Cosell’s Coaching Tape: 9/30/09 Notes

CHARGERS OFFENSE V. DOLPHINS DEFENSE

Dolphins want Porter aligned on the open side of the formation, where there is no TE in his face
Dolphins matched up with their nickel package, with Jones as the third corner aligned over the slot, based on down and distance, not on the Chargers personnel; They often treated Gates as WR in those situations
When the Chargers went 3 WR with Gates, the Dolphins predominantly matched up with their dime package, with Culver the third safety
Rookie CB Smith very comfortable in press position: Very patient and composed, not overreactive; Showed good quickness and change of direction mirroring receivers
The Dolphins utilize Smith as if he is a shutdown corner: A high percentage of press man coverage, often with no help over the top – They show tremendous confidence in him
Smith rotated at RCB with the other rookie corner Davis; Davis more natural quickness than Smith, Also effective in press position
Taylor does not have much left as [...]

Cosell’s Coaching Tape: 9/28/09 Notes

COACHING TAPE – WEEK 3

VIKINGS OFFENSE V. 49ERS DEFENSE

Vikings OL still struggled with stunts, This is a continuing problem for the Vikings
S Lewis aligned at LB in the 49ers dime package: Bly was the third corner, and Roman was the third safety; CB Brown also played as the 49ers 6th DB
LG Hutchinson had problems with the bull rush of Justin Smith
Rice 30 yd TD came out of “21” (2 backs and 1 TE) personnel, Straight “I” formation: 49ers blitzed S Lewis from Rice’s side and rolled the other S Goldshon over the top of Berrian, CB Clements played outside leverage versus Rice but he had no help with Goldshon rotated over the top of Berrian
Harvin very effective working the slot: Quick, explosive and powerful
49ers high percentage blitz out of their dime package, Made sense given weakness of Vikings OL in pass protection and Favre’s tendency to get the ball out quick
49ers not a conventional 3-4: The DL often aligned in gaps, and they did  [...]

Week Three Reaches

Here’s a look at my week three reaches:

Quarterback

Joe Flacco vs. Cleveland – Of course check the latest hour-by-hour forecasts
right before this and other games start. If the weather holds up, Flacco should
do well since the Browns have a weak pass rush and the Raven OL is one of the
best in the NFL.

Byron Leftwich vs. NY Giants – The Giant secondary has major injury
issues with two starters, so Leftwich has a chance to continue his recent
success. The bottom line is for the Buccaneers to have a chance to win, they’ll
have to likely throw it at least 40 times.

Jason Campbell at Detroit – This is about as good of a matchup that
Campbell could get, so there won’t be any excuses if he doesn’t do well. Weather
won’t be a factor since the game is indoors. The Lion secondary is one of the
worst, so the opportunity is there for him to put up solid numbers.

Running Back

Fred Jackson vs. New Orleans – He went way late in drafts, but he’s not
sharing the ball at all with Marshawn Lynch still out. Jackson faces a beatable
Saint front seven and should get plenty of touches. He’s looking like a solid #2
RB this week. Even if [...]

Cosell’s Coaching Tape: 9/23/09 Notes

TEXANS OFFENSE V. TITANS DEFENSE

Titans front seven very good against the run: Gap discipline, Run fits
Good matchup for Schaub after last week versus Jets high percentage pressure defense; Titans not a high percentage blitz defense, especially in normal and distance situations – Schaub had a chance to comfortably develop timing and rhythm
Johnson 19 yd TD came against man free: Johnson motioned across the formation to dictate the clean release, and then ran a wheel route against CB Harper
Kearse gave RT Winston a lot of trouble in the first quarter: He was quicker and stronger
S Griffin totally fooled by the play action on Johnson’s 72 yd TD
LT Brown a far better pass protector than he was as a rookie: Much quicker with his sets, Better balance and footwork, Uses his hands better
Texans a good screen team, both with Slaton and Daniels
Schaub very comfortable in this game: Consistently threw with timing and anticipation – Great seam throw to Dreessen in [...]

Cosell’s Coaching Tape: 9/21/09 Notes

COWBOYS OFFENSE V. GIANTS DEFENSE

v Witten used as a movable chess piece in the Cowboys offense

v LB Boley tendency to overpursue, and abandon his gap responsibility in the run game

v Johnson was the Giants nickel corner in this game, He aligned outside with Thomas moving inside to his normal slot position

v Romo read Johnson’s interception return for a TD as “2 man” when it was zone

v Cowboys again managed Romo with personnel and formations, They have clearly decided Romo is a complementary QB

v Cowboys very effective with 3×1 sets in the passing game

v Romo’s second interception (the ball that bounced off Witten’s foot) was a result of poor footwork and mechanics, That produced the inaccurate throw

v Williams needs serious technique work on his vertical routes versus press coverage; He just runs to the sideline

v Jones big time elusiveness and lateral explosiveness

v Romo struggled to process information, Did not [...]

Week Two Reaches

It certainly will be a major challenge to be as accurate as last week, but there
are some matches that stand out:

Quarterback

Joe Flacco at San Diego – As we predicted, the Ravens would start
throwing more on first down and they did that quite a bit last week. OC Cam
Cameron has clearly decided to give Flacco the ball early and he’s coming
through. Look for him to exploit the shaky Charger secondary in what could be a
high-scoring game.

