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Steelers Offensive Line Breakdown Play By Play Versus Ravens Week 4


Below is the play by play break down of the offensive line from the Sunday week 4 game versus the Baltimore Ravens. It is merely a pass or fail grade on if I think the lineman did his job or not. It also should be noted that we go under assumptions that we know what the assignment on each play was and sometimes it is not obvious. We have to grade on what we see and go from there. We added small notes to each play as well. As always if you disagree with any play, do so respectfully in the comments and give your reason so I can go back through and re-watch your disagreement.

Overall Rating

# POS Player Plays Yes No %Yes
72 RG Ramon Foster 2 2 0 100%
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu 50 45 5 90%
78 LT Max Starks 50 44 6 88%
53 C Maurkice Pouncey 50 41 9 82%
71 RT Flozell Adams 50 39 11 78%
64 RG Doug Legursky 48 36 12 75%

First Half Rating

# POS Player Plays Yes No %Yes
72 RG Ramon Foster 2 2 2 100%
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu 19 16 3 84%
53 C Maurkice Pouncey 19 15 4 79%
64 RG Doug Legursky 17 13 4 76%
78 LT Max Starks 19 14 5 74%
71 RT Flozell Adams 19 14 5 74%

Second Half Rating

# POS Player Plays Yes No %Yes
78 LT Max Starks 31 30 1 97%
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu 31 29 2 94%
53 C Maurkice Pouncey 31 26 5 84%
71 RT Flozell Adams 31 25 6 81%
64 RG Doug Legursky 31 23 8 74%

Doug Legursky – Legursky may be an upgrade over Trai Essex at right guard, but scored the worst of all linemen on Sunday. His small stature allows him to get pushed around on some plays and he has to be more conscience of letting ends and tackles get there arms into his body or next. He loses his leverage very easy when that happens. He is strong though and perhaps can improve in his next start. Playing the Ravens is no cake walk and he was inconsistent. Ramon Foster played 2 snaps at right guard and Legursky moved to fullback for both plays on the first Rashard Mendenhall TD.

Flozell Adams – About the game you expect out of Flozell Adams. He tends to take a play or two off at times and also had his usual false start on Sunday. When he gets beat on pass rushes, it is usually on spin moves that start off going outside and spin to the middle. At times it is like he still is not sure of his assignment, especially when his side is overloaded as he always want to block the inside guy stunting to the middle instead of a free backer on the edge. He has improved over the weeks and will struggle with more athletic ends. Not a bad day overall despite the score we have him at.

Maurkice Pouncey – This was his welcome to the Baltimore rivalry game and as a whole did well. I think he was confused at times with a few of the blitzes, but I think it was good for him to see them and he will learn from the film. He is very conscience and very athletic. He will be better because of this game. He also had one holding call on him Sunday as well.

Max Starks – Starks still looked a little bothered by his ankle, but was much more mobile than he was against Tampa Bay. All in all I thought Max played very well on Sunday. This bye week should do him a world of good. He is good at riding ends around the outside of the pocket.

Chris Kemoeatu – Kemo scored very well once again and is very physical. His false start deep in the Steelers end with 2:35 left in the game really hurt and almost made you forget how well he played. He always shows up ready to play on Sunday\’s. When he scores bad on passing situations, it usually is because he allows himself to be pushed back into the quarterback.

Ramon Foster – Hard to grade a guy that comes in for two goal-line runs, but the Steelers scored so he did his job. Foster is the Steelers 2010 swing guy and can pretty much play everywhere on the line in a pinch if needed.

