What happened to Maybin in obvious passing situations late 3rd and most of the 4th? Looked like he barely got on the field except for the final drive. Did it have anything to do with the Harris injury?Maybin was in for four of the five plays on the Chargers’ last drive. Prior to that, he was only in on six plays – three in each half. I don’t think it had anything to do with the Harris injury – in fact, three of those six earlier reps were when Harris was out, so they might perhaps otherwise have gone to Westerman. He made an impact in those snaps though, so expect to see his playing time rise going forward.
What did you think of the clock management by Rex before halftime…did not use a time-out on defense and 40 seconds evaporated?I do recall commenting on that at the time. Clearly this wasn’t very aggressive. My sense is that – with an 11-point deficit – they didn’t want to risk leaving too much time on the clock and having the Chargers add to their lead, especially with them getting the ball first in the third quarter. As it happens, the Jets drive stalled and the Chargers got the ball back with 17 seconds to go. Had they got it back with almost a minute to go, they might have tried to score again.
We were obviously able to run the ball a lot better this week. Did it make a major difference with play-action passing? Were there more play fakes called and were they more effective this week?The Jets were actually only 3-for-9 on play-action passes – a 34-yarder to Keller, a 16-yarder to Holmes and one of Burress’ touchdowns. However, that doesn’t tell the whole story, because there were also two completions negated by penalties (23-yard touchdown to Holmes and 11-yard pass to Kerley) and two plays where Sanchez scrambled for a first down (25 and one yard gains).
Sanchez was also sacked once on play-action and several of the incompletions were caused by backs or tight ends getting beaten, putting him under pressure.
On the whole, ignoring the two plays negated by a penalty, they gained 72 yards on 12 plays where they had a play-action fake.
In your estimation, how much better is Hartsock than Mulligan in both the run and pass protection? I felt that last year our two tight end sets were some of our most effective personnel packages.Mulligan actually had a decent performance in the running game this week and Hartsock has barely played this year, so it’s difficult to judge as they may on opposite sides of their respective peaks.
Hartsock strikes me as much more consistent and, although he has a reputation as a penalty machine, that’s not especially fair considering he was penalty-free in 18 of 19 games last year. As a pass blocker, he gave up just two pressures in 59 pass rush attempts last year, whereas Mulligan has already given up a sack, two hits and a pressure in 41 pass rush attempts.
In terms of two-TE formations, that’s their go-to formation when they want to establish the run. It was successful against 4-3 teams like Buffalo and Cincinnati last year, but didn’t really work against more physical teams like the Pats and Steelers, so its interesting that they had success with it against the Chargers.
In defense of Mangold, Antonio Garay is one of the more underrated nose guards in the league.I’m not sure Mangold needs to be defended, because his overall performance was so good that he graded out positively, even after taking into account his three penalties. After struggling with injuries for his first five years in the league, Garay is one of the better defensive linemen in the league, but had a poor game by his standards.
I had completely forgotten that the Chargers signed Garay from the Jets’ practice squad late in the 2009 season.
Do you have Kyle Wilson’s season stats in terms of how many times he’s been thrown at and completions he’s given up?I do – and this is the third week in a row that someone’s asked me for them! Here are the updated numbers for QB’s throwing at him:
15-for-22, 149 yards, one interception (68.2 QB rating)
With that interception, the QB rating has dropped below last year’s for the first time. He had a lower completion percentage (20-41, 48.8%), but more yards per catch (12.4) and one touchdown with no picks last season.
Just for fun, here are Devin McCourty’s numbers so far in HIS second season:
35-for-52, 496 yards, four touchdowns (123.6 QB rating).
What happened on the play where Sanchez didn’t see Kerley streaking down the sideline and then threw late? Was he being pressured, looking elsewhere, or just not in position to make the throw? I think one of the areas mark needs the most improvement in, other than his accuracy, is not locking in on receivers and reads and seeing the whole field, knowing where the uncovered guys will be with respect to the defense. What are your thoughts?Sanchez was looking for Keller down the seam and Keller was open, but slipped over just as he was about to throw the ball. Steve Gregory saw that Keller was open and bit on that, which left Antoine Cason, who seemed to be expecting safety support, out to dry. Sanchez spotted Keller’s slip and held onto the ball, then spied Kerley, who had beaten Cason deep. However, there was pressure at his feet, so he had to shift over to avoid this, which delayed the throw and also affected how much he was able to put on the ball.
