Cleveland Browns: PFF didn’t penalize Chris Hubbard for Carl Nassib OT sack

Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Browns offensive line played well and Chris Hubbard DIDN’T allow an overtime sack to Carl Nassib. Uhh…

Pro Football Focus’ grades (subscription) are in and despite what’s being said about the offensive line, the Cleveland Browns blockers weren’t THAT terrible during the heartbreaking loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Baker Mayfield gets hit too much! It’s a narrative being driven home by some members of the Cleveland media.

Overall, Mayfield was sacked five times, although PFF, when analyzing through the lens of “Blocks and allowed pressures” says poor blocking was only the result of three quarterback takedowns. More on this later, specifically about Chris Hubbard.

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The analytics oriented website also said he was pressured a total of 10 times on 34 total drop backs.

Here’s how PFF graded the line:

Chris Hubbard, RT:  OK, here’s what I don’t understand. Hubbard’s former teammate, Carl Nassib absolutely strong armed the right tackle at the worst possible time to come up with the sack of Mayfield.

The entire line collapsed, and Nassib grabbed Mayfield as he tried to evade pressure.

But in the PFF game grades, Hubbard wasn’t responsible for allowing a sack. Rather, the grades show he allowed two pressures. No sack. What?

Talk about living in a world I don’t understand.

In the end, PFF gave Hubbard a 78.5 grade for pass blocking (good).

All the takedown did was take the Browns out of field goal range, therefore, costing Cleveland a chance to win the game. Not saying Greg Joseph would’ve actually made the kick, but it sure would’ve been nice to try.

Joel Bitonio, LG: The veteran left guard was darn near elite in the pass rushing game (89.4). He wasn’t as good blocking against the run (63.3), but that’s still slightly above average. He allowed zero pressures.

J.C. Tretter, C: Tretter, who was battling a high ankle sprain played and posted an 80.9 game grade in pass rushing. It’s not considered an elite effort, rather just a notch below.  He allowed just one pressure on Mayfield.

Kevin Zeitler, RG: One of the NFL’s highest paid guards was just as good as Tretter when blocking the pass, although he did allow a sack. With that said, the takedown of Mayfield was the only pressure Zeitler allowed in the contest. He posted an 80.9 pass blocking grade, which is considered great. He was also the Browns’ best blocker against the run, grading out at 68.3, which is considered good.

Desmond Harrison, LT: His stock is down, although PFF might disagree. He allowed three quarterback hurries and a sack, yet still graded out good in pass blocking (69.9) Harrison was the Browns’ worst run blocker (46.8).

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Harrison got absolutely bull-rushed by  Nassib in the first half, netting the former Brown his first sack of the day.