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 quickly and decisively read coverage

v Cowboys had a lot of success in the run game getting to the back side, either with designed cutbacks or because the Giants overpursued and abandoned their gap responsibilities

v Romo’s third interception was a terrible decision, S Phillips was sitting in the deep middle

v Giants played a lot of man coverage concepts with press: Either man free or 2 man, and they were successful

v FB Anderson an excellent lead blocker out of the “I”

v Cowboys rarely ever aligned with 3 WRs in this game

v Overall, Romo struggled with both accuracy and decision making

GIANTS OFFENSE V. COWBOYS DEFENSE

v Smith 32 yds on the game’s first play came with CB Newman matched man-to-man on Smith with no help

v Cowboys align Ratliff in the center / guard gaps, Takes advantage of his first step quickness and explosion

v Manningham for the second week in a row showed great lateral explosiveness – What really stood out was his innate ability to come back to the ball

v Manning very comfortable in the pocket, Much better pocket presence than I ‘ve seen before

v Cowboys clearly have a problem at the CB position opposite Newman, whether it’s Scandrick or Jenkins

v Brooking really struggled in the run game, Was too easily blocked and could not get off blocks

v Giants played predominantly with “12” personnel (1 back and 2 TEs) in normal down and distance situations, especially in the second half – Cowboys very predictable defensively, and the Giants knew what they were going to get from a coverage standpoint

v Bradshaw a complete back, especially when it comes to pass protection in long yardage situations; A much better pass protector than Jacobs

v Bradshaw a more physical runner than his size would indicate

v Manningham ran right by Scandrick on his 49 yd catch at the end of the third quarter: Giants “12” personnel, Clearly anticipated “quarters” coverage

v Smith 22 yd TD came against a hybrid coverage scheme; It looked like Smith beat Scandrick in the slot, but Scandrick was a zone defender reading Manning and Manning manipulated him

v Giants did a great job with pass protection minimizing Ware, almost always having a TE or a back on his side, and that gave Manning time to work the Cowboys below average secondary – Other than Newman, the secondary is weak

v Giants broke down the Cowboys defense with their passing game, both by dictating and winning individual matchups and by scheming against zone coverage – Manning and the passing game was the reason the Giants won this game

v This was as good a game Manning has played: He was helped by the predictability of the Cowboys defense, their weakness in the secondary, and the Giants coaching staff doing an excellent job taking care of Ware, the only Cowboys pass rush threat

PATRIOTS OFFENSE V. JETS DEFENSE

v Galloway a bad tendency to wait on the ball, and not come back to the QB

v Patriots went no huddle on the first series

v Brady still clearly not comfortable in the pocket, Does not have that refined sense of pocket movement – Tended to overreact to pressure and play too fast

v Patriots offense was reactive to the Jets defense, They were not dictating and were totally out of rhythm by the middle of the first quarter

v Strickland really stood out on the Jets defense, Played fast and was effective as a blitzer

v Brady missed a number of throws he normally makes, He was hurrying himself and the result was a lack of consistent accuracy

v Scott the most versatile LB in the NFL

v Jets pressure got to Brady mentally by the second quarter, He was drifting off the midline on his drops even when there was no pressure – Also he was not looking downfield for the intermediate and deeper routes, and at times, they were breaking open

v Jets a lot of snaps with 7 DBs

v Patriots stayed in the shotgun spread the entire game, They invited the pressure and couldn’t handle it

v Revis often matched up to Moss when Moss was aligned outside, but there were very few snaps that Revis played Moss pure man-to-man with no help – Moss is not a refined route runner, He’s not a difficult matchup for a good press corner like Revis

v Jets got really good production from Strickland and Smith, especially as blitzers

v Patriots never challenged the Jets run defense by tightening their formations and trying to hit them in the mouth

v Jets did a great job attacking and defending the underneath routes when they blitzed; They played with no fear from a coverage standpoint, They did not allow short completions

v Brady threw the ball as poorly as I can ever remember, He played reactively and defensively