Sanchez definitely needs to improve his reading of the field generally, but I think he made the right choice there. Without the pressure, I think that could have been a touchdown.
Where do Revis, Wilson and Cromartie rank individually in PFF’s corner rankings? It seems like kyle is having a Revis-esque season thus far in terms of how many times he has been thrown at. Is this just my imagination because he doesn’t see as many snaps?1st, 63rd and 87th out of 98. However, that’s overall grades. In terms of coverage alone, they are 1st, 24th and 57th.
You saw Wilson’s numbers earlier. He’s doing okay, but they pale in comparison to Revis’ numbers:
10-for-33, 120 yards, four interceptions (2.9 QB rating)
Yes, two point nine. He’s leading the league in virtually every category except completion percentage, where he’s third, although one of those two has only been thrown at 14 times.
How much more energetic does the Jets defense look with Mayhem Maybin in there? Is it the same with Kerley and the offense? I think these young guys, while not the most sound football players, just bring an energy and speed to the team that we have sorely missed and that makes their mistakes more forgiveable. What do you think?About 13.4% more energetic, I’d say. These guys certainly have given the Jets a boost. Adding some youth is always a good thing and the Jets are lucky to have plenty of experienced players too, which hopefully will help limit the number of mistakes they do make.
I hope Sanchez and Burress can master a different route over the next two weeks. You would think opposing defenses will be looking for it in the red zone. Speaking of red zone, how did this week’s offensive performance in the red zone compare to previous weeks? Or even recent history?Weren’t all three touchdown routes different? Quick slant from the outside, back shoulder throw from the outside, post pattern from the slot?
The Jets went 3-for-4 in the red zone this week, lifting them from 8th to 6th in the standings for red zone scoring percentage. Last year, they were 30th.
Do you have a special in that gets you access to coaches’ tape or can anyone get this? Or, if you told us would you have to have me killed — if so, it’s ok if you keep it on the qt.After trying numerous avenues to get coaches film in the past and having been told teams were reluctant to release it and anyone that did get to see it was sworn to secrecy and had to sign non-disclosure and data protection paperwork, I was surprised to see that the NFL have added an option to view coaches film (from two angles) for all big plays to their Gamepass package (and presumably Rewind too).
It doesn’t become available until Wednesday, so I can’t use it for BGA, only for BGA Extra.
My most interesting observation from the coaches film this week is that the coverage screw-up involving Eric Smith and Brodney Pool which allowed Randy McMichael to catch an uncontested 30-yard pass was possibly Darrelle Revis’ fault! Revis started running across the field with a receiver, then passed him off to David Harris. At the same time, Smith let McMichael go, presumably expecting Revis to let his man go sooner and then drop off deeper. Revis ended up more or less in no-man’s land and it’s possible he thought it was a man coverage and then realized too late. Even with the benefit of coaches film, you can’t tell, but it didn’t look likely that it was Brodney Pool’s responsibility because he was manning the deep middle.
That WAS an awesome hit by Turner which I would have forgotten about if not for this post. Do you think the jets should give Plex some plays off between the twenties to keep him fresh and give Turner a look? In a similar vein to what I mentioned before with Kerley, it might just bring more energy to the offense, Turner being younger.Turner has blown some assignments over the last few weeks. His playing time isn’t likely to increase until they can have more confidence in him.
Has Wilkerson outplayed Ropati and Dixon?I’d say it’s close between him and Pitoitua, with Dixon being a few notches behind. Pitoitua has perhaps been the more consistent, but Wilkerson had his best game so far this week, and the best game any of them have had this season. He is perhaps closer to becoming a dominant impact player, but Pitoitua’s contribution has been pretty solid.
