Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:Here's why the off coverage helped:
JohnnyD, thanks for putting up this thread. I look forward to your breakdowns and I appreciate the time and insight you provide.
My take on the game was pretty frustrating again, and it appeared to me that it took literally a miracle to get the win last week.
We performed positively on offense in the 2nd half -- I really liked the all run drive. that was the first time I couldn't consistently guess what we were going to do this season.
But, just as we began producing, our defense could not stand up to the competition.
I am very interested in hearing your thoughts on our pass rush, because it seems like it disappeared during the game. Regardless of the analysis, the results were not there. Do you have suggestions for how we could have been more effective against the schemes showed by the Falcons?
Why do you say the miracle play was off coverage -- it looked like designed press coverage due to the all out blitz. Brock was on Douglas right away which made possible the jimmy jammy defending action that made the ball available to Bowman for our xmas miracle.
This is the second game in a row where the other teams qb has had their way with us for a significant stretch of the game. I'm a little concerned about this because 4 games ago I foresaw our defense as being able to close out other teams in the playoffs and that has not happened the last two weeks.
Do you feel that there are any actions we can take -- such altered personnel rotation, or moving away from our reliance on 4 man rush -- that would reduce the incidence of this occurring in the playoffs? Also, do you think we can be adjusting to the other teams in-game strategies faster, more rapidly? Sometimes I think we go dormant because we are not incorporating what we see as quickly as our competitors.
As most of us know, we ran an all out blitz. Really, it's cover 0 with no safety in the middle of the field. We blitz with playing man-man, anyone who's man stays in pass pro blitzes. They run a 2 receiver set to the bottom of the screen. ATL tries to run a pick type of screen play at the bottom. They run the inside receiver up the field to block on his DB while Douglas cuts underneath. Our off coverage helps in 2 ways. 1- it allows for Brock to read the play, 2- it prevents Brock from getting "picked off" by the inside receiver/DB. That's why the 2 DB's are staggered in their depth to prevent the pick play.
You see how Brock is able to jump the route immediately, Also, because Rogers is farther off the inside receiver can't create a screen to wall Brock off from the play.
A little more of the same from this angle to show how Brock has room to jump the route.
This is how Brock is able to knock the ball free and Bowman peeled off his blitz when he saw the pass thrown, solid defense, run to the ball.