Just had a few notes and they’re a little too big to tweet. Nothing happy, I’m afraid.
1. TRich still stops.
This was something we noticed from watching him at Alabama and last year too (mute before click). I’m moving past benefit of doubt, e.g., “he’s setting up his blockers.” T-Rich doesn’t attack holes. There is zero Marshawn Lynch in his game. No beast mode.
In this clip you’ll see him hesitate before a d-back attempts to tackle him. HE HIMSELF STOPS HIS MOMENTUM. This makes it 1000x easier for a smaller man to bring him down.
When you’re Trent’s size, your size/inertia/momenta/strength are why you were drafted third overall; not your elusiveness. Is there no coach in Berea to speak with him about this?
2. Attacking aggressive 3-4 defense not scary to good QB.
We’ve covered how good QBs exploit the cheats inheriting in a blitz-based defense.
What separates … elite quarterbacks from the pack?… It’s their reads, both defenses and progressions. They’ll recognize a blitz and punish it. You give them time to go through their progression, they’ll find the open guy. The thinking of ‘we can disguise where the rush is coming from with a 3-4′ is questionable. Most teams play a 3-4; all QBs have seen it, good QBs can read it.
While Luck felt some heat from the Browns’ pressure, I wouldn’t say it stopped Luck from getting the ball where he wanted it. (Eleven targets to Reggie Wayne in first half.)
3. Defense doesnt get to pick CB matchups: TY Hilton drew Joe Haden while Buster Skine got Reggie Wayne.
I’ve seen a lot comments about how Haden is CB1 and so CB2 doesn’t matter that much. Or how Skrine can just cover slot guys. The fallacy here is that OCs are just going to go along with that. Here’s the deal: OCs watch hours of film looking exactly for an ah-ha moment and then go to town. The Browns’ corps of 5-9 CB2s is a major ah-hah moment for opposing OCs. (Eleven targets to Reggie Wayne in first half.)
4. Alec Ogletree having great game for Rams in Denver.
Every time I look up he’s breaking up a pass or returning a fumble for a TD. His first half line (against the Broncos/Manning mind you): 6 Tackles, 4 Solos, 2 TFL, 2 PD, 1 FF, 1 INT, and 1 TD.