Cosell’s Coaching Tape: 10/14/09 Notes


  • Schaub’s lack of arm strength really noticeable when he throws to the outside
  • Slaton looked like he was bracing for contact on some of his runs, Not the same dynamic runner he was a year ago – He looked stiff and mechanical in his lateral movement
  • Schaub a pure timing and rhythm intermediate passer who must be protected
  • SS Wilson played like a LB in this game, He played predominantly in the box and was used as a blitzer
  • Cards played a lot of single high safety coverages, which forced Schaub to throw the ball to the outside: Excellent defensive approach, since Schaub’s weakness is throwing the ball to the perimeter
  • Texans do an outstanding job with their route combinations to break down anticipated coverages
  • Slaton showed flashes of quickness and lateral explosiveness, but they were splash plays – He wasn’t the consistent perimeter threat and tough inside runner that I thought I’d see
  • Brown was the Cards nickel corner, aligned over the slot; He can be attacked and exposed – Wilson played LB in the dime package, with Ware coming in at S
  • My sense watching the Cards defense is that they’re improving: They played faster, with better play recognition and reaction
  • TE Daniels moves like a WR, He’s a mismatch for linebackers and even many safeties
  • Johnson great explosiveness off the line when he has free access; He breaks down the cushion of the corner in a heartbeat, forcing the corner to turn his body and declare
  • The area the Cards must improve defensively is generating consistent pressure on the QB; The more bodies they have to add to get pressure, the more limited their coverage options, and the greater burden they put on their secondary


  • Jets at times matched up with 4-4 personnel versus the Dolphins “22” personnel (2 backs and 2 TEs)
  • The first “Wildcat” formation was a pass from Brown to Fasano for 21 yds: Dolphins personnel was 2 backs, 2 TEs, 1 WR and Henne split left – What made no sense was that the Jets had S Leonhard playing as a “cover 2” safety 15 yds from the line of scrimmage over the top of Henne
  • Williams 18 yds out of the “Wildcat” on the third play of the game, Dolphins personnel was 4 backs and 2 TEs (no QB) – Jets played a 4-3 front to match up to the “Wildcat”, S Leonhard was 20 yds from the LOS
  • Dolphins extensive use of the “Wildcat” and base “22” personnel sets forced the Jets defense to line up and play physical, assignment-based football – It negated the organized chaos that the Jets want to play; The myth about the Jets defense is that they are tough and physical, They are not
  • Dolphins had 2 TEs on the field on every play of their first series: 12 plays, 80 yds and a TD
  • Williams 59 screen pass came against an anticipated Jets blitz, their first blitz of the game – Their blitzing had been calmed down by the Dolphins personnel packages and formations
  • When the Dolphins had Henne on the field in their “Wildcat”, the Jets wasted 2 defenders: The CB aligned over Henne, and S Leonhard, who consistently aligned 15+ yds from the LOS
  • Dolphins played with 2 TEs the entire first half with the exception of 4 plays, 3 of which came in the 2 minute situation
  • Henne more comfortable as the game progressed, The Dolphins offensive approach minimized the Jets pressure tendencies and allowed Henne to settle into the game – He did not play fast, He stayed with his intermediate reads longer in the second half
  • Jets are a scheme and design defense, a confusion defense, not a beat-you-in-the-trenches defense – The Dolphins approach got the Jets out of their comfort zone
  • Dolphins ran 5 consecutive “Wildcat” plays on their 3rd quarter (into 4th quarter) TD drive: All 5 featured 4 backs and 2 TEs, The fourth one was a called pass that was incomplete – All 5 had different looks at the snap of the ball, The increasing versatility of the “Wildcat”
  • Dolphins had success with the designed cutback, or wind back run that the Saints used with great effectiveness a week earlier against the Jets “over” front (the DL shifted to the strong side of the offensive formation)
  • Dolphins offensive approach turned an attacking, proactive Jets defense into a reactive and tentative one
  • Ginn 53 yd TD came out of “12” personnel (1 back and 2 TEs), It was slot left with Ginn the outside receiver; Dolphins went “max pro” with 8 man protection, Ginn ran by CB Revis on a disciplined and precise route – Henne 4 seconds from snap to delivery
  • QB White played 3 snaps in the shotgun on the final GW drive: 2 handoffs to Brown, and a 6 yd run
  • Jets had no idea how to defend the “Wildcat” from a schematic standpoint, They wasted 2 players every time
  • Henne to Camarillo for 14 yds on the final drive came against “cover zero” pressure, Great touch throw by Henne
  • Henne threw the ball with good velocity in the intermediate areas
  • Final “Wildcat” tally (including White’s plays): 19-122, 6.4 yds per play – Dolphins ran the “Wildcat” on 30% of their offensive snaps


