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

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The San Diego Chargers lost to the Oakland Raiders last Thursday, 17-24.  The Chargers drop to 4-5 on the year as the Raiders improve to 5-4. (via profootballspotlight.com)

I have to admit, this was one of the most difficult films I have graded in the past 2 years.  The Chargers offensive line, which was decimated by injuries, where getting beat play after play in the 4th quarter.

Well, I had to grit my teeth the entire way through and then burned the tape when I was done...but here it is.

Nick Hardwick ends up being the top blocker for the game.  He ends the day with a 92% run blocking assignment grade and a +0 power score.  His pass blocking ended up at 88%.

If you are interested in the offensive line cumulative grades and rankings in the AFC West then go here, LT, LG, C, RG, RT.

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

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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
      Grade Bar

Power
Pull
2/Level

 Grade http://profootballspotlight.com/wp-content/uploads/100-rating-run-bar.png  
Blocking
Blocks
Blocks
McNeill
25%
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-2
+1
0
Green 69%
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-2
+4
+1
Hardwick 92%
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0
0
+1
Vasquez 88%
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+1
0
+2
Clary 69%
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0
0
+1
Dombrowski
87%
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0
0
0
Mruczkowski
93%
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0
0
0

Run Blocking Notes:

  • The run blocking for some of the lineman was just fine.  Nick Hardwick, Louis Vasquez (when he was in), Brandyn Dombrowski...all did a nice job in the running game.  Scott Mruczkowski filled in for Vasquez when he got hurt and didn't really have a lot of run blocking reps.  So that 93% grade is a little deceiving.
  • I didn't have a lot of run blocking notes.  Of course, I had one about a double team drive block by Clary and Vasquez.  That is a nice combo.  But other than that...not much.  I did have a lot of pass blocking notes (unfortunately).
  • 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
     Grade Bar

Power
Pressures
Sacks
Combo

 Grade http://profootballspotlight.com/wp-content/uploads/100-rating-run-bar.png         
Blocking
Allowed
Allowed
Help
McNeill
66%
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-1
1
0
0
Green 78%
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-5
4
1
16
Hardwick 88%
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-3
3
0
21
Vasquez 93%
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0
1
0
4
Clary 80%
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-5
4
1
6
Dombrowski
38%
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-17
16
4
8
Mruczkowski
52%
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-7
5
0
7

 

Pass Blocking Notes:

  • Ok.  I had tones of pass blocking notes...but most all of them are negative.  So, I'm not going to put them down.  Everyone knows the Chargers offensive line was banged up, replacements came in and got handled.  Don't need notes to tell us that.
  • Out of all this, I am concerned about the Chargers depth.  Yea, you can't get 3 starters hurt and expect to plug in 3 really good back-ups.  But I don't think the Chargers have a qualified back-up at left tackle.  Dombrowski, I like that you tried, but he just isn't ready to take on pass rushers from the left tackle position.  He got beat 17 times.  That is, by far, the lowest power score I have ever recorded in a single game.
  • As always, the tight ends and backs film grades, are here.

Tight ends and Backs article

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