v Rookie WR Edelman is Welker lite, Similar skill set with lateral quickness to work inside the numbers

v Jets align defenders in atypical locations and that makes it difficult for the offense to account for them in pass protection

v Patriots never went “max pro” and tried to attack vertically; They were too stubborn with their shotgun spread

v The key for the Jets was their fearlessness in coverage, They were not concerned about getting beat over the top (That was a Buddy Ryan trait as well) – They did not allow the short completions when they blitzed

v Jets played “cover zero” on 2 of the Patriots final 4 snaps, That showed unbelievable confidence in their pressure schemes

v Brady versus blitz: 12-28, 118 yds, 1 interception

TITANS OFFENSE V. TEXANS DEFENSE

v Titans split rookie TE Cook outside the formation, Needs work on his route running

v Rookie LB Cushing stood out for the second consecutive week: Physical, tough, fast and good instincts – He’s the SLB for the Texans, and he did not come off the field in passing situations

v Texans a very solid LB corps with Ryans, Cushing and Diles

v Texans did not blitz in the 2 minute situation at the end of the first half, 3 and 4 man rushes with predominant zone coverages behind them – Collins and Titans passing game little trouble completing passes and moving the ball

v Texans did not blitz much in passing situations in the first half, Predominant 4 man rushes with zone behind it

v Johnson 91 yd TD in the third quarter came against Texans 5 man rush, with man free behind it – Very surprising given that the Texans did not blitz frequently and played predominantly zone coverage

v Texans went with 5 DL on 1st + 2nd down on the series after Johnson’s 91 yd TD, and were successful

v Texans played more man coverage as the game progressed; They were more aggressive in the second half, also integrating more blitzes

v A dominant performance by Cushing, He was the best player on the field for the Texans

v Texans actually played the run well in normal down and distance situations, just like they did last week against the Jets for the majority of the game – Both of Johnson’s long TD runs came on 3rd + long versus the Texans nickel package

v Texans an improving front seven with speed and quickness, with the potential for a very good LB corps

BEARS OFFENSE V. STEELERS DEFENSE

v Keisel plays DE like a LB: Great quickness and athleticism, Can play down the line very effectively

v Harrison aligned inside over the guard on the first 3rd + long for the Bears, with Keisel at OLB outside of Harrison – Harrison ran down Forte on a screen for no gain on 3rd + 6

v What I noticed immediately was how stationary a player S Carter was compared to Polamalu; For the most part, Carter aligned in one place and stayed there until the ball was snapped

v Bears approach helped Cutler through their first few possessions: Quick drops, defined reads, Get the ball out fast – They were trying to limit his reckless and frenetic tendencies

v Bears a very controlled and managed pass game

v Steelers a lot of 2 deep shell with the safeties playing very deep; A much more passive approach in the secondary with Polamalu out

v The Bears emphasis on 3 and 5 step drops minimized the Steelers pass rush

v Rookie WR Knox excellent speed, and good lateral quickness; Cutler already seemed to have a feel for Knox

v The biggest problem offenses have running the ball against the Steelers defense is the inability to consistently get to the second level to block the linebackers

v Cutler played smart and efficient, No risky throws

v Timmons outstanding downhill explosion as a pass rusher

v Bears really struggled with the inside pressure of the Steelers in the pass game as the game progressed; Cutler overcame a mistake in pass protection on 3rd + 3 on the fourth quarter TD drive with movement and a great pass to Hester for 13 yds

v The loss of Polamalu was evident on Olsen’s 29 yd catch in the 4th quarter: It was a seam route versus a 2 deep shell, and Carter was slow in reading the route and reacting to the throw

v Knox 7 yd TD came against a Steelers blitz: Gay blitzed off the corner, and that dictated the matchup of S Carter on Knox split wide; Timmons and Gay were unblocked, but Cutler knew what he had and calmly threw a strike to Knox on the mismatch

v Overall, the Bears offensive approach minimized the disruptive pressure tendencies of the Steelers aggressive defense

