Grading the ‘Boys: Mackenzy Bernadeau
Continuing my “Grading the ‘Boys” series at Dallas News, I took a look at guard Mackenzy Berndeau.
One of the unique things I do each season is track the blockers who were at the point-of-attack on each run. There are typically three players at the point—the area where the play is designed to hit—although that’s not always the case. The Cowboys rarely pull their offensive linemen, so the players at the point are usually (but not always) the linemen who started the play in that spot. If the ‘Boys run a lead dive in the “2” hole, for example, the center, right guard, and fullback would all be listed at the point.
By tracking the blockers who are at the point on each play, we can get a pretty good sense of who is clearing running lanes for the backs. A lineman might get lucky or unlucky on a play or even a series, but those fluctuations tend to even out fairly well over the course of a season.
In 2012, I labeled Bernadeau as being at the point on 151 rushing plays. The Cowboys gained 480 total yards on those plays, or 3.18 yards-per-carry. Rushing efficiency behind interior linemen is typically worse than for offensive tackles, but 3.18 YPC is unacceptable for any player.
See Bernadeau’s grade at DMN.