So you had a bad day against Green Bay…how bad was it? How do you measure "bad" besides just going by the final score?
Garrett Downing at the Ravens' NFL.com site pulled out the individual grades given to each player by the Pro Football Focus people. The coaches use a grading system which is similar to PFF's.
Note: PFF grades each individual player on every snap using a value between 2.0 and -2.0, with increments of 0.5. The average of most plays is 0. Those scores are then added together for an overall score for each player. Every overall score that is positive is considered a favorable game, and any game over 1.0 is particularly strong. In order to get the grades for each position group, the total scores for every player are added together to come up with a total grade for the group.
In their assessment, Pro Football Focus grades the result of every play. The service says that “we firmly believe that we are more than 90 percent accurate in our grading of individual plays … We are grading what happened, and it is safe to assume that in the vast majority of cases the assignments carried out were the assignments called on that play.” The Ravens coaching staff could have different grades based on the plays calls and assignments.
Here's what Garrett Downing found on the Ravens report card after the Green Bay game had been reviewed:
Top Three Grades
Bottom Three Grades
Defensive Line (3.0)
The defensive front had a solid day in limiting the productivity of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and an explosive Packers offense. The top performers along the defensive front were Arthur Jones (2.6) and rookie
Outside linebackers (6.4)
Elvis Dumervil (5.8) was the star of the defense Sunday, accounting for two sacks, two additional quarterback hits and a quarterback hurry. He was a disruptive force in a game where he played his highest number of snaps (54) this season.
Inside Linebackers (2.8)
Inside linebackers Josh Bynes (1.9) and
The secondary had a tough day against Rodgers, one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. The safeties specifically struggled against the pass, as safety James Ihedigbo (-3.6) finished with the lowest overall grade on the team. Rookie safety
Offensive Line (-6.2)
The Ravens made a big change along the offensive line by putting left tackle
Running Backs/Fullback (-2.9)
The running game produced little Sunday, averaging just 2.1 yards per carry on their 22 attempts. In addition to problems along the offensive line, PFF put some of the blame on the backs themselves. Ray Rice (-2.5) had the lowest grade of any player on the offense and fullback
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends (-3.7)
Interesting grades for a lot of guys… I was surprised that Gino Gradkowski actually graded out the highest on the offensive line. The way talk show callers and hosts have been calling it lately, Gino is one of the main problems on the OL. Apparently PFF sees it a little differently. Good. As armchairs we need to have our stereotypes and scapegoat choices challenged from time to time. It makes for a smarter fan base and for more enjoyable viewing of the game.