/3 charge with Hurst and Flacco.

–(Q4, 9:24): Sets up too deep to stop Mack after chip. Mack sheds him for S-7.

–(Q4, 8:43): Bulled by Irvin for QH split with Hurst.

–(Q4, 1:36): Bulled by Mack for pressure.

–(Q4, 0:58): Beaten outside by Irvin as S Joseph also arrives as free runner.

He had 2 blocks in level 2, 2 pancakes and had 2 highlight blocks. His best highlight was a combination block on Autry then James (Q1, 0:52).

Scoring: 79 plays, 65 blocks, 4 missed, 3.5 pressures, 1.5 QH, 1.33 sacks, 45.5 points (.58 per play). That’s an D after adjustment. It’s not a game he wants to repeat, but all 4 efforts in this game from Hurst, Jensen, Zuttah, and Wagner were on the D/F border, not fall-off-the-table efforts.

If you’re interested in seeing scoring trends for the players this season, these charts will be updated weekly.

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