Originally posted by thl408:
Originally posted by NCommand:
Thanks! It's one of my favorite things to do as a fan...
Yeah, Nnamdi. There were a couple throws on him that were just unstoppable; he even got his arms/hands in there WITH his head back and they STILL made the play. But where he failed was on the quick outs when we were playing 10-15 yards off (not in press). Then he's got to run upfield and make an open-field tackle with no help and with the receiver running forward already; all he has to do is make a single move and he's free for 10+. I'd blame Nnamdi more if Cox and Reid weren't put in that same situation and fail. Personally, to me, this is on scheme and not playing to our strengths. It's on Fangio.
Nnamdi was in a bit of a conundrum yesterday. If he played tight press coverage, Rodgers went to the back shoulder throw. Then when Nnamdi played off, Rodgers would go with the quick hitter. Good news is not every QB and WR has the ability to hit those back shoulder throws. Rodgers even missed on a couple yesterday.
Only issue I have regarding his coverage (defensive play call) is on the TD pass where Nnamdi played too far off and allowed an uncontested TD. Wrong time to play that far off.
Excellent point by your three! I probably didn't clarify that 3rd downs and RZ plays are where I have the biggest issue with playing off.
There also seems to be a technique issue I see as well (highlighted in the Superbowl as well). If you are playing off on 1st and 2nd downs, no worries BUT you have got to keep the WR in front of you while maintaining an eye on the QB and the play in general. It seems our CB's are taught to play follow-the-leader and when the ball arrives and the body language of the WR demonstrates the ball has arrived, THEN they make a play on the ball. And b/c of that, the CB ends up trailing the WR and the WR has the advantage. Sometimes our CB's will be able to break it up but many times they won't. This also leads to more P.I. calls b/c our CB's aren't getting their heads turned around...at all. And the consequence is beyond the easy pitch-n-catch...it eliminates any good chance of knocking down a pass and esp. with making an INT. This, to me, was a big reason why our INT's went down significantly last year.
So to recap: if you play off on 1st and 2nd downs, keep the WR in front of you, your eyes in the backfield and play down hill (for a tackle, break on the ball, defended pass or even an INT/pick 6). On 3rd downs and the RZ, play to your strengths. Play press, physical and make them EARN a catch.
[ Edited by NCommand on Sep 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM ]