Originally posted by paperplanemedia:
I don't know about you guys, but to me it doesn't seem like our offense sets up defenses for plays later in the game. For instance we were killing the Rams with the slants all day long. Where the hell was the pump fake to the slant and go (slugo)? We also run that sweep to the right with 2 full backs 2 te a lot. Why not run a counter in that same formation after running that play 2 - 3 times? I don't get it.
Excellent point. And here's another one for everyone here...
OT 4:20 (ironic isn't it?) mark, 3rd and 6 on the Rams 33. THIS play results in the long ass 51 yarder which, BTW: Akers missed by a yard right.
Formation (are you KIDDING ME?):
OL: Staley - A.Davis - Iupati - Goodwin - Boone (VD)
Wide left = Crabtree
Inside left = Walker
Right = Nobody (VD stayed into block)
Backfield = Gore & Miller
It's a DESIGNED roll left (for a right handed QB) on the most critical play of OT going for the win. Look at that OL. CK takes the snap and immediately starts rolling left. Naturally Staley is driven 7 yards backwards and releases his man into CK and Davis holds his guy for a second and then also releases. The ONLY two defenders on that side both break through and CK has to throw it away. Meanwhile Boone stoned his man and BOTH Gore and Miller block to the right (nobody really to block). Goodwin and the right interior hold off their men well.
Walker runs a lazy, straight-to-left curl route 17 yards down field. The ONLY real receiving option is Crabtree on the sideline who runs a lazy 4 yard stopper and somewhat rolls back away from the sideline. What's funny is that Crabtree throws his hands up at CK like, "WTF man?!" CK was under duress and launched it 10 yards over everyone like it was a pitch-back to Ginn earlier in the game.
This is such an epic fail on so many levels, I genuinely don't even know where to start!
- Alignment - WTF is A.Davis playing LEFT G for next to Iupati? And if this is a designed roll-out, why are BOTH backs blocking to the right side? Why are you asking your left-handed QB to throw left? Why are you asking Walker to streak and curl 17 yards down the field, in essence, eliminating ANY possible receiving option by him. If it's a designed roll left, why isn't Crabtree pushing for about 10 yards and coming back around the 6 yard marker for the 1st down? The irony in this is that the middle of the pocket was wide open to step up in for days...except, CK wouldn't have had any receiving options. Also, why would you line VD up on the right side to block when you need your best blockers on the left side for the left roll out? CK rolled right into the pressure (something I'm seeing more and more of)
- Situation Awareness - There was none. You only need to get 6 yards for the 1st down on a CB who's been playing 10 yards off all game long; even on the throw-away Jenkins wasn't within 2 full yards of Crabtree. You only need 3-5 yards to give Akers a better shot at the FG. Also, the incomplete pass stopped the clock. The Rams won with 2 seconds left. Isn't Akers hurt? You may want to give the guy a little easier kick fellas.
- Overall - THIS may have been the 2nd worst call of the game. I'm flabbergasted by how epically bad this play call was, to the odd alignment, to the lack of situational awareness and poor, lazy execution that lead to Akers miss right (by a yard).
[ Edited by NCommand on Dec 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM ]