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@RWIN  Yes, thanks much for the kind words. I intend to take a close look at Louis soon.

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@DougEngland  I mentioned these briefly in my season in review piece, though they didn't make it into the tables. The '/' block totals (like I said above, these were sometimes a result of an inactive linemen and sometimes a result of the scheme) were Satele 67, Castonzo 46, McGlynn 41, Cherilus 40, Thornton 38, Linkenbach 15, Nixon 12, Thomas 6, Reitz 1. Kyle, maybe you can add those to the lovely graphics?

3 weeks ago on

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@paulcareyjr 1. No. Those were '/' plays, which weren't counted toward the totals. Those are sometimes the lineman's fault (for not being active enough) and sometimes a result of the scheme, but Satele had more of them than anyone else by far.


2. This is where stuff gets subjective and why I tried to supplement my raw numbers with visual evidence as much as possible. I don't have a set time the lineman has to hold his block, but basically, if he holds it long enough that the play can go through as designed, I give him a +. If the lineman's man makes a tackle or clogs a lane on a running play, or if his man pressures the quarterback or has to be picked up by a running back on a passing play, he gets a -. There's tons of gray area, but I try to be as consistent as possible.


3. I definitely know what you mean; one of the biggest problems with my system is that it values a backside seal block the same as a playside clearout block. But crediting specific linemen for running plays gets extremely subjective very quickly. Like Kyle said, PFF tracks this data to some extent. I may end up revamping my system somewhat for next season, but for now it gives a good ballpark idea of how effective the linemen were.

3 weeks ago on

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@Bobman  Thank you, sir. I'm using "dreg" in the sense of "the last remaining part," rather than "the most undesirable part." I don't mean it in a negative way, I just thought "dregs of the roster" had a nice ring to it.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Dregs of the Roster: Montori Hughes Film Review

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@bradicus18  I also wonder what this says about Holmes, though it might be very little, since both Costa and Holmes can also play guard. Looks to me like a depth/competition signing more than anything.


And thanks to you and smonroe for the kind words.


By the way, for you sticklers out there, the linebacker in that last play looped through the A gap, not the B gap. Like Costa, I have my occasional slip-ups.

1 month, 1 week ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing Phil Costa

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