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In Topic: Panthers Working Out WR Tysson Poots

19 November 2014 - 01:00 PM

Why does that name instantly remind me of a Shrek character? 

In Topic: Dumpster Fire

18 November 2014 - 11:55 AM

Every offensive play is designed to work and gain a particular minimum yardage.  Same with defense, every play is designed to work and hold to a particular maximum yardage.  The most common theme to a plays success is purely execution and players winning their individual matchups.  Ideally, you should know before the game starts where you have an advantage, is there a spot on the line where you maul, a WR/DB matchup with significant speed/height advantage and vice versa for defense.  You would think both teams should have some awareness and sense of expectation of where they'll be on the losing side of a matchup week to week and get help to that area accordingly.  I.E. double coverage, chip blocking, max protection, gimmicks, blitzing, zone coverage, read option are all adjustments to make up for deficiencies in personnel.  


The problem is Shula doesn't seem to recognize who is "winning" or "exceed expectations" game to game.  Stewart has clearly been the better back but he isn't fed and we see DeAngelo far more that we should.  Kelvin hasn't been involved in the last two games until the 4th quarter.  We don't continue to run when the run is working.  We continue to attempt to force the ball down field over and over on 3rd down instead of manufacturing offense with plays that have already worked.  One thing you hear often in the NFL is do it until they stop you.  We do it until we anticipate they will stop us and then try to get cute, which most often has resulted in worse failure than we would have had if we just hadn't got cute.  Example, throwing an interception on 3rd on 2 after back to back 4 yard runs.  We anticipated they would gear up to stop the run on 3rd on 2 so we try to exploit that anticipation with a pass, however, everyone knows Shula didn't have the brass to just pound it, so press coverage resulted in an INT.  If we just run the ball there, and make them stop us we have a really good crack at converting that 3rd and moving on.


Play calling doesn't have to be so difficult.  Examine what's working and keep going back to it.  The player that's getting beat isn't going to suddenly get physically better, the other team will have to adjust to create a different outcome leaving new holes to exploit.  This is what good play callers do IMO.

In Topic: 9 defenders all thinking run up the middle....

17 November 2014 - 04:18 PM

Passing on 3rd and 2 isn't necessarily a bad strategy. Throwing it 40 yards downfield on 3rd and 2, however, usually is.



I get that, just stating that attempting a rush on 3rd and short isn't a bad strategy either, and we didn't attempt a rush on a single 3rd down yesterday until the very last one when everyone in the stadium knew what was coming.  Here's the 3rd down log for the game.  I've bolded the really interesting plays, apart from Cam's scamble on 3rd & 2 we never attempted a rush until Stew's fateful stuff in the 4th quarter.



1st drive-

Interception on 3rd & 6


2nd drive-

Convert a 3rd & 9 and 3rd & 3 by pass, stall on 3rd & 4 incomplete to Olsen


3rd drive-

Convert 3rd & 2 by scamble, stall on 3 & 7 incomplete to Cotchery


4th drive-

Sacked on 3rd & 4


5th drive-

Intercepted on 3rd & 2 after back to back 4 yards runs by DeAngelo


6th drive-

Stall on 3rd & 3 incomplete to Olsen after DeAngelo carried for 8 yards on previous play.


7th drive-

Stall on 3rd & 4 incomplete to Cotchery


8th drive-

Stall on 3rd & 5 incomplete to Olsen after Fozzy carried for 5 yards the previous play.


9th drive-

Stall on 3rd & 5 incomplete to Olsen


10th drive-

No third downs faced - TD to Benjamin


11th drive-

No third downs faced - TD to Philly


12th drive-

3rd & 5, we finally run and everyone knows it's coming!  WE LOSE

In Topic: 9 defenders all thinking run up the middle....

17 November 2014 - 03:40 PM

Crazy thing is we passed incomplete on 3rd & 2 several times after successful runs on 1st and/or 2nd down.  I was plain angry that we were going against the grain on 3rd and short.  Finally when it's the least achievable of the day at 3rd and 5 we dial up the run.  I literally laughed out loud as I knew it was coming just as certain as I knew the incomplete pass was coming on the all the previous 3rd and shorts.  

In Topic: Draft position will be markedly better than last year.

17 November 2014 - 11:56 AM

Yes, let's draft Cooper and make the mistake of ignoring the offensive line like the Falcons did when they drafted Julio. What good is a star WR if you don't have enough time to get the ball to him?


The Falcons are in 1st place NFCS, haven't you heard?

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