Chargers Defensive Analysis: Introduction

Defensive coordinator John Pagano perusing Superduperboltman's weekly defensive analysis.

Following every Chargers game*, you will see posted during the week an article titled: "Chargers Defensive Analysis". These are some examples. It will be a review and rating of every defensive play for the mentioned game that will help us understand which players excel at any given moment**, which ones fail spectacularly*** if at all, and which ones are just average. Although the ratings are somewhat subjective, I find they go quite well with some of the big name play-by-play analysts found at Football Outsiders and ProFootballFocus, so they could**** be taken seriously. Most of what you see in the analysis is self explanatory, the numerical nonsense being the grading. It's quite simple, really.

Grading is given out to players at a minimum score of 0.0 and a maximum of 2.0. 2.0 means the player won their matchup, resulting in a big play. For pass rushers, this means getting a sack*****. For the other players, it's not allowing a completion or positive yardage play, like a tackle for a loss. The focus is mainly on the front 7 because how they do directly affects what the secondary does. If that player gets a hit on the QB that results in an errant throw for an interception or incompletion then he'll get a 2.0 or 1.5. If he just gets pressure, that still counts for a 1.0, or a 1.5 if he can turn that pressure into a sack from someone else. A zero happens when they do nothing. A 0.5 when they at least get push or contain the QB decently enough. If the grade is for a player who was in coverage, he'll get a zero for being burnt but a 1.0 if he doesn't allow a first down or significant yardage.

Sometimes players are double-teamed. In this case, I automatically give them a 1.0, and depending on how well they do from there, like getting pressure anyway, they can get the maximum 2.0 grade. If they are pancaked or, God forbid, gridlocked******, or fail completely at holding their point of attack, then they can have their grade knocked down. It will look something like this at the final tally:

1st Half

51

56

58

71

74

76

90

91

92

94

98

99

Run Average

0.21

0.21

0.50

0.81

0.0

0.0

0.75

0.50

0.36

0.44

0.30

0.19

Pass Average

na

na

0.0

1.0

0.25

0.0

0.25

0.0

0.17

0.0

0.40

0.40

2nd Half

51

56

58

71

74

76

90

91

92

94

98

99

Run Average

na

0.29

0.18

0.58

0.0

1.0

0.0

0

0.20

0.5

0.42

0.67

Pass Average

na

na

0.0

0.90

0.0

0.50

0.20

0

0.08

0.5

0.25

0.31

Grading given out depending on how a player did both on pass plays and run plays. The example above was from the Thursday night beatdown by the raiders. You can see that Antonio Garay was the only player who did any good. Cam Thomas was awful the first half, but really stepped up in the second half. You can also see that Everette Brown outperformed veteran Jacques Cesaire. A new feature will be added to this year's spreadsheet for you fans of the analysis. It will be unveiled week 1, so stay tuned.

You will also see posted a video, courtesy of Orz, relating to a few select plays highlighted in the analysis. This video will usually contain about 5 plays of significance. Usually good plays, sometimes a bad one. I might throw in a few screenshots or diagrams as well. If you are subscribed to BFTB premium services******* you can see the entirety of defensive plays in the video, as well as get grading in real-time. Anywhat, if I happen to be watching the game live, I'll be tweeting about it if you'd like to follow me (@poyzinous) and if for some horrible reason you don't already, follow @BFTB_Chargers because anyone who doesn't is a raider******** fan and hates the awesomeness of lightning bolts tickling their bodies.

*Unless something bad happened to me.

**Donald Butler and Cam Thomas excelled a lot last season.

***Bront Bird and, by default, Travis LaBoy.

****Should.

*****Or intentionally hurting someone, in Gregg Williams' analysis.

******Gridlocked is when they just flail to a side another pass rusher is and get in their way, resulting (assuming a 4 man rush/5 man blocking) in only 2 of the 3 players who were 1 on 1 to have position to be effective. Tommie Harris did this a few times because of his lack of chemistry with the other guys, I guess.

*******I can neither confirm nor deny BFTB Premium's existence.

********I know you are supposed to capitalize proper nouns, but because a raider is a generic, or common noun relevant to a thing, they don't get the honor^. Also because they are evil.

^That entire comment was meant entirely in good fun and if you managed to be offended by it, you're probably an idiot.

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