Re: Is it play calling or lack of execution??
posted at 9/25/2010 1:26 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Is it play calling or lack of execution??
[QUOTE]The problem is that we don't have game film, so it's really hard to make educated judgments. I just went over to NFL.com and watched the Cromartie interception a few times (along with the annoying Geico ad). It's only one play so it doesn't tell us anything close to the full story, but here are a few guesses about what may have been happening based on my analysis of just this one play. First, here's what happened on the play: The Jets rushed five on this play, but it wasn't a true blitz because the fifth rusher held back until he was sure Faulk wasn't coming out of the backfield, then rushed late. Brady had plenty of time. The Pats sent only three receivers--Moss and Welker from the right side and someone else (Hernandez or Tate maybe--couldn't see the number) from the left. Gronk (left side) and Faulk (right side) stayed in to block. Gronk had no one to pick up, however, since the rush came from the right. Gronk did not release though--it seems to me that he would have been more useful if he had released toward the middle of the field, but I don't know his assignment. The Jets had six in coverage
--three guys went with the unidentified Patriot lined up on the left side (who seemed to be running a deep route); two covered Welker in the middle of the field; and Moss was single covered by Cromartie. Brady seems to focus in on the right side of the field, looking for either Welker or Moss (I don't think he ever looks left). Welker didn't get open (double coverage over the middle). When Brady winds up to throw to Moss, Moss is about even with Cromartie along the sideline. This seems like a good decision since you'd expect Moss to beat Cromartie
downfield and it's only single coverage with no safety help. Here's what I draw from this play: On this play at least, the Jets were not concerned with Moss or the deep ball. They were much more focused on the short routes. It was the short routes that were killing them in the first half, so they were probably trying to take them away in the second half.
The Jets lined up like they'd overload Brady's right side, but didn't blitz aggressively and the fifth rusher was clearly prepared to drop into short coverage if need be. Moss didn't execute well--he should have been able to beat Cromartie, though Cromartie does seem to use the sideline well to block Moss. Brady made a reasonable decision and a good throw (if Moss was ahead, it would have been a touchdown) Brady had good protection--blocking was good. Gronk would have been the other option besides Moss on the play, but neither Brady or Gronk seemed to think he was an option (Gronk didn't release and Brady never looked toward him)
. I assume he was there just to block. However, had he released he may have been an open short option or may have pulled coverage in the middle away from Welker. Overall, this seems to be more execution (Cromartie outplayed Moss) than play calling--but I wonder about the use of Gronk on the play.
Given that the Jets sent six into coverage, maybe the play should have been designed to allow Gronk to release. Six on four would have been better than six on three.
Plus Gronk could have given Brady a higher-percentage short option rather than a lower-percentage deep pass. In general, the Pats appeared to use more deep passes in the second half (probably because the Jets were focusing more on taking away short options). The Pats couldn't execute on the deep passes, however. The learning may be you beat the Pats by taking away short passes and the run because their deep game isn't good enough.
Posted by prolate0spheroid[/QUOTE]
This was happening the entire 2nd half. They doubled or flooded the zone for short routes and played Moss man with Cromar. We didn't take advantage of that as you say by sending Gronk/AH in the flat. Where was Edelman? Where was Tate. We did not call the correct plays to get other guys the ball. We sent out 3 receivers with 6 guys staying home to protect either a 3-4 or 5 man rush. It wasn't working. We need to adjust better.