This season, Colts Authority is launching a game charting project involving staff members and volunteer readers in an attempt to gather as much data as we possibly can to continue to pass as much accurate, valuable information on to you, the reader. This is the first part of this project, in which Colts Authority reader and guest contributor Ben Gundy will be charting the Colts' offensive linemen every week. We will have more charting projects rolling out in coming weeks, but big thanks to Ben for getting us started out with a fantastic piece of work. - KJR
Hello, Colts fans, and welcome to the first installment of a series breaking down Indianapolis’ offensive line play.
For the purposes of this project, I rated each lineman’s block on every play good, bad or “not involved.” The latter designation usually means the player couldn’t find anyone to block.
As with all attempts at grading offensive linemen, these ratings should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s impossible to know the linemen’s assignments, and inevitably some subjectivity comes into play. As such, the figures below should be considered ballpark estimates and not precise measurements. Still, it’s usually fairly easy to tell whether a lineman succeeds in blocking the guy in front of him.
Editor's note: Based on my review of this data set, and some of Ben's previous work, he's got a pretty good eye for this. You're in good hands. - KJRno comments