Offensive Line Model & Notes vs. Browns
The Browns again challenged the Ravens’ makeshift offensive line and allowed ATS on just 16 of 42 drop backs (38%). Despite the pressure, the Ravens offense came to life with 3 touchdowns in the 2nd half.
Let’s start with the metrics and come back to some analysis.
Flacco had a spike at the end of the first half, which is excluded from the numbers below.
Here are Joe’s results against the Browns with and without Ample Time and Space (ATS):
Summarizing his results relative to expectation:
Summarizing the Browns pass rush by numbers and ATS:
–The OL has provided just 40% ATS during in the last 6 games. For the year, Flacco has had ATS on 43% of drop backs.
–Of the 26 pass plays scored “not ATS”, there were 9 where the ball was out quickly and no lineman was charged for anything worse than a miss.
–The Browns used many of the same schemes that had been successful over the previous 5 weeks with pressure from blitzing linebackers (Collins, Davis), and lots of twists/stunts, but did less in terms pre-snap movement. Commitment to numbers was also similar. The Ravens won’t stop other teams from scheming so regularly for pressure until they can mitigate its success.
–I take the pressure games as a sign of respect for the deep threats, but Flacco can also help slow down defenses with more success on intermediate routes.
–Flacco’s numbers were good both with and without ATS in terms of yardage.
–The 2nd half turned in by the offense gives as much hope as anything from the game. That included a 90-yard scoring drive where the Ravens never got to 3rd down.
–The breakout contributions by Dixon, Perriman, and Waller each provide a measure of hope the offense can make a contribution to a playoff push.
Offensive Line Scoring
The Ravens ran 74 scored snaps versus the Browns (excludes penalties, 1 spike, and 2 kneels).
Stanley: Facing primarily rookie DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Ronnie had a decent game. He allowed parts of 8 pressure events, but had no play scored worse than -2. As a run blocker, he allowed a shared penetration, but was otherwise good. He had 3 blocks in level 2, 1 pancake, and 5 highlights, which is terrific for a tackle. The one I liked best was his fake zone block to the right, well-timed pivot, and effortless shove of Collins to lead Young’s 10-yard reverse on the Ravens final first down (Q4, 2:00).
Scoring: 74 plays, 64 blocks, 1 missed, 1/2 penetration, 5 (3 + 4 X 1/2) pressures, 1/3 QH, 52 points (.70 per play). C. It seems strange that a game like this would be such good news, but Ravens fans needed a return to normalcy for Stanley and he delivered it 4 days after his implosion versus the Steelers.
Lewis: Alex’s injury overshadowed all OL results versus the Browns. He was hurt when massive NT Danny Shelton fell awkwardly onto the side of his lower right leg (Q3, 9:41). Remarkably, X-Rays came back negative and the Ravens have made no indication he’ll be sent to IR. I charged Alex with 2/3 of the sack by Davis (Q2, 4:24) who spun off a double team inside past Lewis. That’s a tough charge, because the sack itself happened after 3 seconds, but I thought the pressure had already begun to deny ATS. Until that point, I did not score him with any missed blocks. He had 4 blocks in level 2 and 2 highlights. His best run block was a combination to pin Shelton for Zuttah then a solid push on Collins in level 2 (Q2, 13:04).
Scoring: 46 plays, 40 blocks, 3 missed, 1.5 pressures, 2/3 sack, 33 points (.72 per play). After adjustment for opponent quality and his highlights, that’s a C- at guard. If you take out the sack charge, his grade would be a B. Urschel and Hurst finished well at LG, but as we saw during the losing streak, the Ravens need Lewis back at LG.
Zuttah: Jeremy had difficulty with Danny Shelton. However, as you can see from his racing-form notes, it didn’t stop there:
–(Q1, 13:45) Backed up by Shelton for half penetration
–(Q2, 12:27) Shed and pushed down by Shelton for pressure
–(Q2, 5:03) Beaten by Meder for shared penetration
–(Q2, 4:24) Offers no help with Davis on S-10
–(Q2, 0:49) Bulled by Meder for pressure
–(Q2, 0:37) Bulled by Meder for partial pressure
–(Q3,10:22) Backed up by Paea for 1/3 QH
He was hurt on the TD pass to Smith (Q3, 2:10), but missed only the 2-point conversion. Oddly, when he returned he had a great set of mobility blocks on the Ravens 90-yard drive, including 4 blocks in level 2, 2 pulls, and 2 pancakes. He then retired and was replaced by Urschel for the last 6 scored snaps.
Scoring: 68 plays, 58 blocks, 3 missed, 1 (2 X 1/2) penetrations, 2.5 pressures, 1/3 QH, 1/3 sack, 48 points (.71 per play). After adjustment, that’s a D at center. Even if Yanda returns versus Dallas, the Ravens are short on interior linemen and I expect Zuttah will continue to start.
Ducasse: Starting Vlad and deactivating Jensen were odd choices. Ducasse allowed parts of 2 QHs to pedestrian DT Jamie Meder and was flagged twice for holding (Collins, Ogbah). He allowed a shared penetration, missed 7 run blocks, and one of his holds negated a 17-yard run by Dixon. Vlad had been a good run blocker in past seasons. He had 4 blocks in level 2 and had 2 highlight blocks, both of which I credited for moving Shelton 5+ yards.
Scoring: 74 plays, 63 blocks, 7 missed, 1/2 penetration, 1 (1/3 +2/3) QH, 2 offensive holding, 47 points (.64 per play). After adjustment, he missed passing by a single point, F.
Wagner: Rick continued to play well. His only full pass rush charge was a QH when he was bulled and shed by Ogbah (Q2, 1:39). I did not score him for a single highlight block and he had no blocks in level 2 or pancakes.
Scoring: 74 plays, 65 blocks, 4 missed, ½ penetration, 1 (2 X 1/2) pressures, 1.33 QH, 58 points (.78 per play). That’s a B after adjustment.
Urschel: John replaced Alex Lewis at LG and played well then slid to C for the last 6 plays. He was beaten by Shelton for a pressure (Q4, 4:25), his only negative event. He made 3 of 4 blocks in level 2 and puled successfully on his only assignment.
Scoring: 28 plays, 25 blocks, 2 missed, 1 pressure, 23 points (.82 per play). That’s a B after adjustment.
Hurst: Mornhinweg used Hurst for just 2 snaps at TE, but he also played 6 snaps at LG after Zuttah left for the night. He made all 8 of his blocks. Had the Ravens lost another lineman, it would have been interesting to see who would have been the emergency replacement. I was guessing Pierce or Urban would have been the guy. A few years back, the Ravens were in a similar situation and it was reported long snapper Matt Katula would have been used in an emergency.
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