Offensive Line Model & Notes vs. Steelers
The Steelers followed an all-too-familiar plan to allow Joe Flacco ample time & space (ATS) on just 12 of 32 dropbacks (38%).
Let’s start with the metrics and come back to some analysis.
Flacco had a spike this week and was replaced by Ryan Mallett for 1 pass play, both of which are excluded from the numbers below.
Here are Joe’s results against the Steelers with and without Ample Time and Space (ATS):
Summarizing his results relative to expectation:
Summarizing the Steelers pass rush by numbers and ATS:
–Flacco had a rare inverted game where his results were much better without ATS. He owes much of that to the elusiveness of Steve Smith and Mike Wallace who had big runs after the catch, but Joe’s performance without ATS would have been close to expectation even without the 2 big YAC completions.
–The results with ATS are wretched. In fact, it was Flacco’s worst game with ATS on a yards-per-drop-back basis (1.6) since I started scoring the statistic in 2010. The previous low was 2.5 at Houston in 2014. It’s fitting that he tossed in a sack where he wandered left after significant pocket time (Q3, 7:14).
–The Steelers continued the recent trend of schematic confusion, overloads, and blitzes to create pressure. Of the 20 drop backs that were not ATS, 5 were in whole or part due to a free runner. The Ravens had no answer for blocking blitzers off the slot, in particular. That is a significant problem that did not get fixed during the bye week.
–There were 6 more drop backs where the ball was out quickly, so linemen in the process of being beaten were not charged with anything worse than a miss.
–The OL has provided just 41% ATS during in the last 5 games. For the year, Joe’s had ATS on 44% of drop backs.
Offensive Line Scoring
The Ravens ran 60 scored snaps versus the Steelers (excludes penalties, 1 spike, and 2 kneels).
Stanley: Ronnie returned, but turned in the worst performance by a Ravens lineman since James Hurst in the 2015 opener at Denver. Here are the racing form notes for his negative plays:
–(Q1, 10:58) Flagged for illegal use of hands on Jones
–(Q1, 7:32) Beaten outside by Harrison for pressure
–(Q2,10:50) Beaten Inside by Jones for pressure
–(Q2, 9:10) Flagged for holding on Jones
–(Q2, 0:39) Beaten inside by Heyward for QH shared with Wagner
–(Q2, 0:17) Flagged for holding on Harrison
–(Q3, 15:00) Flagged for holding on Shazier
–(Q3, 11:55) Beaten outside by Harrison for shared penetration on RL-5
–(Q3, 2:02) Bulled by Harrison for pressure
–(Q3, 0:41) Beaten outside for strip sack by Harrison shared with Yanda
–(Q4, 7:49) Beaten inside by Heyward for pressure
Scoring: 60 plays, 49 blocks, 4 missed, 1/2 penetration, 4 pressures, 1/2 QH, 2/3 sack, 1 illegal use of hands, 3 offensive holding, 10.5 points (.18 per play). F. Here’s the scary part…I don’t have any idea what to expect from Stanley going forward. He’s played well against decent competition and off-the-charts poorly versus Harrison. Like all Ravens fans, I hope this will be proven a mulligan and not a trend.
Lewis: Alex roared back with a huge game in his return to LG. His only negative event was a shared pressure where he was bulled by Heyward (Q2, 0:34). He missed 6 blocks, including 2 where he was beaten and 4 where he could not locate a block. He missed his only pull, made 3 of 6 blocks in level 2, and had 2 highlight blocks. Oddly, his big push on Heyward opened space for Shazier to run blitz for the fumble forced versus West (Q2, 14:47).
Scoring: 60 plays, 53 blocks, 6 missed, 1/2 pressures, 52 points (.87 per play). He gets an adjustment of .08 for the combination of his highlight blocks and facing the Steelers best lineman, Heyward. A. All fears about his play at LT bleeding over to LG proved unfounded. I suspect the Ravens will search for another backup tackle this offseason, even if they sign Wagner.
Zuttah: Jeremy also played well against quality opponents. He didn’t surrender a single pass rush event, but he was beaten for a penetration by Heyward (Q2, 1:23) and shared another with Stanley. He cut his missed blocks to 3 and made 3 of 5 blocks in level 2. His highlight was a combination block on Hargrave then Shazier (Q2, 10:18).
Scoring: 60 plays, 55 blocks, 3 missed, 1.5 penetrations, 52 points (.87 per play). After adjustment, that’s a B+ at center.
Yanda: Marshal also had a solid return. I charged him with 1/3 of the strip sack by Harrison, because Tuitt crunched Joe after the ball was dislodged. He was party to 2 penetrations, including a full charge when he was shed by Tuitt (Q1, 6:53). Otherwise he had 4 blocks in level 2 and 3 highlights. His most impressive was a 6+ yard push of Tuitt to clear the way for Dixon’s 6-yard run (Q1, 12:12).
Scoring: 60 plays, 52 blocks, 5 missed, 1.5 penetrations, 1/3 sack, 47 points (.78 per play). He gets the maximum possible adjustment for the combination of opponent quality (Tuitt), an illegal hands penalty drawn, a fumble recovered, and his 3 highlight blocks. B.
Wagner: Rick had a game of mixed results. I charged him with half of the QH (Q1, 5:59) when he was beaten outside by Tuitt as Mitchell rushed unblocked from the left side. He shared another QH with Stanley when bulled and shed by Moats (2, 0:39). He surrendered a similar half sack on the Ravens’ final offensive play (Q4, 2:18) when he was bulled by Chickillo as Shazier came free off the right side and Flacco went down voluntarily. He had 2 blocks in level 2, including his highlight, a pancaking of Shazier (Q1, 12:12) to key Dixon’s 6-yard run.
Scoring: 60 plays, 51 blocks, 4 missed, 1.5 pressures, 1 QH, 1/2 sack, 42 points (.70 per play). That’s a C after adjustment.
Hurst: James’ activation was surprising to me with Jensen a healthy scratch. He was used as a TE on 13 plays in the absence of Crockett Gillmore. He shared a run penetration and missed 2 other blocks. He was not used as a receiver. Nick Boyle is eligible to return after 2 more games and the Ravens could really use his blocking at TE.
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