First play: 2nd and 4 [1st Q]
Bears playing double tights, Marshall out right.
Seems to me we are playing 1 deep zone [naka is about 75 yards back], since godfrey[i think] is coming in off a poorly disguised blitz off the "weak" side. Mike/Sam/Will do a good job of getting back and sitting into their hook zones. I dont like that Norman is off the ball that much on the other side, but usually the slant wont be to the back side if you are in double tights and the Will is obviously going to sit, as well as the possibility of Godfrey to sell out, with Naka rolling coverage towards Marshall.
The problem, which cutler and everyone else on the planet knows, is you have captain Munnerlyn [5'8'' with cleats on] one-on-one against the billboard that is Brandon Marshall. Capt immediately looks for cutlers eyes, gives Brandon Marshall no bump even though he is lined up tight, and cutler creams his pants and makes this throw likely with his eyes closed. jimmy clausen couldve done this.
Second play @0:19: 1st and 10 [1st Q]
Double tights again under center. We have 1 deep again with Godfrey coming off the edge again
Our CB's are playing 6 yards off [first down, w/e] with Nakamura of course playing back in section 543. Keuchly didnt' get back quick enough, and with Norman giving Marshall inside leverage coupled with Naka way back, the post is another easy pick up.
Overall, this play was just the wrong call at the wrong time.
Play @1:05 1st and 10 [4th Q]
Bears run strong I formation, we stack the strong side of the field.
Marshall is out there all alone with the rookie Norman giving proper cushion, but of course naka starts out way out of frame[common occurance].
Our linebackers freeze on the play action and Naka apparently thinks its a hail mary play because there is no excuse for the separation between him and Norman when Marshall catches the ball, even if it was a comeback route.
Play @1:39 3rd and 8 [4th Q]
Bears run a 5 receiver set, naturally we have 2 deep.
Specifically we are running a tampa 2 right here as you can see Keek digs deeper in his zone. This allowed the bears to clear out the outsides and allow Marshall to be matched up against TD with a "hole" route. Basically he decides to go outside or inside based on where the hole is. Easy throw and catch.
Basically this is the defense we should have been running in the other plays, and vice versa.
Then the painful part:
basically from 2:11-on we run a basic cover 2 bend but dont break. The problem with this is that cover 2 usually tries to get the CB's to physically engage and re route the WR with the confidence that the safety will not let anyone get behind him. The problem with that is they only needed a field goal, but our safetys sat. Anyone whos ever played the WR will tell you about the gap that the cover 2 creates, this is easily exploitable mostly on fly routes. Since we were 7 yards off, its more of the throw and catch you saw earlier...
I know ive been over this before, just wanted to get more in depth. Yes we had rookie players and an idiot[naka] back there. but the playcalling is suspect to say the least, and the evolution[learning] throughout the game was even more suspect. I dont see how you can even expect that not to happen if you dont roll tight coverage to the billboards side and make the #2 take the heat.
Ive been drinking heavily since its exam week and for some reason wanted to go back and look at the utter failure that was our Defense vs Brandon Marshall. Notice that these are quick catch and throw plays except for one, so DLine inability isnt really a factor.