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San Diego Chargers vs Dolphins: Breaking Down The O-Line Film

The San Diego Chargers defeated the Miami Dolphins 26-16 to run their record to 3-1 in the AFC West.  The Chargers are now in sole possession of the lead as the Oakland Raiders fell to the New England Patriots.

This week, Marcus McNeill had a great game as he recorded an assignment grade in run blocking of 90% with a +3 power score and a 92% and +4 power score in pass blocking.  Marcus has been inconsistent this year in his run blocking, but demonstrates this week that he can move defenders off the line as well as pass block.

Let's take a look at the rest of those scores...

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10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Percent Scale

 

 

Team Run Blocking
Power Blocking
Power Blocking Score
2nd Level Blocks
Did the lineman get the job done or not? These grades are good for understanding value for a team and not necessarily for comparing across teams. A game in the mid 80s to 90% is a decent score.
How often did the offensive lineman dominate the block or how often did he get dominated? These scores are good for comparing across teams and finding the most dominant lineman in the league.
Anything over zero is a good score. The more over zero the more the lineman dominated the defender. Each lineman is scored a minus for being dominated, a zero for a draw, or a plus for dominating the defender.
The number of success over failures for the lineman when blocking linebackers and safeties on the second level. The lineman must be athletic to accomplish a high second level score.

 


Run Blocking Grades


Percent
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Power
Pull 2/Level

Grade DBI_rating_10
Blocking
Blocks
Blocking
McNeill
90%

+3
0
0
Dielman 81%

+3
+4
+4
Hardwick 77%

-1 0 -1
Vasquez 86%

-1
+1
+2
Clary 90%

0
+1
0
Green
98%

0
0
0












 

Run Blocking Notes:

  • The Chargers demonstrated this week that they can run the ball. 
  • Hardwick has a mental lapse late in the game, in which he misses 3 of 5 blocks.  The first half, he does pretty well.  A score in the 70s is an off day.
  • 9:15 in the 1st quarter, Louis Vasquez and Jeromey Clary team up to drive a defender 5 yards down field.  In the game against the Dolphins, the Chargers flexed their muscles and demonstrated they can run the ball as well as pass it.
  • It's nice to see plays in which all the linemen make their blocks.  So many times, only one block is missed and that stops a play.  At 11:28 in the 2nd quarter, there are a lot of good blocks.
  • There seemed to be some confusion on a run audible at 13:06 in the 3rd quarter.
  • At 6:05 in the 3rd quarter, Nick Hardwick pulls and puts his defender to the ground.  Nice to see Hardwick work in space and do a good job.
  • Marcus McNeill has a pretty good run blocking day.  He demonstrates a motor after engaging with the defender.  A good example is at 9:13 in the 4th quarter.  And he has another nice effort and motor at 2:43 in the 4th.  That is two blocks with energy late in the game.
  • To see how an offensive lineman has done in previous weeks then go, here.

 

 

Team Pass Blocking
Passing Power Blocking
Pressures Combo Help
Did the lineman get the job done or not? These grades are good for understanding value for a team and not necessarily for comparing across teams. A game in the 90% is a good score for pass blocking.
How often did the offensive lineman dominate the block or how often did he get dominated? Each lineman is scored a minus for being dominated, a zero for a draw, or a plus for dominating the block. How often did the offensive lineman give up pressure on the quarterback? Every once and a while a lineman can do his job but give up pressure on the QB. This stat will help glean more info from the line grades.
How often did the offensive coordinator provide help for a tough defender or a struggling lineman. Yea, two lineman ended up with the same grade...but how much help did either of them get?

 


Pass Blocking Grades


Percent
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Power
Pressures
Sacks
Combo

Grade Rating Bar Passing
Blocking
Allowed
Allowed
Help
McNeill
92%

+4
4
0 5
Dielman
85%

+1
4
0
8
Hardwick 92%

-1
2
0
16
Vasquez
85%

+1
3
0
13
Clary
74%

-1
8
0
8
























 

Pass Blocking Notes:

  • Pro Football Spotlight was ready to do an article on the lineman to watch:  Jeromey Clary.  But then Clary has a 74% assignment day pass blocking against the Dolphins.  Clary, at times, looks like a good right tackle.  Then one part of his game will go down.  He still is a solid right tackle and is clearly not at the bottom of the AFC West right tackles, to this point in the season.  But consistency is needed to become a top line player.
  • At 2:55 in the second, Kris Dielman and Nick Hardwick pick up a defensive line loop stunt.  Communication and an understanding of what each other is going to do is required to pull this off.  It's nice to see the Chargers line working together.
  • Sometimes, the protection fell apart for the Chargers.  An example can be found at 10:50 in the 2nd quarter where Jeromey Clary and Kris Dielman both get beat in pass protection.
  • The quarterback gets sacked at 3:56 in the 2nd quarter by Marcus McNeill's defender.  But Rivers had plenty of time and appeared to have no option down field.  Coverage sack.
  • Nick Hardwick has a great arm punch at 3:18 in the 2nd quarter.  The Chargers, as a whole, use arm punches very well.
  • At 1:48 in the 2nd quarter, Marcus McNeill drives his pass rusher all the way across the formation.  Nice.
  • For the most part, Philip Rivers does a great job of stepping up in the pocket and not being overly distracted by a little pressure that might come from linemen who get too close to him in the pocket.  However, at :38 in the 2nd quarter, he scrambles when it is not needed.
  • At :27 in the 2nd, a tight end stays in for extra pass protection and the Dolphins run a defensive line loop stunt and get pressure.  Frustrating to hold in extra blocker and give up pressure.  The next play, the line appears to become more determined and Rivers has 5 seconds to stand in the pocket.
  • Jeromey Clary has a lapse in the 2nd half where he gets a false start penalty and then turns around and misses his block on a pass rush the next play.  At one point, he misses 3 of 7 pass blocks around the 3rd quarter.
  • Kris Dielman appears to start to tire as the defender starts getting penetration on passing downs in the 4th quarter.  Dielman misses 2 of his last 5 pass blocks.
  • You can find the Tight Ends and Backs Film Breakdown, here.


Chargers TEs and Running Backs Film Breakdown

If you liked this analysis, I've also posted the TEs and Running Backs Film Breakdown and you can check it out over at Pro Football Spotlight.

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