COACHING TAPE – WEEK 2

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 quickly and decisively read coverage

v Cowboys had a lot of success in the run game getting to the back side, either with designed cutbacks or because the Giants overpursued and abandoned their gap responsibilities

v Romo’s third interception was a terrible decision, S Phillips was sitting in the deep middle

v Giants played a lot of man coverage concepts with press: Either man free or 2 man, and they were successful

v FB Anderson an excellent lead blocker out of the “I”

v Cowboys rarely ever aligned with 3 WRs in this game

v Overall, Romo struggled with both accuracy and decision making

GIANTS OFFENSE V. COWBOYS DEFENSE

v Smith 32 yds on the game’s first play came with CB Newman matched man-to-man on Smith with no help

v Cowboys align Ratliff in the center / guard gaps, Takes advantage of his first step quickness and explosion

v Manningham for the second week in a row showed great lateral explosiveness – What really stood out was his innate ability to come back to the ball

v Manning very comfortable in the pocket, Much better pocket presence than I ‘ve seen before

v Cowboys clearly have a problem at the CB position opposite Newman, whether it’s Scandrick or Jenkins

v Brooking really struggled in the run game, Was too easily blocked and could not get off blocks

v Giants played predominantly with “12” personnel (1 back and 2 TEs) in normal down and distance situations, especially in the second half – Cowboys very predictable defensively, and the Giants knew what they were going to get from a coverage standpoint

v Bradshaw a complete back, especially when it comes to pass protection in long yardage situations; A much better pass protector than Jacobs

v Bradshaw a more physical runner than his size would indicate

v Manningham ran right by Scandrick on his 49 yd catch at the end of the third quarter: Giants “12” personnel, Clearly anticipated “quarters” coverage

v Smith 22 yd TD came against a hybrid coverage scheme; It looked like Smith beat Scandrick in the slot, but Scandrick was a zone defender reading Manning and Manning manipulated him

v Giants did a great job with pass protection minimizing Ware, almost always having a TE or a back on his side, and that gave Manning time to work the Cowboys below average secondary – Other than Newman, the secondary is weak

v Giants broke down the Cowboys defense with their passing game, both by dictating and winning individual matchups and by scheming against zone coverage – Manning and the passing game was the reason the Giants won this game

v This was as good a game Manning has played: He was helped by the predictability of the Cowboys defense, their weakness in the secondary, and the Giants coaching staff doing an excellent job taking care of Ware, the only Cowboys pass rush threat

PATRIOTS OFFENSE V. JETS DEFENSE

v Galloway a bad tendency to wait on the ball, and not come back to the QB

v Patriots went no huddle on the first series

v Brady still clearly not comfortable in the pocket, Does not have that refined sense of pocket movement – Tended to overreact to pressure and play too fast

v Patriots offense was reactive to the Jets defense, They were not dictating and were totally out of rhythm by the middle of the first quarter

v Strickland really stood out on the Jets defense, Played fast and was effective as a blitzer

v Brady missed a number of throws he normally makes, He was hurrying himself and the result was a lack of consistent accuracy

v Scott the most versatile LB in the NFL

v Jets pressure got to Brady mentally by the second quarter, He was drifting off the midline on his drops even when there was no pressure – Also he was not looking downfield for the intermediate and deeper routes, and at times, they were breaking open

v Jets a lot of snaps with 7 DBs

v Patriots stayed in the shotgun spread the entire game, They invited the pressure and couldn’t handle it

v Revis often matched up to Moss when Moss was aligned outside, but there were very few snaps that Revis played Moss pure man-to-man with no help – Moss is not a refined route runner, He’s not a difficult matchup for a good press corner like Revis

v Jets got really good production from Strickland and Smith, especially as blitzers

v Patriots never challenged the Jets run defense by tightening their formations and trying to hit them in the mouth

v Jets did a great job attacking and defending the underneath routes when they blitzed; They played with no fear from a coverage standpoint, They did not allow short completions

v Brady threw the ball as poorly as I can ever remember, He played reactively and defensively

v Rookie WR Edelman is Welker lite, Similar skill set with lateral quickness to work inside the numbers

