Prisoner: Where am I?
#2: In the Village.
Prisoner: What do you want?
Prisoner: Who's side are you on?
#2: That would be telling....
We want information...information...information!
Prisoner: You won't get it!
#2: By hook or by crook, we will.
Prisoner: Who are you?
#2: The new Number Two.
Prisoner: Who is Number One?
#2: You are Number Six.
Prisoner: I am not a number, I am a free man!
#2: Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
Where am I? How did I get Here? I'm stuck in some surreal mind bending reality. My playoff bound Falcons have only managed 2 wins. In 7 games no less. And I keep dreaming I'm running down the beach being chased by a giant white ball that is trying to swallow me.......
I need information.
But I won't get it exclusively from advanced football analytics. While they can be a useful tool, they are only as good as the data you put in. And I urge users of them to look and sometimes question the data that is included or not included in them.
Case in point. Our offensive line. I contend that Holmes particularly, and probably the rest of our O-line, is worse than the PFF grades.
You ask why?
In regard to exactly how bad Holmes has been playing , two weeks ago I speculated that PFF didn’t take into account chip blocks when tracking offensive tackles. Earlier this season Holmes had an assistant blocker about 50% of the time. Backs and tight ends were chipping and sometimes staying there to help him block his position on the line. But our other 2 tackles? Sometimes Trueblood gets help. But Baker virtually never gets help. Well I Emailed and asked PFF this very question.
And Neil confirmed my assertion that they did not subtract credit for chip blocks.
All the times Snelling flattened the DE Holmes was supposed to block. All the times Tony or Quiz stood up the DE for Holmes to finish him off. That all erroneously shows up as successful blocking by Holmes
After the Miami game everybody was commenting here about how much better our our offensive line blocked. I said it looked to me like we didn’t block better but we had a completely different game plan. Ryan got rid of the ball faster than I ever remember. And I said that our coaches did this by design to compensate for our lousy offensive line and Miami's strong front 7. GrimeTime is the only other member at that time that noticed the significance of what I was saying. The Falcons have been trying to do this ever since.
So. Matt Ryan now throws almost all his passes within 1.5 to 2.5 seconds. And it takes the heat off our offensive line because they don’t have to hold blocks as long. But on a team like the Patriots where Tom Brady regularly gets 4 or more seconds to throw the ball they have linemen that really know how to block. The result is our linemen grade much better than they actually are.
Because if our Fab Five regularly had to block for 4 or more seconds you’d get - well what you saw against the Cardinals - or something worse - like Matty getting hurt.
Well that's how I see it anyway.
"be seeing you."