Is Scott having a good year by your estimation? Rex mentioned Mauga is better in coverage. Is he not good against the run? He must know the defense pretty well to move around like that playing multiple positions. Why did he change the pronunciation of his name to having a phantom N? Finally, who wore the speaker helmet when Harris went out?Scott is having a good year, albeit not as good as last year. He’s been better than last year as a pass rusher, not quite as good in coverage and in the running game he has been good, but not up to last year’s spectacular standards. For what it’s worth, PFF has him ranked 10th overall in terms of ILBs and 12th against the run.
Mauga is not as good as Harris or Scott against the run, but his versatility is ideal for a developing 5th linebacker. Apparently, in Hawaii, G is always pronounced like “NG”. After some detective work, I can exclusively reveal that it was Mauga who wore the speaker helmet. There didn’t seem to be many breakdowns, although they did have to burn a timeout when they lined up with 12 men.
One play concerned me was when we were in the redzone, near the goal line, and I heard Sanchez yell “kill”. There was single coverage on the outside (the defense was playing for the run) and it seemed like Sanchez killed a passing play for a running play. That shows that he still doesn’t read coverage all that well.Hold that thought…
On the jets first TD drive, on second down, LT was in the game and I think the entire world knew the ball was going to LT from the three yard line. I saw the chargers creeping up to the line, fully expecting run also. I was praying for play-action because it probably would have been the best sell ever, but LT was stuffed. If the jets don’t score on the next play and go on to lose, Schotty would have taken a ton of heat for trying to get LT a ceremonial TD against his former team rather than having the best interests of the team in mind. I have a feeling Mark didn’t even have the option to check out of the play there. Jets have to stop doing stupid stuff like this.You and Man-Gold are both talking about the same play!
One of three things happened:
1. They were going to pass, but Sanchez audibled to a run. If that’s the case, you can be concerned about Sanchez’s reading of the defense, but perhaps not the playcall.
2. They were going to run one way, but Sanchez audibled and tried to run the other way instead. If that’s the case, maybe it was a bad read and maybe the run simply was never going to work.
3. They were always going to run, but Sanchez called out a fake audible to try and get the Chargers expecting a pass rather than a run. This would be like a double-bluff. Worth a try, but it didn’t work on this occasion.
Is it 1, 2 or 3? I don’t think we’ll ever find out, because those are options they’ll want to use the next time they’re down inside the five.
Rex said on the Revis interception that they showed man and played zone. I think the jets should mix in zone more often so they are not as susceptible to the big play, and it would cause confusion for the QB. It seems like Rex dusts off his best, most confusing gameplans for the likes of Brady, Rivers, Manning, and Rodgers but when they play lesser QBs, he seems content just trying to beat you with his players in more straight up looks. If he can confuse Brady like that, what can it do to the likes of Fitzpatrick (Harvard degree notwithstanding)? Is this laziness on the part of the coaching staff or are there risks in an overcomplicated scheme? By the way, Revis should have scored on that play if he slows up enough to let Dixon get out in front and throw him a block.They play plenty of zone as it is (although usually with Revis - and sometime Cromartie too - one-on-one). What’s different about the Revis play was that they disguised it by having a guy follow the man in motion, so that it looked like a man-to-man. They also played zone, but showed a man look on the play where Maybin was able to sack Rivers. I don’t know that more zone would mean less big plays, because most of the big plays this year have either been Cromartie getting burned or mix-ups in zone coverage.
There are plenty of risks with a complicated schemes. That certainly increases the chances of a coverage breakdown. While the Jets do simplify things for the less-threatening teams and save some looks for the better teams, they still do mix in certain blitz packages against the lesser teams and the Bills in particular had been one that was good at picking these up. They had better success against the Bills in pass rushing last year when they spread the line wide and went to a straightforward man-on-man matchup blitz scheme than when they tried to confuse them with an overload or something. They seem to be a team that picks up those blitzes well.
While it looked like Revis could have scored on TV, the coaches film clearly showed that both Rivers and McMichael always had an angle to cut Revis off at the 20 and there was no way Dixon would have been able to get down there in time to block either of them.
