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Preseason Oakland vs Saints: Breaking Down the O-Line Tape

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Preseason Week #3

The Oakland Raiders took on the New Orleans Saints this past Saturday.  This was a game that allowed the coaches and fans to see the starters for both teams play a significant amount of reps.

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In this post, you will find a film breakdown of every offensive play in the first half (we will break down the entire game when the regular season starts).  After breaking the film down, you will find grades and notes that might help you understand what you might have missed in the trenches while the play was going on.

In the Saints game, Cooper Carlisle graded out at a 94% in pass protection.  His power blocking score was -1 which is the number of times he dominated a defender in pass protection minus how many times he was dominated. 

For the most part, the Raiders' offensive line had problems every time Shaun Rogers lined up on them.  The guy is a beast.  Problem was that even though he was dominating the line of scrimmage he didn't really make a lot of tackles.

Lets look at those offensive line grades for the first half only...

 

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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
Veldheer
81%

0
0
0
Loper
66%

+1
+1
0
Satele
72%

-3
-2
0
Carlisle
72%

-3
+3
+1
Barnes 80%

-2
+2
0
Wisniewski
60%

-2
0
0
Heyer
95%

0
0
0

 

Run Blocking Notes:

  • With 7:05 left in the first quarter Carlisle fires out and drives the defender.  When the defender starts to roll off...Cooper bear hugs him so he doesn't get away.  No flag.
  • Samson Satele has a hard time with Shaun Rogers.  In fact, every guard and center had problems with him.  At one point Satele, after getting driven two plays in a row, just takes Shaun Rogers out with a cut block.
  • At 5:42 in the 1st quarter, the Raiders start running a three tackle formation.  Looks like they are going to run the ball.
  • Too many delay of game penalties.  Those shouldn't happen.

 

 

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
Veldheer 88%

-3
1
0
1
Loper 83%

-1
1
0
1
Satele 88%

-2
1
0
6
Carlisle 94%

-1
2
0
6
Barnes 90%

-1
1
0
2
Wisniewski 96%

0
0
0
1
Heyer
66%

-2
3
0
4

 

Pass Blocking Notes:

  • Samson Satele and Cooper Carlisle picked up a loop stunt on the 3rd play for the Raiders.  Nice to see that the offensive line, even after a short camp, is communicating enough to pick up line stunts.
  • Steven Wisniewski does a decent job against Rogers in the pass rush blocking.  He just cuts him.
  • At 6:02 left in the 2nd quarter Wisniewski picks up a loop stunt.
  • Just before half, Shaun Rogers is throwing Samson Satele around like a rag doll.  But you know what, he didn't get to the quarterback.  Good job Samson.
  • Carlisle pulls as a run decoy and the Raiders play action and put the ball up top at 5:50 in the 2nd.

 

 

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