Play 1 POS 1st-10, PIT30 14:55 R. Mendenhall rushed to the right for 2 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Drives right down line
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Drives right down line
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Drives Gregg right
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Drives right by design
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Explodes right
Play 2 POS 2nd-8, PIT32 14:11 R. Mendenhall rushed to the right for 3 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Turns end out
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Gets off and to left
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Drives NT off ball
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Gets off ball and pushes ahead
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Turned Ngata
Play 3 POS 3rd-5, PIT35 13:27 C. Batch sacked by H. Ngata Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Allowed initial pressure but recovered
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Helped Pouncey
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Good enough time allowed
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Helped Flozell
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Good job outside protecting
Play 4 POS 1st-10, PIT36 6:16 C. Batch passed to R. Mendenhall down the middle for 4 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Good job on end
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu No Close to letting too much push
53 C Maurkice Pouncey No Pushed back into Batch
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes No one off snap tried to help Pouncey
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Good job on edge
Play 5 POS 2nd-6, PIT40 5:42 R. Mendenhall rushed up the middle for 6 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks No Lumbers right blocks no one
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Good push driving north
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Good job on NT
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Got a body on LB Lewis
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Nicely done on Suggs
Play 6 POS 1st-10, BAL42 4:58 C. Batch passed to H. Ward to the right for 5 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Quick WR screen pass
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Quick WR screen pass headed right
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Adequate
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Nice cut on LB Lewis
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Cut block just enough
Play 7 POS 2nd-5, BAL37 4:18 R. Mendenhall rushed to the left for 2 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks No Missed LB Lewis
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Did job inside
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Locked up man
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Pulled left and flattened LB
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Good enough not great
Play 8 POS 3rd-3, BAL35 3:40 C. Batch passed to A. Randle El to the left for 34 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Allowed a little pressure
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Stood ground
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Helped right off snap
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Helped Flozell
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Got help
Play 9 POS 1st-1, BAL1 2:54 R. Mendenhall rushed to the left for no gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Pushed man back
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu No No push
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Locked up
72 RG Ramon Foster Yes Drove north
71 RT Flozell Adams No Missed dive
Play 10 POS 2nd-1, BAL1 2:08 R. Mendenhall rushed to the left for 1 yard touchdown Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Turned man out
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes 2nd level
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Just enough for TD
72 RG Ramon Foster Yes Good enough
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Locked up
Play 11 POS 1st-10, PIT20 13:33 R. Mendenhall rushed to the right for no gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Good enough on end
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu No Late on pull right
53 C Maurkice Pouncey No Pushed back at point
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Locked man up
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Turned inside
Play 12 POS 2nd-15, PIT15 12:24 C. Batch passed to M. Wallace down the middle for 20 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Rode end wide
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Threw man left
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Nort much pressure
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Helped Pouncey & Flozell
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Got RB chip help
Play 13 POS 1st-10, PIT35 11:38 R. Mendenhall rushed to the left for 10 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Tied up end
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Nice drive left
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Drive left big hole
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Got to a LB
71 RT Flozell Adams No Missed man could of blown up
Play 14 POS 1st-10, PIT45 10:59 R. Mendenhall rushed up the middle for 2 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Turned end out of play
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Got to LB nicely
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Drove NT Gregg down right
64 RG Doug Legursky No Not good job on Ngata
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes To 2nd level just enough
Play 15 POS 2nd-8, PIT47 10:21 C. Batch incomplete pass to the left Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Got help from Kemo
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Helped Starks
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Passed man off right held middle
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Good job in middle
71 RT Flozell Adams No Poor job allowed pressure QB hit
Play 16 POS 3rd-8, PIT47 10:15 C. Batch incomplete pass to the right Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks No Missed obvious DB blitzer
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Good enough
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Got late blitzer
64 RG Doug Legursky No Run over for pressure
71 RT Flozell Adams No Got nobody
Play 17 POS 1st-10, PIT12 8:02 R. Mendenhall rushed to the right for 3 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks No Not good effort
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Lazy on LB barely passed
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Drive right just enough
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Good enough
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Lazy but enough
Play 18 POS 2nd-14, PIT8 7:01 R. Mendenhall rushed to the left for 4 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks No Blown up by Suggs
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Good job out on LB
53 C Maurkice Pouncey No Ngata got around him in space
64 RG Doug Legursky No Missed Lewis
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Good job on end
Play 19 POS 3rd-10, PIT12 6:02 C. Batch rushed up the middle for 4 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Rode end wide around pocket
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Not his best but worked hard
53 C Maurkice Pouncey No Allowed big push/pressure
64 RG Doug Legursky No Allowed big push/pressure
71 RT Flozell Adams No Should of got end tackled Batch
Play 20 POS 1st-10, BAL27 11:57 M. Wallace rushed to the left for 1 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Swung DE inside
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Good job pushing riight
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Dances with LB Lewis
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Did job on DT
71 RT Flozell Adams No Poor effort missed cut
Play 21 POS 2nd-9, BAL26 11:16 R. Mendenhall rushed to the left for 2 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Took end away from play
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Right then straight ahed
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Drive out & left
64 RG Doug Legursky No DT made play
71 RT Flozell Adams No Not good on backside
Play 22 POS 3rd-7, BAL24 10:33 C. Batch sacked by T. Suggs Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks No Beaten on end
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Did his job
53 C Maurkice Pouncey No Poor job on blitz
64 RG Doug Legursky No Drove back on stunt
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Held his end down
Play 23 POS 1st-10, PIT14 8:06 R. Mendenhall rushed to the left for 2 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Put Suggs on ground
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Nice job on DT
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes 2nd level block
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Just enough on Gregg
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Put man on ground
Play 24 POS 2nd-8, PIT16 7:28 C. Batch passed to R. Mendenhall to the right for 5 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Had TE help
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Helped in center
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Good job in middle
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Held id own nicely
71 RT Flozell Adams No Allowed pressure
Play 25 POS 3rd-3, PIT21 6:43 C. Batch passed to M. Wallace down the middle for 4 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Fought on blitz
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Great punch
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Stood ground
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Good job on DT
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Helped Legurski
Play 26 POS 1st-10, PIT25 5:58 C. Batch passed to H. Ward to the left for 9 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Not contested
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Not contested