Did the Chargers special teams do anything in particular to slow McKnight, or were we just not blocking as well this week? Did Mauga come off that team?The Chargers are not very good on special teams, so they’ll be pleased with how they held McKnight in check, although they had to rely on a Mike Tolbert open field tackle on one play. The Chargers didn’t seem to do anything special and Mauga was indeed still on special teams throughout the game.
One thing I haven’t seen the Jets do all year is the fake punt…there were a couple spots in the last few games where it would have worked beautifully. Do you think Westy is saving it or maybe TJ isn’t good enough to pull it off?No idea. I guess that’s something that’s so risky, you have to pick your spot carefully. How good is Conley at fake punts? Well, he had a six yard run on one in 2006 and completed a thirty yard pass on one, but was cut down for a two yard loss on another in 2007. In 2008, he had an incomplete pass and an 11 yard loss, but I think these were more botched plays than designed fakes.
My bye week question is about you, something that has been bothering me for a while…how does someone form the UK have such great insight into American football? What is your story??? Did you ever play? Are you an American expat just living in the UK or are you a real Brit? How did you become a JETS fan? Why are you a fan of NFL vs. normal UK sports (particularly Rugby)? Bent is an enigma! I’d like to know your story. In fact you should have your own “about me” page on this website.I am deliberately an “international man of mystery”. All these questions will be answered in my book, which tells the story of how the Jets won their second Superbowl. Obviously I haven’t finished writing it yet…
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While you’re providing a response to Drock, can you tell us roughly how many hours you dedicate to replaying the game in order to come up with the analysis?No problem:
- Watch the game live, without trying to be analytical or taking any notes = 3-4 hours
- Once through, charting each play, who was on the field and what they did (for both teams) = 8 hours (on average)
- Second time through, double-checking for accuracy = 4 hours (on average)
- Re-watching every snap several times and analyzing how each Jet player performed = 2 hours (on average)
- Writing BGA = 2-3 hours
- Watching the coaches film a couple of times = about an hour
- Re-watching specific plays to compile stats or comment on something specific for BGA Extra = 1-2 hours
- Writing BGA Extra = 3-5 hours
Basically about 30 hours a week, over a four day period. Wait, that can’t be right…can it?
You said - “even though he only completed 55% of his passes, that’s acceptable enough, because he threw a few away, had a spike to stop the clock and had a pass dropped.”Yes, I accept this point and wasn’t trying to misrepresent this as being a better performance than it was. For what it’s worth, PFF tracks “real” QB percentage by eliminating drops, throw-aways and spikes. Sanchez is currently at 63% - which is basically the same as last year - and even if he raised that to 70%, he’d only be 17th in the league. If we exclude the Baltimore game, he’d be at 68% - a significant improvement on last year, but still slightly below average.
Don’t they count those for the other QBs too? Aaron Rodgers had three incompletions in the first half on Sunday — two drops and a spiked ball. The Cowboys have dropped 10 passes in the last two weeks. The Packers had 10 in two weeks earlier in the year. So if your level of acceptance on 55% is based on a couple of drops and a spike against the 62% league average, you must remove the drops and throwaways and spikes from the league average too and compare it to about 78%.
Did you notice that they used Keller much more diversely and much more aggressively, or was I seeing what I wanted to see? Seemed like they moved him around a lot, and made him a point of focus for the offense (at least in using him to dictate coverages).If anything, they actually moved him around less than usual. He is in the slot 27% of the time on average, but was only there 13% of the time on Sunday. He spent 74% of the time as an in-line tight end, as compared to 63% of the time normally.
In terms of the routes he was running, it’s possible they took a different approach, but I couldn’t really see any difference.
lead the league in f-ing wins:
Were mark’s td passes to plex all on 3rd down?No, one was on second down. That’s probably good, otherwise teams would know what to expect on third down (although, as I’ve written before, if you get them anticipating one thing and then counter by doing something else, you have them over a barrel).
