Originally posted by eonblue:
Brooks didn't do anything wrong. He's supposed to get low in his stance because he has to create enough leverage with his legs to really explode into that RT. Notice the RT get popped back into the pocket. You can't get that kind of push if you're too high in your stance. Brooks is #1 job here was to compress the pocket. Smith is doing the same thing. They're not trying to shed their blocker off the snap as much as they're trying to drive him back into the pocket, and prevent the QB from stepping up and out of the lane of the edge rush by Lemonier.
I bet that if the center was to slide over to the left to create a 3v2 situation with Smith/Lemonier that it would've triggered Bowmans rush. At that point the center is opening the A gap for Bowman and it would have to be RBs responsibility to block. Bowman versus a RB is a very favorable match up. Bowman is so great in this play because he's holding down that A gap, tracing the RB, and from the snap he's forced the center shade to his right and close down that right A gap. It prevented the protection from sliding over to Smith and Lemonier and let them know pre-snap they were going to be one on one with their man.
I feel good about Lemonier though. I think we're really going to see his value down the road.
Lol, I didn't reallize the breakdown was posted 2 weeks ago. I hope you post more defensive snaps thl. I love breaking that stuff down.
Good stuff man. Like I said, I don't have full confidence breaking down the play in the trenches so it's nice to have another analysis of the play, especially from someone who likes trench play. I thought Brooks being so tilted in his body position was not an ideal posture for generating power. That it's better to have his feet directly underneath his torso (hips) for pushing off. I do see the RT pop back into the pocket due to Brooks exploding into the RT. But after that initial pop, perhaps Brooks could have done a better job regaining his feet under his body to continue generating power(?). What do you mean by the bolded, "You can't get that kind of push if you're too high in your stance.
" Are you referring to height of shoulder pads relative to the OL's shoulder pads? Not trying to turn this into a discussion about Brooks, more about general pass rush technique.
Nice take on Bow's responsibilities on this play.