PFF gave Holmes a positive rating for the Rams game. I was beside myself, but I have come to accept PFFs ratings as pretty reliable, so I'm toning down my Holmes hate at this point. On the other side, Baker has been stinking up the joint... I believe the only one of our linemen to have a decent run rating was Reynolds.
The more tape I've watched over the past year and a half, the less stock I have put in PFF's grading system.
I say f*** that. THey gave Baker a -7.8 grade for the Rams game in pass protection, which I'm sure is about as low a grade as they've ever given. I can't recall too many times when I saw a guy get a grade below -4 or -5 as a pass protector from them. But gave Holmes a -0.3, which basically translates to his performance being slightly below average?
f*** that. That's BS. I reviewed the game
, and I think Holmes played no better than Baker did. Baker at least had the excuse that he was hurt, and most of his troubles came on the first series or two vs. Quinn, after that he was relatively decent. Holmes struggles seemed a bit more spread out (although the majority came in the 2nd quarter).
And I have no idea how Holmes got a higher run-blocking grade (+1.6) than Reynolds (+1.1). They were clearly watching a different game than myself, because you can see in the grade they gave Chris Long (-0.4) that they didn't see him as effective, when I saw him as very effective.
Here's the blocking notes, with the quarter and time on the clock when they occurred from my notes (QBH stands for QB hit):
1st qtr-15:00 ... Blalock (vs. Brockers), Holmes (vs. Long)
1st-12:46...Toilolo (vs. Hayes)
1st-12:10...Gonzalez (vs. Jenkins)
1st-10:47...Baker (vs. Quinn)
2nd-1:19...Konz (vs. Sims)
3rd-13:41...Holmes (vs. Long)
3rd-8:40...Gonzalez (vs. Quinn)
1st-4:26...Baker (vs. Quinn, QBH, 3rd down)
2nd-0:18...Baker (vs. Quinn, QBH), Reynolds (vs. Langford)
3rd-12:16...Holmes (vs. Long, 3rd down)
3rd-7:24...Snelling (vs. Brockers, QBH on a stunt, 3rd down)
3rd-0:13...Holmes (vs. Long, QBH)
3rd-0:07...Baker (vs. Quinn, 3rd down)
3rd-12:16...Baker (vs. Quinn, 3rd down)
3rd-3:59...Blalock (vs. Sims, 3rd down)
1st-13:55 ... Baker (vs. Quinn, bull rush)
1st-9:22...Baker (vs. Quinn, QBH); Reynolds (vs. Conrath); Holmes (vs. Long)
1st-1:58...Baker (vs. Quinn, QBH)
2nd-6:29...Holmes (vs. Long)
2nd-1:26...Holmes (vs. Long, bull rush)
2nd-0:57...Holmes (vs. Long)
4th-11:57...Konz (vs. Brockers)
4th-8:31...Baker (vs. Quinn) - Ryan scrambled, hit by Sims
Baker gave up a ton of hits, but that has less to do with Baker's blocking than it has to do with Robert Quinn's ability to finish. Thus why I don't see why Baker's 3 hurries are significantly worse than Holmes' 3 hurries.
If they thought Baker had a worse game than Holmes, that's fine. But to me to have Baker at the lowest end of the spectrum, and have Holmes labeled with an "average" performance. The gap between the two should not be that significant.