I second the question above about Bart Scott. He was awesome last year and seems to me to be playing a lot, lot worse this year. Many of the big plays they’ve given up on the ground have been cutbacks and it seems to me that Scott had cutback responsibility. (I’m thinking in particular of one of Tolbert’s big runs this week and Reggie Bush’s runs last week.) I wonder if he one of the guys, ironically, trying to do too much instead of doing his job. Or maybe he’s just not nearly as good playing the Mike. He’s also looked bad trying to make tackles in space, but to a certain extent that is to be expected and his physical limitations are usually outweighed by his other contributions.As noted above, he’s doing well, but not up to the standard of last year. I couldn’t say whether the line playing better would give him more chances to make positive contributions or if the fact he is doing less is one of the reasons they’ve had some struggles (although it must be noted that a lot of the struggles against the run have been with him out of the game).
The issue is that it’s difficult to grade him on stopping the run when he it’s not necessarily his assignment to pursue the ball carrier. You’ll often see Scott crash into the edge of the line presumably to prevent a run from being bounced outside, but then it will seem like the runner will hit the hole that Scott just ran past.
On those plays, that hole should be filled by another player – usually David Harris, but sometimes perhaps Eric Smith or someone else. Similarly, he’ll go into the hole and take out a fullback or a pulling guard, as the runner goes right by him. He’ll sometimes blow the play up by doing this and the runner will get redirected, have nowhere to go and will sometimes even end up getting tackled by Scott, if he gets off his block or anticipates and gets to the runner before the blocker gets to him. On these plays, he has actively affected the play himself. On a lot of plays, he’ll get blocked, but the line will tighten up or someone will make the tackle in the hole. On these plays, he’s done his job and someone else will get the credit. On certain other plays, he’ll do exactly the same thing, but the line will get overwhelmed and Harris or whoever will get stuck in traffic, so the runner will blow though the hole.
A perfect example is the Tolbert run on Sunday. Scott met the fullback on the edge. He didn’t get driven out of the play, but he also didn’t get any penetration, so there was a hole for the runner. Had David Harris been able to react and make the tackle in the hole, the play would not have been successful, so Scott may just have been carrying out his assignment. Unfortunately, on a well designed play, Marcus McNeil ended up driving Harris laterally out of the play, leaving a huge lane up the middle. Similarly, on the Reggie Bush run last week, Scott nearly made the tackle on the edge as Bush bounced the run to the outside, but on that play, his responsibility was the first cutback lane. Scott had done his job and it was Westerman (and then Cromartie) who were responsible for not letting him get to the edge.
Where Scott has faltered this year is that he has been playing in space more, which has led him to perhaps overpursue some runs (although, we can’t know if had an assignment to prevent the runner getting outside and there should have been someone behind him manning the cutback lane). In that situation, he’s been driven out of some running plays by a lineman, but that happens to David Harris all the time. He’s missed some tackles, but is nowhere near the league leaders in that regard (14 other ILBs have as many or more missed tackles). He’s also tackling at a slightly higher rate (one solo tackle every 13.8 snaps – it was over 15 last year). The fact that he is playing in space more may be because they’re trying to prevent him from getting too banged up, or it could just be that they’re trying to be less predictable.
Based on what I’ve seen, Scott is the last guy that I’d suggest was trying to do too much. He seems to carry out a definite assignment on most plays and is rarely caught out of position
Have you noticed that Shonn Greene has lost his helmet in at least 4 straight games, including twice last week? What’s going on there?That is weird. Looking at close-up footage, he had his chinstrap buckled good and tight, so maybe it’s just a sign of how hard he runs into people. I just hope his helmet doesn’t fly off the next time he breaks into the open field, because under the new rules, the play would be whistled dead.
Do you think having Sanchez spiking the ball in that situation was the correct move? I think I would have been more concerned with the loss of down, then with the extra time running off the clock by calling a play at the line of scrimmage. I’m more inclined to have the QB spike when visiting (crowd noise) or when you know you are going to use all four downs.Yes, when I said earlier that they didn’t want to risk leaving time on the clock for the Chargers, the fact they spiked the ball there conflicts with that. Maybe they specifically wanted to huddle up for some reason?
