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@Summer of George I think the contract situation is a direct reflection of guys playing through injuries. Outside of the signing bonus, every player is essentially on a "one-year" deal...as none of the future years are guaranteed like we see in MLB or the NBA.
Another reason why concussions are such a major issue at the NFL level. Guys don't report them or come back to soon. Because if you aren't on the field, then someone else has an opportunity to win your job.
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@yooperbill Tears? Who is talking about tears?
I said in the piece "no excuses." That's the truth. And it doesn't matter if you play in the NFL, teach, coach, work in sales, etc.... When you get fired it still stings regardless of your profession.
@StevenDailey Still see the Stanford/Wisconsin based run game from the Niners with 2 TE personnel on the field in classic pro style formations/alignments.
And I do think you are correct in mentioning the O-Line. We can talk about the Pistol, Pro Set, Spread, even the Wishbone if we wanted to...but it all comes back to O-Line play. That offensive front for the 49ers is the key to this football team in my opinion.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on All-22: A closer look at 49ers' Pistol offense | National Football Post
@dan The Wildcat went out of style because it lacked a legitimate passing threat with RBs and WRs aligned at the QB position. Defenses figured out how to play the Jet Sweep and the Power schemes...Walk the safeties down to a depth of 7-8 yards and load the box.
That won't happen with the Pistol and you can run an entire pro offense from this alignment because of the QB position. It goes much deeper than just the Read Option.
Easy there guy....
It may sound basic, but the ability to read run/pass keys has been issue all season vs. RG3. Watch the tape. You will see safeties and LBs with their eyes in the backfield. That opens up easy throwing widows in both Cover 2 and Cover 4.
As for A.P., this isn't an exotic run game with the Vikings. But if you don't hold your gap or take the proper leverage on tackles it leads to explosive plays.
Often times, football isn't as complex as people want to believe. Its just not.
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@WesLee Good question...
Tunnel Screen=No.1 WR; Bubble Screen=No.2 or No.3 WR (Slot WR).
With the "Tunnel" the WR is coming back to the the QB. On the "Bubble" the slot WR is working away from the QB.
Hope that helps.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on This is how you execute the 'Tunnel Screen' | National Football Post
@Coach Jack I am almost positive we ran "Scorpion 77 Dime" at least 5 times, plus "Saw 0" another 7 times. Blitz city...
How about when Charlie Garner put a helmet under my chin at the end of the 2nd quarter? Good times....
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@John That's a great question....
The ROLB (Harrison) is coached to set the edge and "squeeze" the hole. No different than a SS in Cover 1, the "force" player on the D has to turn this play inside but also restrict the size of the hole. Attack the pulling guard and keep the outside arm free to play contain if Richardson tries to bounce this run.
The RILB (Timmons) should take an inside angle to meet the F/H in the hole. Track the F/H and come downhill. Force Richardson to cut back.
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@mketchen19 Depends on the personnel you have on defense...
If you can get home with a 4-Man rush (and limit the run game with a 7-Man front) then play Cover 2 and 2-Man vs. Pats.
I also like the idea of playing Cover 7: combination man. Use some "bracket' looks vs. Welker/TEs and try to take away the inside level concepts.
However, every defense has holes and can be beat with specific route concepts.
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@mrjoe7450 Poor angles and a lack of discipline from the Chargers secondary. Great effort and finish from Ray Rice, but I didn't see anything schematically to break down there.
@Jim Sure, but that's speculation we all can look at after the play. The reality here is that the Texans played the proper technique in 2-Man and Manning had a solid break on the ball. Real tight window to throw the seam with a single inside vertical concept.
7 months ago on All-22: Cutler's INT vs. Texans '2-Man' | National Football Post
@knownbyname I'm a little confused by your comment...
These 1-on-1 posts are done to highlight technique errors, footwork, hand placement, route scheme, etc, etc.
