Originally posted by jonnydel:
Originally posted by NCommand:
BTW: Everyone knows how much I hate the off-coverage esp. on 3rd downs and esp. in games where the pressures isn't getting their quick enough (sometimes b/c the QB is throwing so quickly). But this Brock play is HUGE. Why? The Falcons called an AR2 on this one. The goal was to pick off Rogers with Davis inside (which he does easily) and then the outside WR (Douglas) is to slant inside for an uncontested TD. If Brock doesn't pull a Gore/CK here (say's "Eff it! I'm doing my own thing here!") and just sprints to the ball and blows up that play, it's an easy TD! If Brock plays his "man" or off coverage here, he's beat inside and it's clear sailing to the EZ on an all-out blitz.
Side note: Bowman may have been the only other one who would have had a shot on the quick slant.
I do respectfully disagree about Brock "doing his own thing" there. Every other time in the game when we were in man coverage playing off, our corners did aggressively jump the routes. Sometimes it was thrown to Gonzales instead, other times it was thrown to White who used his big body to shield the ball from the defender. Brock did what both Rogers and Brown had done in man coverage against their receiver running a slant. He just made a little better play. But, if he was "pressing" the receiver, it would've been a walk in TD.
We jumped the route (slant) from off-coverage all game? Ryan had 37 completions on 48 attempts for 348 yards and our DP leader was Brock with 2; I wouldn't say our CB's aggressively jumped anything. The Falcons were on our own 10 yard line and our CB's were playing 6 yards off the WR's on this critical play. Worse off, we were bringing the house on an all-out blitz. THIS is the time to get up in the face of WR and jam them b/c it's going to be a quick throw; it has to be. Had both Rogers and Brock been up in the faces of the WR's, it most likely goes down as a sack by Reid or perhaps a pick-6 by Brock.
They had an AR2 design and saw the rush coming well before the snap (Reid/Bowman) and that cushion is what even allowed a play by both WR's. The difference is that Brock was still quick/fast enough and IQ enough to read the play and jump it while Rogers is blocked out back at the 4 yard line. Brock made a stellar play on off-coverage by keeping his eyes in the backfield, reading the play and breaking on it very aggressively (like you noted). I wouldn't lend any credit to the scheme or formation on this one. He made a great individual play as did Bowman who's initial assignment was to blitz up the middle...he got blocked out and then peeled back and around at the perfect time to seal it.
Overall, I'm OK with the design to play off if the intention is to disguise coverages (i.e. CB's peeling off routes, undercutting others, switching, zone, etc.) but there are times when you need to play man (like in this case) and stop allowing receivers perpetual free and clean releases off the LOS all day long.
As a team, we only have 17 INT's but 9 of those are by a rookie and backup CB. I just think there are times where our scheme is allowing for easy pitch-and-catches and letting QB's off the hook rather than making them earn every yard...something our own WR's can attest too in playing real, aggressive DB's in Seattle, etc.
IMHO, if Fangio can adjust properly and at the right times, he's going to generate more TO's and get his defense off the field more.