Take a deep look into Schotty’s calls on 2nd & short (2 yards or less) and 2nd & long (10+).I think that with the struggles they’ve endured in getting any momentum over the last few weeks, they saw more value in ensuring they got the first down. Besides, as you said, teams often take a shot on 2nd and short, so the other team would likely have been ready for it. Maybe that’s why they were able to pick up eight yards and three first downs on those three 2nd and short runs. I can also see the benefits in a time consuming drive rather than a quick strike, especially when a few guys are banged up on defense, so you’re likely to tire quicker than usual. If they went deep on 2nd and short and failed, the defense knows to load up on the run, so it immediately makes converting the third down and ending up with another dreaded three and out more likely, so they did well to stay out of those situations.
I believe that the numbers will reflect a phobia that causes distortion in his risk/reward assessments. In other words, he doesn’t take a shot on 2nd & 1 or 2nd & 2. Versus SD, he ran on 2nd & 1 3x for a total of 8 yards. He wants first downs and ball-control and is turnover-phobic.
If the opposing OC is taking shots on second & short they’ll connect part of the time and that’s where we end up at a disadvantage. If it’s not there – throw it away. In actuality, it’s low-risk. Call a rollout so you eliminate a grounding call and minimize a sack. Try to get 20-25 yards. If everything fails…you still have 3rd & 1 or 2.
Also, look at 1st & 15 / 1st & 20 / 2nd & 15. He runs it. He CREATES third and long situations and we’re not built for that.
Also…they passed once on 1st and 15, once on 2nd and 18 and once on 1st and 25, so I don’t see a problem there, either.
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I was at the game so didn’t see any TV coverage. On Greene’s run where he went out of bounds at the end of the game – did he get at all chewed out for this on the sidelines? It’s reminiscent of the playoff game at NE last year where going down would’ve been smarter (though not as exciting) than the TD.The announcers mentioned it and I immediately chastised him for it at home, but I didn’t see him get in any trouble for this. It probably helped that he stayed in the game for the next few plays!
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I was a little surprised that Burress wasn’t in for the 3rd down play that followed. I understand that Rex said they were trying to sell the run, but after catching three TDs in similar situations, Burress would have probably drawn a lot of attention. Nitpicking I know, but what the hell, it’s the bye week!Yes, I’m not sure how Holmes being in the game makes it more likely that they’re going to run anyway. It can’t be his blocking. Is he a more highly respected decoy or something?
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Also, all those neutral zone infractions & offsides the chargers got, did they all look legit? Do you know if they tend to get more of those than most teams? I was amazed (though not unhappy) at how many times this happened.Basically, they kept guessing the snap count and going too soon. It was exactly the same as the Ravens game, but they were never called in the Ravens game. Teams seem to think they have a read on Sanchez’s cadence, so perhaps he should mix it up…or maybe he did and that’s why they jumped. One or two of them looked very tight and Brandon Moore definitely drew one of them off by leaning in to speak to Mangold – which is not necessarily a penalty, but he did move a little abruptly, which is against the rules. I did note that Antwan Barnes actually got away with one that was clearer than most of the ones that did get called, so it could have been six rather than five.
Can you tell what the key adjustments were that Rex and Pettine made at halftime to shut the Chargers down? In the first half the Chargers went 3-and-out on their first drive, then went 14 plays/68 yards and 11 plays/80 yards, both for TDs. After halftime their drives were: 5 plays, 3-and out, 3-and-out, 7 plays (Revis int), 4 plays (Wilson int), 5 plays (turnover on downs).Benching David Harris seemed to work well! (Only kidding). One key personnel adjustment was that Westerman played more (17 of his 23 snaps), not that he did much. Another was that Dixon and Wilkerson played more on the line but Tevaseu played less (only three snaps).
A key factor was that they stopped the run, giving up just 30 yards in the second half. That would seem to be more personnel-driven than anything they did differently. Against the pass, they continued to mix coverages and eventually baited Rivers into a couple of mistakes.
Maybe part of it was simply that Antonio Gates wore down and this made the Chargers one-dimensional with Revis locking down Vincent Jackson.