  • Sanchez a timing and rhythm passer, A plant and throw QB with good arm strength but he’s not a stud throwing the football
  • Sanchez plays fast, He’s not a comfortable looking QB, Gets frenetic at times when the design of the play is not there and he can’t deliver with timing and rhythm
  • Washington great ability to get through small cracks at the point of attack, Elusive and shifty with tremendous short area burst – A better inside runner than his size would indicate
  • ILB Crowder a flash player, Makes some splash plays but plays with an alarming lack of discipline at times
  • Jets OL too many breakdowns, both individually and schematically; The unit had an uneven game
  • Rookie CB Smith an excellent press corner, He’s physical with strong hands; Smith jacked up Edwards a few times when Edwards had “x iso” and disrupted his route
  • LG Faneca not the player he was; His decline began a year ago, and has continued this season – He gets beat too often
  • Clowney 53 yds came out of “21”, Play action with 8 man protection; Jets clearly anticipated “quarters” coverage and attacked play side S Bell with Clowney’s deep corner route
  • Sanchez throws an excellent deep ball, Good trajectory and very accurate
  • Dolphins safeties vulnerable Bell and Wilson in pass coverage, especially when aligned in “quarters” coverage, which gives them both run and pass responsibilities
  • Overall, the Jets OL struggled in pass protection; The Dolphins front looked quicker, and was able to get Sanchez to move and play fast at times
  • I loved Sanchez willingness to pull the trigger on his outside completion to Edwards for 34 yds in the fourth quarter; It was the outside void in “cover 2”, and Edwards was not really open because CB Davis carried him deep – Sanchez understood the situation, and knew he had to make a throw; That’s NFL quarterbacking
  • As Sanchez comfort level has decreased over the last couple of weeks, Keller’s role in the passing game has also declined – It will be interesting to see if OC Schottenheimer incorporates some of the same concepts the Browns used effectively 2 years ago when Edwards and Winslow had big years in Cleveland

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10 Responses

  1. BONES says:

    The new format is 100% better! Thanks.

  2. Brian says:

    I could read this all day long. Thank you.

  3. Scott says:

    This is absolutely fantastic! I’d pay more to have every game covered like this throughout the week.

  4. Brad says:

    Unreal, Greg. Can I have your job?

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  7. Jeff says:

    This information is absolutely fantastic. I wish I understood some of the terminology a bit better. But, it’s good to have to expand your football IQ. Reading Greg’s stuff is an excellent way to do it.

  8. Jon Richter says:

    I have to respectfully disagree that it was the Wildcat that beat the Jets. what beat them was their inability to get Henne out of his comfort zone when they ran a base pass offense. After getting sacked 6 times by Buffalo, the Jets sacked him 0 times. When we got some pressure on him he wound up throwing the ball away, and our defense was able to get off the field. When we didn’t, he kept drives alive and Miami scored. Had we sacked him 2 or 3 times and held him under 200 yds we would have won despite the Wildcat’s effectiveness.

  9. Adam Caplan says:

    Jeff: Good point on terminology, if you post some terms you don’t understand, I’ll ask him for the next podcast to go over them.

  10. Tom-A$$ says:

    I didn’t just like this – I loved it!

    Excellent just-the-facts analysis of key plays and observations after the game.

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