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Just enough
64 RG Doug Legursky No Pushed back into Batch with arm in neck
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Good job on end
Play 27 POS 2nd-1, PIT34 5:06 R. Mendenhall rushed to the right for 2 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Not really contested
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Threw DT left
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Got to LB
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Got push on DT
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Enough for 1st down
Play 28 POS 1st-20, PIT26 4:12 C. Batch passed to A. Brown to the left for 6 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Knocked man inside
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu No Missed screen block
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Got out in space on WR screen
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Got out in 2nd level on LB
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Found dancing partner
Play 29 POS 2nd-9, PIT37 3:36 C. Batch incomplete pass to the right Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Stood man up
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu No Allowed blitzing LB pressure
53 C Maurkice Pouncey No Allowed blitzing LB pressure
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Pulled out got corner left
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Enough protection
Play 30 POS 3rd-9, PIT37 3:29 C. Batch incomplete pass to the left Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Barely enough late pressure allowed
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Not contested helped Max late
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Helped Legursky
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Got help
71 RT Flozell Adams No Should of helped outside
Play 31 POS 1st-10, BAL33 2:01 C. Batch incomplete pass to the left Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Rode end around pocket
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Helped in middle
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Great pass blocking
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Nicely done
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Stood man up
Play 32 POS 2nd-10, BAL33 1:54 R. Mendenhall rushed to the left for 1 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Pushed left
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Good push left side
53 C Maurkice Pouncey No Block not held long enough
64 RG Doug Legursky No Lewis fought him off
71 RT Flozell Adams No Poor effort lazy
Play 33 POS 3rd-4, BAL27 0:45 C. Batch incomplete pass to the right Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes End dropped back
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Good enough no pressure
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Good job moving left
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes No pressure allowed
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes On LB Lewis
Play 34 POS 1st-10, PIT7 14:06 R. Mendenhall rushed to the right for 11 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Turned Suggs outside
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Great job
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Fired off to 2nd level nicely
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Locked up man
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Turned DE inside for big run
Play 35 POS 1st-10, PIT18 13:39 R. Mendenhall rushed to the right for 3 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Enough away from run
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Good job away from run
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Straight off to a LB
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Good job away from run
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Turned man inside
Play 36 POS 2nd-7, PIT21 13:01 C. Batch passed to H. Miller down the middle for 19 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Plenty of time allowed
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Not contested was looking though
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Looked for someone head on swivel
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Rough start recovered though
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Rode end way outside
Play 37 POS 1st-10, PIT40 12:19 R. Mendenhall rushed to the right for 3 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Handled Suggs away from run
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes No problems with DT
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Got off to LB again
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Tied Gregg up
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Got better push
Play 38 POS 2nd-7, PIT43 11:39 R. Mendenhall rushed to the left for 3 yard loss Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Got to 2nd level with Pouncey
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Did his job
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Got to LB
64 RG Doug Legursky No Missed Ngata
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Threw man past play
Play 39 POS 3rd-5, PIT45 10:52 C. Batch passed to H. Miller to the left for 13 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Great job on end
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Helped with blitzer
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Helped on stunt
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Helped Flozell but allowed
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Just enough barely with help
Play 40 POS 1st-10, BAL42 10:13 C. Batch incomplete pass to the right Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Plenty of time on pass block
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Helped in middle
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Good enough time allowed
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Great right side support
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Helped TE on end
Play 41 POS 2nd-10, BAL42 10:06 C. Batch incomplete pass to the left Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Not contested by Ngata
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes No one for him
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Helped right
64 RG Doug Legursky No Allowed man to tip pass
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Did his job on end
Play 42 POS 3rd-10, BAL42 10:01 C. Batch passed to A. Randle El down the middle for 16 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Roped Suggs by neck
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Helped with Ngata
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Great job on Ngata in middle
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Held block just long enough
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes No problems with end again
Play 43 POS 1st-10, BAL26 9:19 R. Mendenhall rushed to the right for 9 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes No problems away from run
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Got hands on two
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Tied up Gregg fine
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Locked up nicely
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Turned inside
Play 44 POS 2nd-1, BAL17 8:50 R. Mendenhall rushed to the right for 4 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Not much needed
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Physical
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Good initial push
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Turned DT inside long enough
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Good enough getting man turned
Play 45 POS 1st-10, BAL13 8:08 C. Batch passed to I. Redman to the left for 6 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Held of Suggs long enough
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Allowed early pressure got pancake
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Helped Legursky
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Got help inside
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Not really contested
Play 46 POS 2nd-4, BAL7 7:14 R. Mendenhall rushed to the right for 7 yard touchdown Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Play on other side
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Tripped up LB
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes No problems
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Tied up DT long enough
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Good push forward
Play 47 POS 1st-10, PIT2 2:40 R. Mendenhall rushed to the right for 2 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Nicely done on edge
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Great push forward
53 C Maurkice Pouncey No Tripped up off snap
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Possitive yardage block
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Finished on top of Suggs
Play 48 POS 2nd-10, PIT3 2:35 R. Mendenhall rushed up the middle for 3 yard gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Locks up Suggs
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Good job blocking down line right
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Good job on NT
64 RG Doug Legursky No Blown off snap
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Locked up Ngata just long enough
Play 49 POS 3rd-10, PIT3 2:00 R. Mendenhall rushed to the left for no gain Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Got two blocks
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Turned inside
53 C Maurkice Pouncey No Not his best on counter play
64 RG Doug Legursky No Late pulling to left to Suggs
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Did his job good enough
Play 50 POS 1st-10, PIT15 0:18 R. Lewis intercepted C. Batch for 2 yards Good Job? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Allowed no pressure
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Allowed no pressure
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Fought Ngata in middle
64 RG Doug Legursky Yes Helped Pouncey
71 RT Flozell Adams No Suggs beat him inside for pressure