I know you touched on officiating but can you tell us who was more helped by all the horrible calls? I understand some of the calls could’ve gone either way but were the Jets really helped by the referees like some Chargers claimed?The officials called it pretty tight, but I don’t think there was any really horrible calls to rival what we’ve seen from the likes of Jerome Boger’s crew over the last few weeks. Obviously the Jets were helped more just by the fact that the Chargers had 13 penalties to their eight. A couple of the Jets’ ones were particularly costly, because they negated positive plays, but they weren’t bad calls. Similarly, although some of the neutral zone penalties were called tight, the Chargers should have adjusted to that and never did, so at least the officials called that consistently. As I noted in BGA, Jammer was unlucky with that late flag, but there was a slight push-off and they did miss a call on Holmes earlier on.
I’m going to keep asking this question because I continue to believe in Vladimir Ducasse. After watching Ducasse succeed in the Jumbo TE sets do you now have more confidence that he can become long-term answer as a starter on the right side of the offensive line? Also, did he always line up on the same side? Was he always to the outside as a TE, or did he ever line up at tackle?Ferguson and Hunter were LT and RT on every single play apart from one where they went unbalanced line, so Ferguson was basically a tight end on the right side with Ducasse outside him. Mulligan was essentially the left tackle on this one. Ducasse was moved around. He had three of his ten snaps on the left side. Also, he was the outside of two tight ends three times, the inside guy twice and the only tight end on his side on the other five plays.
After seeing Kerley streak down the sideline with a couple steps on his man do you think he could be the answer to opening things up deep on the outside? Or is he just a threat as a quick and crafty slot receiver? I know his 40-time wasn’t impressive at all, but did he exhibit much better speed than you expected on that play?Kerley is a slot/possession receiver. On that play, he burned Cason because Cason slowed down and appeared to be expecting help. Kerley has speed, but little guys like him aren’t often deep threats, because they can be slowed down by the cornerback at the line.
I had expectations of Marquice Cole performing at a higher level this year. I know he had some personal issues, and missed some of training camp, etc., but is he unable to perform the role that Strickland now has? Strickland seems to suck in coverage, give up many passes and miss tackles. His PI against NE was pretty bad also. His strength has been rushing the passer, his experience, and he knows the system, however I feel like Cole has all these advantages as well. After seeing Drew Coleman with the game winning INT last night, couldn’t we do ourselves a favor by developing one of the younger guys on the squad to play as our 4th CB?No, I think Cole is capable of playing that role, they just happened to go with Strickland this week, perhaps because it was a team he’s familiar with. They’ll probably keep swapping between those two all year, unless one really outshines the other. Cole got those reps last week and did reasonably well.
As for Drew Coleman, you’ll get a more complete update on him when I do the Expendables Update early next week. This week was his best game. I don’t think they miss him.
I’m confused with Pace’s play this year. Rex and TJB say he’s playing well. Rex said he had his best game of the year against the Chargers. When I go on PFF they grade him out negatively. How is he really playing?Here’s another take on Pace’s play. These weekly articles are really good if you enjoy analysis of this kind and the author also routinely gets some interesting quotes from former coaches of the players he focuses on.
In terms of PFF, this was actually the first week he had a bad grade. He has been playing well, whether you look at their ratings or his statistical production.
On Sunday, he got caught out a few times and didn’t generate much pressure, which is always going to give you a negative grade. However, he was in there for every snap and other than those few plays, he did his job and PFF’s system won’t take into account how difficult that job was. He wasn’t as consistent as he has been earlier in the year, but if – as I predicted – he’s going to take on a more BT-like role over the rest of the year, he’s going to get challenged. While he lost out a few times, the team was successful overall and couldn’t have done that without his contribution, so I can see where Rex was going with his praise – which would have been before he’d looked at the film in detail.
Because I know you like Eric Weddle, I have a question: Do you think Eric’s still hearing train whistles or a cuckoo clock after the War Machine plowed him under the Metlife Stadium turf?I don’t actually like Weddle, I think he’s kind of a punk. However, I did say back when he was set to be drafted that he was going to be a great DB and a value pick, so I was right on that one, although I take no credit whatsoever for that, because it was pretty obvious to anyone that ever saw him play at Utah.
Greene definitely lit him up, that’s for sure. He missed three snaps after that, which is notable because they’re the first snaps he’s missed all year.
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