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Charting The Offensive Line Pass Protection Help Versus Texans


I received a few questions wondering about how much help the offensive line received this past Sunday in pass protection against the Houston Texans so I had Alan Gifford go through the 39 drop backs of Ben Roethlisberger to report what he saw and chart who stayed in on each play and who chipped before releasing.

The table below shows the play by play of each drop back and as you can see, 36 of the 39 drop backs had some sort of pass protection help. 27 times the Steelers either kept a running back or tight end in to block or had them chip a defensive player on their way out into a pass pattern. There were 12 plays that consisted of nobody staying in, but on 9 of those there was some sort of chipping taking place. Only 3 times did the Steelers go 5 wide with no help to the offensive line in pass protection. There were 5 drop backs that consisted of what you could call max protection with 7 players staying in to block.

Thanks to Alan for putting this research together.

Time DWN DIST COMP SACK SCR PEN INT QP TARGET YDS # KEPT IN PLAYERS KEPT IN CHIPPED COMMENTS
Quarter 1
3:10 1 10 Y           Wallace 22 1 Mendenhall 0  
2:41 1 10 Y         Y Sanders 10 4 Ward Johnson Miller Mendenhall 0 Quick pass
left
1:59 1 10             Johnson   0   2 Mendenhall &
Johnson chipped
1:55 2 10             Mendenhall   1 Johnson 1 Mendenhall
small chip
1:49 3 10   Y   IC         1 Moore Miller 1 Miller chiiped end Moore blitz p-up
0:54 2 10             Cotchery   0   0 5 wide
0:50 3 10   Y             1 Moore 0 4 wide Moore blitz p-up
Quarter 2
8:57 3 2 Y         Miller 1 1 Redman 0 3 TE\' all in
pattern Redman in
2:26 1 10 Y           Miller 7 1 Redman 0  
2:00 2 3             Brown   0   1 Miller
chipped & released
1:57 3 3 Y           Wallace 40 1 Redman 0 Redman
waited then released
1:48 1 10 Y           Wallace 6 1 Miller 0 Miller on
end
1:21 2 4 Y           Miller 7 0   2 Miller & Moore both chipped
1:02 1 10             Brown   1 Miller 0 Miller got
corner blitzer
0:58 2 10             Brown   0   1 Moore semi
helped Gilbert
0:53 3 10 Y           Wallace 9 1 Miller 0 Miller
helped Essex

Quarter 3
14:53 1 10 Y         Y Johnson 6 1 Mendenhall 0 Quick pass
13:35 1 10             Mendenhall   2 Miller
Mendenhall
0 Mendenhall whiffed
13:29 2 10   Y             0   1 Redman
waited then released
12:56 3 15 Y           Ward 19 1 Moore 1 Miller
chipped Moore blitz p-up
11:09 2 15 Y           Brown 9 0   0 5 wide
10:28 3 6 Y           Brown 7 2 Miller Saunders 0 Miller
Saunders h-backs
9:38 1 10 Y           Brown 23 2 Miller Mendenhall 0 Mendenhall
helped Miller
7:52 3 5     Y         8 1 Miller 0 Miller got
blitzer on edge

Quarter 4
11:16 2 2   Y             1 Johnson 1 Redman play
action released
10:49 3 9             Ward   0   1 Moore
chipped released
7:45 2 10 Y           Brown 16 1 Moore 0 Moore stayed
in
7:15 1 10             Brown   1 Moore 0 Moore blitz
p-up
7:09 2 10   Y             1 Moore 0 Moore blitz p-up
6:09 3 21   Y             0   1 Miller quick
chip release
3:33 1 10           Y Ward   0   0 5 wide quick
pass
3:31 2 10 Y       1 Johnson 0 Johnson beat bad
2:44 3 7           Sanders   0 2 Moore Miller small chips
2:38 4 7           Ward 2 Miller Saunders 0 Miller Saunders h-backs
1:02 1 10       RP Y   Ward   1 Redman
1 Miller chipped
0:51 1 10 Y           Brown 12 1 Redman 0  
0:42 1 10 Y           Redman 12 0 Redman 1 Redman
chipped released
0:19 1 10               1 Redman 0 Spike
0:19 2 10         Y       1 Redman 0

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NXON22FQSDCCSA2WHZIRTHQWTU Greig

    Good stuff. Thanks for putting that together. So much for the theory that Ben isn’t getting protection.

    Something to watch for next week: is the pressure coming because guys are getting beat, or because pass rushers aren’t being picked up? If it’s the latter, does that mean Ben is doing a poor job of reading the defense, and adjusting his protection to pick up the pass rush?

  • Thomas

    not the easiest chart to read hehe

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