Aggregate OL Results
The Ravens provided Griffin and McSorley Ample Time and Space (ATS) on 7 of 21 drop backs (33%). That’s about average. However, of 14 balls that were not ATS, 11 were pressure events and only 3 were ball out quick (BOQ) where the pass was delivered before pressure developed. By numbers, the Steelers rushed:
4: 11 times
5: 9 times
8: 1 time (last play of the first half)
Summarizing the line performance:
- They had responsibility for 2 of the 3 sacks (Edwards and Phillips both blocked inside and left Watt a free run)
- They did allowed 2 other QHs
- They allowed 6 pressures
- They were responsible for 1.5 of penetrations (run play for loss)
- They were penalized 3 times for 25 yards (1 false start, 2 holding)
The Ravens ran 49 scored snaps (excludes accepted penalties which result in no play, kneels, spikes, and special teams plays that result in a run or pass).
Brown: Zeus again played well versus a challenging speed rusher, Bud Depree. He was twice beaten outside by Dupree (Q1, 13:34; Q4, 12:11) for pressure, but never allowed either QB to get hit. He missed 5 blocks, of which 2 were losses at the LoS (I’m including a whiff on Watt on a pull). He made 2 blocks in level 2 and pancaked the blitzing Hilton on the first play from scrimmage (Q1, 14:55). He executed his fake or found a block on 2 of 5 pulling assignments. He did not have a highlight.
Scoring: 49 plays, 42 blocks, 5 missed, 2 pressures, 38 points (.78 per play). That’s a B with adjustment.
Bozeman: Bradley had his worst game in over a year with a very tough pair of assignments. When pass blocking, he primarily had solo responsibility for Cam Heyward, who gave him fits dictating first contact. Heyward beat him inside cleanly for a sack (Q1, 6:00) with an initial 2-handed push that knocked him off balance. Heyward also beat him outside for a full pressure (Q4, 5:25). Of 7 missed blocks, only 2 were losses at the LoS, with the rest all ZNB, PNB, or L2NB (much less serious misses). He had 5 blocks in level 2, 2 pancakes, and connected on 13 of 17 pulling assignments. His highlight was a cut block that took out Vince Williams and delayed Cam Heyward on Griffin’s 11-yard run (Q1, 3:46).
Scoring: 49 plays, 38 blocks, 7 missed, 1.5 pressures, 1.33 sacks, 27 points (.55 per play). That’s an F even after adjustment. He last had a game this poor in the 2018 playoff game versus the Chargers (.55 raw, .59 adjusted). There’s no way to paint this as a good performance but Bozeman still has never had an F off the bottom of the scale as we saw the aggregate performance at RT in this game.
Colon-Castillo: Trystan showed positive signs in his NFL debut. He was shed by DT Tyson Alualu (Q4, 13:02) against whom he was unable to get to the body. Alualu also drove him backwards on a zone run right (Q3, 5:27) to blow up Edwards’ run for a loss of 2. After several reviews, it appears TCC was also responsible for the false start flag on Bredeson (Q1, 4:31). All of the other linemen beat the snap by the same 3-4 clicks (0.1 to 0.13 seconds), which tells me Trystan must have messed up the snap timing. He missed 5 blocks, 4 of which were clear losses at the LoS. On the 5th, he failed to make any block while Powers was beaten inside by Mondeaux on what would become Watt’s 2nd sack (Q3, 4:41). He did not make any blocks in level 2 or pancakes. He connected his only pull.
Scoring: 49 plays, 42 blocks, 5 missed, 1 penetration, 1 QH, 1 false start, 34 points (.69 per play). That’s a D with adjustment.
Powers: Ben was not penalized and scored well in his second start. He did not have any negative plays, although he was beaten inside by Mondeaux on a fast sack by Watt (Q3, 4:41). On the play, he received no help from TCC who did not have a dance partner. He missed 5 blocks, of which 3 were losses at the LoS. He had 5 blocks in level 2 but did not deliver a pancake. He connected on 1 of 2 pulls.
Scoring: 49 plays, 44 blocks, 5 missed, 44 points (.90 per play). That’s an A after adjustment. Had Mondeaux have delivered a pressure when he beat Powers, his grade would have dropped to a B.
Fluker: DJ got worked over by TJ Watt. He was beaten by Watt for a QH on Griffin’s pick-6 (Q1, 7:04). That play should have been flagged for roughing the passer as Watt came in hard and low and took down Griffin by his knee. Fluker was again beaten for a full pressure by Watt to flush McSorley and was lucky holding was not called (Q4, 5:31). He was flagged 2 other times for holding (Q1, 6:54; Q3, 10:46). I can see no holding in the first instance and it’s possible the flag was intended for Orlando Brown. He made 1 block in level 2 but did not have a pancake or highlight. He made his only pull.
Scoring: 30 plays, 25 blocks, 3 missed, 1 pressure, 1 QH, 2 offensive holding, 8 points (.27 per play). That’s an F even after a maxadjustment for quality of opponent. Even without that first holding flag, he’d have graded as an F.
Phillips: Tyre played 19 snaps in rotation with Fluker. On consecutive snaps (beginning Q2, 11:09) he was bulled by Watt for a pressure, then was bulled and shed by Watt for a sack (2/3 charge). He missed 3 blocks, 2 of which were losses at the LoS to Wormley. He did not make a block in level 2, deliver a pancake, or have a pulling assignment.
Scoring: 19 plays, 12 blocks, 3 missed, ½ penetration, 1.5 pressures, 2/3 sack, 4 points (.21 per play). He was below the 20-snap minimum for grading. Tyre was the next reasonable choice at tackle with so many players out, so the Ravens reserved that for him in his first game back rather than start or rotate him at RG. The Ravens have a lot of option on the interior, but were limited at RT with both Holden and Mekari on the COVID list. When they return, the Ravens have 4 options at RT, but it’s not obvious to me how the Ravens will (or should) line up.
Bredeson: Ben made all 10 of his blocks, including 3 in level 2. The false start flag was due to a late snap by TCC. Prior to the Steelers game, he had just 3 scored snaps. He looked mobile and effective as a 6th offensive lineman.
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