Kerry Collins vs. Houston – We know that they can just as easily run the
ball all game and win, but look for Collins to make some big plays in the first
three quarters when the game is relatively close. He shouldn’t have a problem
throwing for two TDs in this game.

Jason Campbell vs. St. Louis – He’s not exactly trustworthy, but the Ram
secondary is weak. The problem is their front-four can’t find any kind of
consistent pass rush. Look for 225 yards and 1-2 TDs from Campbell.

Kevin Kolb vs. New Orleans – He hasn’t looked good in relief appearances, but he’ll get a
chance to start in what should be a high-scoring game. He has plenty of talent around him,
so Kolb should be able to post good numbers [...]

Week Two Thoughts

I’ll post my random thoughts here on selected players by position:

Quarterback

Jake Delhomme – I was asked about this in Wednesday’s chat. Will he hurt Steve
Smith? The answer is yes, for now. Until Delhomme can find some consistency,
he’s going to hurt Smith’s productivity and upside. That’s not something that
can be argued at this point. Hoping for the best, but it way take some time. A.J.
Feeley can be good for 3-4 games, but asking him to start several games is a
problem.

Matt Ryan – Good sign when he doesn’t play well that he can still put up some
numbers. Again, as we correctly stated in our preseason analysis, how are
defenses going to stop them? You can only really take away one guy from their
offense each week.

Joe Flacco – I think they finally realized he has to get the ball early in the
game. Read Greg Cosell’s film room blog to get an idea of this. They finally are
letting Flacco throw on first downs. I think he’s at least a low-end #1 QB for
fantasy now. I had a long talk with him earlier this year about the coaches
being willing to give him the ball more to throw early in games. He really
wanted the chance to throw [...]

Cosell’s Coaching Tape: 9/16/09 Notes

BUCS OFFENSE V. COWBOYS DEFENSE

v     TE Winslow great movement skill, Looked like a big WR running routes – Cannot allow him to release cleanly from the conventional LOS TE position

v     Leftwich really spun it well, Ball came out with good velocity

v     Jenkins started at RCB for the Cowboys; Scandrick was the nickel corner, aligned over the slot

v     Williams ran hard with excellent pad level, Good leg drive; Good short area quickness and burst – Williams ran over S Hamlin on his 3rd carry

v     LB James really struggled in the run game

v     The majority of the Bucs runs attacked the middle of the Cowboys defense

v     Cowboys a lot of movement before the snap to match up to offensive shifting and motion; They got caught a number of times being misaligned, and not in position to play the called defense

v     Bryant 30 yards on in-breaking route came on 1st and 10 out of a balanced 2 TE set versus 8 in the box, “cover 3”; 8 man protection

v     Bryant a very professional route, Good understanding of coverage and how to break it down

v     Leftwich overthrew Bryant on what would have a TD on the final play of the first half

v     I thought [...]

Cosell’s Coaching Tape: 9/14/09 Note

Our NFL film and matchup guru Greg Cosell is back to share his raw notes while breaking down coaches tape at NFL Films.

COACHING TAPE – WEEK 1

STEELERS OFFENSE V. TITANS DEFENSE

v     Steelers began with a quick tempo passing game, Get Roethlisberger comfortable – A high percentage of 2 TE sets on the first couple of possessions

v     Wallace and Sweed were the 3rd + 4th receivers; Wallace was the 3rd WR ahead of Sweed – Wallace great vertical speed, Ate up the cushion on corners and safeties in a heartbeat

v     Fuller was the Titans nickel corner

v     DT Jones flashed: Power, strength and explosiveness; An excellent inside pass rusher – He was dominant at times against the interior of the Steelers OL, Played with relentless effort

v     Steelers initial game plan was 2 TE sets, and tight formations

v     Titans LB corps active and physical

v     Parker did not have the same burst and explosion he had in the past -Also too tentative and not decisive

v     Titans secondary is physical, and they tackle

v     Roethlisberger very accurate, Consistently excellent ball location

v     Titans DL very disciplined with their gap integrity, and they all use their hands effectively – Titans DTs did not get moved in the [...]

Week One Reaches

After last year’s success, I’m back with more for Week One:

Quarterback

Joe Flacco vs. Kansas City – While the Ravens will still be a power
running team on offense, we’re expecting them to throw more on early downs.
Against the Chiefs, Flacco should have no trouble against one of the league’s
worst defenses. Even though this game should be a blowout and he might not need
to throw much, he’ll have very good success when it puts the ball in the air.
Look for Flacco to be a nice low-end starter this week.

Matt Hasselbeck vs. St. Louis – I understand how shaky his offensive
line is, but the Ram secondary is average at best. When Hasselbeck throws the
ball, he’ll have success spreading the ball around to his open receivers. He’s
not a bad low-end starter this week.

Running Back

Mike Bell vs. Detroit – With the likelihood that he’ll handle most of
the carries in this game against what looks to be a bad Lion defense, Bell could
find success early and often. He could easily have 80-100 yards and 1-2 TDs–by
the start of the fourth quarter. So Bell is really looking like a nice #3 RB or
better for fantasy owners this week.

Willis McGahee vs. Kansas City – Yeah, we [...]

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