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Chargers vs Minnesota: Breaking Down The O-Line Tape

The San Diego Chargers get a 24-17 victory over the Minnesota Vikings this past Sunday.  It was a wild game that saw the Chargers put together a 4th quarter scoring drive to win the game.

The offensive lineman blocked well, for the most part, all day.  Kris Dielman ended the day with a +7 dominance score in pass protection.  He demonstrated his great punch and balance as he thwarted would be pass rushers all day.

Let's take a look at all the other line 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
2/Level
Pull

Grade
Blocking
Blocking
Blocks
McNeill
95%

+1
+4
0
Dielman 83%

+1
+2
+2
Hardwick 83%

-4
-1
0
Vasquez 81%

+2
+6
+1
Clary 70%

-2
-4
-1



















 

Run Blocking Notes:

  • Marcus McNeill graded out the highest in run blocking with a 95%.
  • Louis Vasquez had the highest run blocking power score with +2.  Problem with Vasquez was that he didn't always keep his block.  There were times when his defender would get off of him and cause problems or make the tackle.  And that is why he graded out at an 81%.  But he is able to lay the wood on someone...he just needs to be more consistent.
  • Jeromey Clary had a rough day run blocking.   He had the lowest grade of all the lineman.
  • Kris Dielman picks up a good linebacker run blitz on the goal line at 12:20 in the 1st quarter.
  • Louis Vasquez has a great combo block and then to the second level to pick up a linebacker that springs a big run at 8:11 in the 1st quarter.
  • At 12:5? (lost the exact time on that) in the 3rd quarter Chris Kris Dielman drive blocks a defender 5 yards down field.  NICE!

 

 

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
Blocking
Allowed
Allowed
Help
McNeill
88%

+3
3
2
2
Dielman
97%

+7
1
0
11
Hardwick
95%

0
2
0
18
Vasquez
97%

+2
0
0
17
Clary
86%

-5
10
1
8
























 

Pass Blocking Notes:

  • Kris Dielman was a jewel to watch in the pass game last Sunday.  It is always nice to see a defender just stop in his tracks because a lineman just gave him a nice power punch in pass protection.  And Dielman delivered a lot of them against Minnesota.
  • Clary graded out at a 86% because most of the time he did his job...which is not letting your defender get to the quarterback.  The problem with Clary, as you can see in the number of pressures he gave up, is that he lets the defender get to close to the QB.  His defender make the quarterback step up, slide, throw quicker than they might want to.  In the end he often recovered and did his job because he has a nice motor...but we would like to see improvement on the number of times his defender gets close (to close) to the QB.
  • Tyronnne Green only played a couple of snaps...so didn't put his scores in the charts above.  In the run blocking department he missed a block while in pass protection he did ok (the limited time he was in).
  • At :07 in the 2nd quarter Jeromy Clary gives up a pressure where the defender hits Philip Rivers arm and causes the pass to float in the air and be intercepted.  
  • At 11:50 in the 3rd quarter both Marcus McNeill and Jacob Hester are blocking a defender and they give up a sack to the inside.

 

 

 

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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