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One-on-ones to this point

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  August 11, 2011 12:06 AM

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Since there’s a little break here, figured it would be a good time to tabulate the one-on-one drills between the offensive and defensive lines.

A couple of important notes about this.

For one, one-on-ones are merely one drill during which coaches evaluate pass blockers and pass rushers. The Patriots also do many “game” periods where two defensive linemen run stunts at three offensive linemen. Those are almost impossible to tabulate. Of course, everything falls way behind play in actual 11-on-11 periods. That’s what really counts. This is just merely a very blunt tool to get a sense of how players are doing.

Secondly, I do not profess to be some sort of expert on the winners and losers in these drills. Just a guy who likes football and is trying to quantify what I'm watching. I try to stay conservative and only judge true wins and losses, and I try to stay consistent. It’s of no consequence to me if a player is a starter or not. Whatever number wins, I mark it down.

Lastly, no one should make any indictments on any players. It’s just one tool to judge a player’s performance, and it’s one of the few drills in which you can actually quantify who is doing well, or who perhaps is struggling a little. This also doesn’t take into account which players may be working on certain techniques in a session, which might cause them to lose but will make them better in the long run.

The numbers you see below are as follows: W for wins; L for loss; D for draw; Att is total number attempts, and then you have the percentages.

For the defense, I calculated win percentage. Getting to the QB is the ultimate goal. Having a draw is almost as good as a loss when you’re rushing the passer, but at least you’re not getting beat.

For the offense, I calculated loss percentage. For them, a tie is fine although you are allowing a little penetration. You just don’t want a loss, which means the quarterback is taking a pounding.

On the bottom of each chart shows the dominating wins and losses for each unit.

So, with all that said, here are the numbers:

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A couple of observations:

- Wilfork is undefeated, and has just about been unblockable. Even in most of his draws it feels like he's just letting up to make the other guy feel good.
- Anderson has been very active in his short stint with the Patriots. Will be interested to see if that translates to the games.
- Pryor and Love have been very impressive to this point. Hope the addition of so many veterans doesn't stunt their growth.
- Weston got off to a very hot start in camp but has slowed down.
- Cunningham hasn't really shown much. Neither his speed nor his strength is fooling anyone. He should attach himself to Carter and Shaun Ellis to learn the finer points of pass rushing, like the all-important handwork.
- On Aug. 4, which was the final day he was at left tackle, Vollmer struggled to a 1-4-0 day. He's a combined 9-1-6 the other days. Vollmer has been very good and dominating, especially on the right side where he is obviously more comfortable.
- Ohrnberger is a perfect example as to why I keep running numbers. He's been very subpar on a few days, but overall he's been OK. And four of his six victories have been dominating. He's very strong when his feet decide to move with him.
- Morris was pushing Ohrnberger for second-team center before he got hurt. Just a real pro.
- Since going 2-0-0 on the first day, Austin is 2-8-5.
- Solder has struggled in one-on-ones. The good news is he and Mankins have done very well together in the "game" period, and Solder appears to hold his own in team drills, which is what counts.

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