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  • VaDave

    I love these Breakdowns. What puzzels me, is that for the most part, the oline tends to be doing their assigments. If that is indeed the case, you do you explain all of the runs for 3 yards or less? Could it be you need to be a little more critical with your grading, or is it possible the just maybe there is a problem with Arians’ system and not the Oline???

    Like I often say, you can be the world’s greatest violinist, but if you’re playing a bad piece of music, it’s still going to sound like crap no matter how well you play it.

  • Dave Bryan

    You could say if a play does not go for a TD that everyone failed. When a defensive player reaches in and knocks a ball out of the hands of Mike Wallace, is it a bad play call. It seems that is the way Steeler Nation thinks with Bruce Arians. I am very critical with grading, moreso than I ever have been. as fans we forget there is a team on the other side of the ball paid to do a job. In essence I should probable grade every running play that does not break a RB loose in the secondary as a fail. I think you would agree that is far fetched. I think if you would go back and re-watch the games, you will see what I see. I can only present the facts to the Arians haters. They ignore poor execution of plays. The game against the Titans is a perfect example of this. Hope that helps answer you.

  • VaDave

    Dave,

    But your grades do not indicate poor execution.. Either there is a hole, or crease created or not. Not a lot of room for gray here.

    The bottom line as a unit, running plays need to average 4+ yards. Most of what I see is we are running plays to where there are more defenders than blockers. There was one play yesterday where we had 7 players after the snap in a 5 yard cube, and this is supposed to be a spread offense? As for Arians, his approach to running the ball is the only gripe I have with him as an OC. I don’t even mind the play calling.

    BTW, on a different subject, where were our receivers yesterday? We were working against a secondary minus Reed, and their starting corners.

  • Dave Bryan

    There are 11 players on each side of the ball and was again you are not taking into account that the other team has a job to do as well. On top of everything it is pass or fail on what we assume the job on each play is. And sure the grades reflect poor execution. You are wanting them to be 4 yards are fail, that is totally unrealistic. As far as receivers, I have noted post game that Wallace is not as effective in short spaces. Ward really had an off day too. Wallace did have one dropped in the bucket and Webb made a great play. I think the Ravens secondary was a bit underrated going into the game.

  • Iron City Steve

    I think VaDave is being totally unrealistic. Of course we fans want 4 yards every carry, but that only happens in a perfect world. I want to see the players working and doing his job individually like turning a defender out of the hole or getting to a linebacker for his block. If we gave each lineman a fail for every time less than 4 yards was gained, it would be even harder to differentiate good and bad play. I for one like how these are done and hope they continue the same way as they are easy to follow along when I am able to record the game and play it back. Do not change a thing with these.

    Steve

  • VaDave

    I’m not sure I understand where 4 yards per rush became an unrealistic expectation. That’s been a standard for decades. As for the game yesterday, I totally agree the Ravens showed up to play. We also were supposed to show up and play as well if I remember correctly .

    Look, 23 carrys for 79 yards is not cutting it anyway you slice it. When the lowest rated average lineman is hitting on 74% of his assignments, there can only be one logical explanation for failure, and that is either the design of the play vs the the design of the deffense, or it’s the wrong call against the wrong defense, both of which fall under the auspices of the offensive coordinator.

    The only other posible explanation is that you have a lousy running back, and good luck make that case.

    By the way, so you don’t think I’m a total nag, I love your site, and especially like your break downs and commentary, eventhough we may disagree on this point.. Also , for the record, I am NOT an Arians basher. For crying out loud, I think he’s won more games in his first four years as and OC than any one we’ve ever had..

  • r4kolb

    Wow…you got way to much time on your hands….but thanx

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