v Jets align defenders in atypical locations and that makes it difficult for the offense to account for them in pass protection

v Patriots never went “max pro” and tried to attack vertically; They were too stubborn with their shotgun spread

v The key for the Jets was their fearlessness in coverage, They were not concerned about getting beat over the top (That was a Buddy Ryan trait as well) – They did not allow the short completions when they blitzed

v Jets played “cover zero” on 2 of the Patriots final 4 snaps, That showed unbelievable confidence in their pressure schemes

v Brady versus blitz: 12-28, 118 yds, 1 interception

TITANS OFFENSE V. TEXANS DEFENSE

v Titans split rookie TE Cook outside the formation, Needs work on his route running

v Rookie LB Cushing stood out for the second consecutive week: Physical, tough, fast and good instincts – He’s the SLB for the Texans, and he did not come off the field in passing situations

v Texans a very solid LB corps with Ryans, Cushing and Diles

v Texans did not blitz in the 2 minute situation at the end of the first half, 3 and 4 man rushes with predominant zone coverages behind them – Collins and Titans passing game little trouble completing passes and moving the ball

v Texans did not blitz much in passing situations in the first half, Predominant 4 man rushes with zone behind it

v Johnson 91 yd TD in the third quarter came against Texans 5 man rush, with man free behind it – Very surprising given that the Texans did not blitz frequently and played predominantly zone coverage

v Texans went with 5 DL on 1st + 2nd down on the series after Johnson’s 91 yd TD, and were successful

v Texans played more man coverage as the game progressed; They were more aggressive in the second half, also integrating more blitzes

v A dominant performance by Cushing, He was the best player on the field for the Texans

v Texans actually played the run well in normal down and distance situations, just like they did last week against the Jets for the majority of the game – Both of Johnson’s long TD runs came on 3rd + long versus the Texans nickel package

v Texans an improving front seven with speed and quickness, with the potential for a very good LB corps

BEARS OFFENSE V. STEELERS DEFENSE

v Keisel plays DE like a LB: Great quickness and athleticism, Can play down the line very effectively

v Harrison aligned inside over the guard on the first 3rd + long for the Bears, with Keisel at OLB outside of Harrison – Harrison ran down Forte on a screen for no gain on 3rd + 6

v What I noticed immediately was how stationary a player S Carter was compared to Polamalu; For the most part, Carter aligned in one place and stayed there until the ball was snapped

v Bears approach helped Cutler through their first few possessions: Quick drops, defined reads, Get the ball out fast – They were trying to limit his reckless and frenetic tendencies

v Bears a very controlled and managed pass game

v Steelers a lot of 2 deep shell with the safeties playing very deep; A much more passive approach in the secondary with Polamalu out

v The Bears emphasis on 3 and 5 step drops minimized the Steelers pass rush

v Rookie WR Knox excellent speed, and good lateral quickness; Cutler already seemed to have a feel for Knox

v The biggest problem offenses have running the ball against the Steelers defense is the inability to consistently get to the second level to block the linebackers

v Cutler played smart and efficient, No risky throws

v Timmons outstanding downhill explosion as a pass rusher

v Bears really struggled with the inside pressure of the Steelers in the pass game as the game progressed; Cutler overcame a mistake in pass protection on 3rd + 3 on the fourth quarter TD drive with movement and a great pass to Hester for 13 yds

v The loss of Polamalu was evident on Olsen’s 29 yd catch in the 4th quarter: It was a seam route versus a 2 deep shell, and Carter was slow in reading the route and reacting to the throw

v Knox 7 yd TD came against a Steelers blitz: Gay blitzed off the corner, and that dictated the matchup of S Carter on Knox split wide; Timmons and Gay were unblocked, but Cutler knew what he had and calmly threw a strike to Knox on the mismatch

v Overall, the Bears offensive approach minimized the disruptive pressure tendencies of the Steelers aggressive defense

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  1. PackFan says:

    Thanks once again Greg.

    It’s fun to read this and then get the chance to watch some of these games when they are re-run on the NFL Network.

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