Cosell’s Coaching Tape: 10/22/09 Notes


  • Bears pass game featured quick drops, with the ball coming out of Cutler’s hands fast; Protect an average pass blocking OL
  • Bears passing game very controlled and managed, They didn’t attack downfield very much and when they did they did not protect very well
  • Forte looked slow, Did not see much lateral quickness, Did not change direction or stop and start with much decisiveness – No juice
  • Cutler looks down-the-gun-barrel, He’s oblivious to pressure – He’s a big time thrower, as gifted as any passer in the NFL
  • Falcons zone blitzed on consecutive plays (final play of first quarter, first play of second quarter): Bennett 21 yds, Knox 23 yd TD – Knox TD was a great read by Cutler, and a great throw; Knox beat the press coverage of CB Houston
  • LT Pace really struggled to anchor, It looks as if there is no strength left in his lower body – He has no movement skills anymore, He is a liability as a pass protector
  • Falcons predominant pressure package was zone blitz concepts
  • Bears have a below average OL, and no running game; Without Cutler they wouldn’t move the ball, They would have trouble getting a first down
  • Noticed the difference immediately when Wolfe ran the ball, He was quicker and faster than Forte – He had the juice that Forte lacked
  • Bears offense very constricted, My sense is it’s by design – They are trying to protect a bad OL, and they don’t want Cutler running around trying to make individual plays outside the framework of the offense
  • Cutler forced to make far too many throws with pressure in his face, Very few clean pockets
  • RT Williams struggled with pass protection in this game, Tough to develop any kind of downfield passing attack when both tackles have troubling protecting – One reason TE Olsen has not been a big factor in the passing game at the intermediate levels
  • When CB Williams got hurt, Jackson replaced him in the nickel package; Jackson aligned in the slot, with Grimes on the outside
  • Olsen probably won’t be a big factor in the passing game on a consistent basis because of the Bears OL inability to protect


  • Bears played “cover zero” behind all-out pressure on the Falcons first 3rd + long of the game: Ryan hurried incompletion – This surprised me, The Bears normally not a high risk pressure defense
  • MLB Roach very impressive on film, Showed great ability to work through traffic and congestion to find the ball in the run game
  • DT Harrison flashed on film: Played with leverage and strength in the run game
  • What was noticeable in this game was that the Falcons OL could not get the linebackers blocked in the run game
  • Through the first 3 or 4 series Ryan was forcing the ball to Gonzalez
  • White 40 yd TD on 1st + 10 came on a WR screen out of an empty set; Bears blitzed but they clearly made a coverage mistake, They only had 2 defenders on the 3 receiver side (White was on the 3 receiver side) – The Bears made no adjustment to the empty set and 3×2 formation
  • Bears defense had problems with the Falcons empty sets, Did not have a good sense of how to match up form a coverage standpoint; They seemed confused and out-manned from a numbers standpoint, especially to the 3 receiver side – Bears finally went man-to-man against the empty set in the fourth quarter: Snelling 9 yd catch
  • Ryan and Falcons passing game did not attack down the field, White and Jenkins rarely targeted on intermediate and deeper routes
  • Jenkins aligned at TE on the second snap of the second half: White 3 yds; First saw this against the Panthers in week 2 when they threw to Jenkins for 24 yds out of TE position
  • Ryan first interception a poor read, A forced throw to Gonzalez; He did not read the zone coverage concept, and it was not a difficult read – A good example of Ryan being too focused on Gonzalez
  • Bears were aggressive with blitz, and they played a number of snaps of “cover zero”
  • Ryan not very comfortable or patient in this game, He did not wait for routes to develop down the field; He got the ball out quick
  • Ryan second interception was an inaccurate throw to a wide open Jenkins at the intermediate level – Overall, this was not a strong game for Ryan
  • Falcons offense did not really have any rhythm or flow to it, No consistency running the ball and no downfield passing game

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2 Responses

  1. Jonathan says:

    It was very apparent watching this game that Ryan was forcing the ball to Gonzalez.

    Love reading these, keep up the great work, Greg.

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