Originally posted by Oscar:
At 6:22 in the first quarter. A. Smith sacked at the HST 32 by T. Jamison and A. Smith
Okay, this is what I wrote in my play by play...
Staley and AD did a fair job of keeping the edge rushers away... Hunter was losing containment of his guy right up the middle on Alex, which caused Alex to go into flee-mode. Boone was doing his zone block... but in hindsight, was more ideal to take on the blitz LB instead of helping Goodwin. Hunter really blew his block quickly on Cushing... BUT... Smith really should have gotten the ball to the bottom WR (Mario on a curl route) or even better.. Crabtree over the middle on a slant. Alex actually had room to run where he was headed, but Boone didn't know what was happening behind him and didn't sustain the block that would have given Alex the lane he wanted to run through. I do see what Alex was admitting to the other day though. I think the Texans D had him playing a bit scared with the happy feet. Maybe it is the lack of the preseason impact? and not wanting to stand in and take more nasty hits for a meaningless game? That would be my guess.
Okay, I am glad to have taken another long look... I had it a bit wrong.
This play was more on Boone than I first believed... nothing terrible, but still. Boone blocked the correct defender (the LDE), but didn't disengage and pass off that LDE to Goodwin quickly enough in order to then get in a good position for the RDE stunting from out to in. In all fairness to Boone, he had to expect Alex to pass the ball by now and had no idea Alex was starting his run towards the right of his direction from behind, thanks to the Hunter vs blitz LB issue heavily favoring the LB. Now that said, the good news is Boone knew what to do.. who to block. He was just a little slow in transitioning from one block to the next.