Originally posted by NCommand:
Guys, I took the chance to watch NFL Replay today to gauge our AR passing game in the first half; not sure if they aired every single pass but this was a great sample, nonetheless.
PS = Pro Style route tree. See previous pages for definition of AR1 or AR2 passing plays and Ad lib (is self-explanatory)
[Type of Passing Play = PS, AR1, AR2 or Ad lib] --- [Time in Seconds] ----------------------------------------------------- [Description] -------- [Results]
· AR2 <2 VD sprints a Go-route, Boldin draws defender towards the LOS, picks the LB and CK hits Miller (sprinting out of the backfield) on the edge/flat where Boldin was. 7 yard gain.
· AR1 <3 Straight curl-left with Boldin, 9 yard gain.
AR1 @3 Straight sideline route to Crabtree (acrobatic catch). 15 yard gain
· AR1 >3 VD was the AR1 off the LOS towards the EZ, CK didn't pull the trigger, rolled left, threw it away. Miller only receiver on that side and had his back turned to CK blocking (held too).
· AR1 @3 CK in Q formation (i.e. shot gun), fakes handoff, immediately rolls right hitting Crabtree (solo receiver) on the sidelines for 12 yards but ruled incomplete. Boldin was within 15 yards, same line, in the middle of the field. To me, it was Crabtree all the way making this an AR1.
· PS @ 3 4 WR set (from bottom to top of screen) VD and Crabtree & Boldin and Manningham. CK in shotgun, scans right, then left, hits Manningham in triple coverage. Incomplete. He even had Gore running a route wide open right behind Manningham.
· PS @ 3 3 WR set (from bottom to top of screen) Manningham and VD, Boldin & Crabtree. CK in shotgun, scans right and comes back to Manningham and incomplete. VD may have been the better deeper route coming across the formation or Hunter who also flared out, wide open with only one LB within 7 yards of him…gone!
· AR2 <3 2 WR set (from bottom to top of screen) Boldin & VD. VD clears out deep and Boldin drops right in the space for a 20 yard completion. Note: We were flaring the RB's out much more with Gore, Hunter and Miller (as real receiving options). And they were WIDE open esp. when they delayed their routes behind the DL after the WR's and TE"s cleared everything out
· Ad lib @ 3. I want to highlight this one @ the 8:12 mark b/c it looked like an AR1 to VD. Sherman is on him and is literally, standing there on the LOS ready to rush CK leaving VD wide open. Instead of tossing a quick pass to VD in the flat over/past Sherman from shotgun, he steps up and avoids the sack and sails it to Crabtree down the other sideline incomplete (s/h/b P.I.). But an experience QB knows you throw where the blitzer came from esp. if he is already the AR1. This means he IS probably looking down at the DL or rushers at times vs. keeping composure and stepping into it. That's coaching too.
· AR1 · AR1 < 3 2 WR set to the right, quick pass to Boldin in line for 10.
· AR2 @ 3 3 WR set, 2 left, 1 right. AR1 to Miller for 6. Boldin and VD cleared deep, opposite direction while CK fakes right before hitting an open Miller in the vacated area to the left coming out from the Q formation. Nice design as Miller was looking for it all the way. Gore wide open again as the check down in the middle of the field.
· Ad lib > 3 2 WR set (1 left, 1 right). It looked liked an AR1 to Crabtree to the left all the way, CK didn't pull the trigger, scrambles to the right, lobs it up to Boldin over Sherman for 27 yards.
· AR1 @ 3 CK and OL roll right, tosses back to VD for 12 (been waiting for this one all year!).
· AR2 >3 1 WR left. Boldin sprints from out wide across the formation while CK rolls to his original side in tandem with both VD and Miller in the EZ (shorter, deeper). Both covered, CK throws it away (no other options).
· AR2 @ 2 4 WR set (3 right, 1 left). Pass (too low) underneath to Crabtree while both Boldin & VD are already blocking for him. Offensive P.I. called. I'm OK with the call but the ball was almost in Crabtree's hands and Boldin was blocking well under 5 yards off the LOS. Hmmm.
Summary: Almost all passes were @ or under 3 seconds (design), almost all were AR1 or AR2 calls with a couple successful ad lib plays run off those covered AR's mixed in with a couple PS's as well. CK ppears to have more control at the LOS to call which AR he wants. I liked many of the routes/designs and I especially liked how much we are flaring out the RB's as true receiving options now. These could be KILLER plays against any good defense with the added attention to VD, Manningham, Crabtree and Boldin out wide (usually to the sidelines and/or deeper routes). McDonald could make a living in this area as well even if he were to help in pass protection first and THEN flare out. CK showed some poor accuracy today, relies too much on Crabtree as the AR and also showed some mental lapses (INT and not pulling the trigger when the AR was open esp. on the blitz). Overall, it's still a predominant AR passing attack and it relies very heavily on the AR's winning their 1on1 battles (sometimes with a little help from their friends). Chemistry is clearly the key on the ad lib plays when the AR is covered or CK doesn't pull the trigger. I don't plan to do the second half as this was enough evidence for me.
Great work NCommand. I'm not sure they can pepper in PS with AR offense. It really is a different thought process. It's like passing training wheels.