However, we also have to remember this is pro football. And if you get beat as a professional (as I was many times during my own career), hearing the critics is part of the job. You are paid to produce.
But instead of saying this guy is "terrible" or "he can't play" like we often read (or hear) at different media outlets, I show you why the player gave up a TD or why a QB threw a pick, provide coaching points and go into detail of the actual play.
I hope that helps to answer your question...
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@bsquared20 Depends on field position plus down and distance...
Inside of the 5-yard line, I would coach DBs to play with an inside shade and in 3rd and 2-6 situations.
However, out in the field I still think the outside shade with FS help is the right call. Use you help and force the WR/TE to run to the FS on any inside breaking route (Seam, Post, Dig), will using your leverage to win vs. the out and 7.
@hatteras Sorry, boss. This is what I'm seeing on the tape--and Cover 2 is showing up a lot inside of the red zone for multiple teams.
As for being "out of the league," tell me something I don't know. You have to come with something better than that....
If you want to breakdown some tape, get up on the chalkboard or give us some insight into the league, we will take a look at it.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Chalk talk video: Gronkowski vs. Rams' Cover 2 | National Football Post
I agree that the Mike shouldn't jump the crosser--because this is where the Texans want the ball to go. Give Rodgers the crosser, drive downhill and make the tackle.
The Mike needs to gain more depth and drop to the "Middle-Hook" in Cover 4 with the Nickel playing the "Curl-Flat" drop to the open side of the formation (4-deep, 3-under).
But look at the route scheme here. It is a classic Cover 4 beater. The Nickel has enough depth to cushion the inside break from Jones, but Manning is still going to drive the route. Regardless of the depth of the underneath defenders, once the SS comes downhill on Jones, that leaves Nelson in a true 1-on-1 situation after creating leverage back to the inside.
The Packers have the perfect route called vs. this defense.
8 months ago on Playbook: Rodgers, Nelson light up the Texans | National Football Post
If Tavon Wilson stays square (and plays with depth) he should be able to stay on top of this route through the double-move.
Then it becomes a situation where the QB has to make a decision...If Russell Wilson likes the down the field matchup, put it up and allow your WR to go make the play.
Even if a safety is on top of a route, he still has to finish and make a play on the ball if the QB challenges him vertically.
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Cover 1=outside leverage. 2-Man=inside leverage. The receiver will work away from the defender's leverage. And the FS isn't going to impact an underneath option route from the deep middle of the field.
8 months ago on Inside look at the Patriots' top route concept | National Football Post
@knownbyname I don't think speed is a factor here because the Pats want to work the middle of the field. This is more about matchups and yardage after the catch with this specific route combination. That's why the TE position is so crucial to what the Pats want to do offensively.
Here are the top Cover 2 Beaters:
1. 4 Verticals: get an outside release from No.1 WRs to widen the safeties, create 2-on-1 matchup vs. Mike Backer
2. Flat-7 (corner): Set the bait for the CB (Flat) and target the 7 route in the deep hole in front of the safety
3. Dagger: Seam/Dig (square-in) combo. No.2 will run the seam (clear out the safety) with No.1 coming underneath on the 15-yard Dig route.
In terms of the Bears, they play Nickel Cover 2 vs. 3 or more WRs--regardless of the formation. A very basic scheme under Lovie Smith. Drop to a landmark, take away vertical concepts and force the ball underneath.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Film Session: Bears' Cover 2 vs. Bradford, Rams | National Football Post
@aok Bradford could have dumped to the TE in the flat, but it wouldn't have been as big of a gain as you think....
When the CB sinks in Cover 2, he is reading the QB. Bradford was locked on No.1. If he would have targeted the TE, Jennings would have dropped the 9 route to the safety and come downhill on the TE along with the Nickel back playing the "seam-hook."
Completion and positive gain, but not a big play. This is where the Bears want the ball to go in Cover 2. Take away the vertical routes and force the QB to dump the ball to the flat.