Originally posted by dj43:
WOW! You and I saw a COMPLETELY different play.
I went back and looked at it as well as the TV replay. At the snap of the ball, Schaughnessy made a hard fake as if to rush the passer and THEN he dropped into coverage. It appeared that Smith read his fake line charge and took it to be man coverage so he looked off the safety then came back to Davis without checking to see that Schaunghnessy had dropped. The pass was on target for Davis had the defender not dropped.
All Smith's fault for not re-checking the coverage but it was an excellent play by the DE, both in his fake and getting quickly into a rather deep drop for a DE. Blame Smith for not making the correct read but also give the defense credit for setting it up well.
Thank you! Shaughnessy made a great fake and an excellent defensive play. Alex was fooled, but if you could characterize good and bad interceptions (obviously they're both turnovers) it would be a more excusable INT than staring down one receiver or throwing into double/triple coverage. I'm sure someone is going to pull the 'Alexcuses' card, but let's be honest, we're not looking for Alex to have a 158.3 QB rating every game, we're looking for W's. And he displayed winning QB play, and I'm sure we wouldn't try running 5 of 6 times within the 2 yard line in the regular season so he very well might have had a TD if this game was for real.
Overall, Alex played really good IMO and I'm excited to see him do it again against a very stout front 7 in Houston.