Re: Jermaine Wiggins on Seattle's final TD
posted at 10/17/2012 8:25 AM EDT
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
ccnsd, I watched the film of that play last night. Ebner was actually covering the half of the field (right side from the defense's perspective) away from Rice and was making a valiant effort to get over and help out the left side of the secondary. He deserves no blame on that play. On the left side, you had two breakdowns. First, McCourty tries to chuck Rice five yards down the field and makes weak contact. The awkward looking chuck doesn't slow Rice at all, but in trying to hit Rice, McCourty gets himself twisted and out of position, so Rice just blows by him. McCourty then seems to give up on the play, not making a strong effort to catch back up (it almost looks like he's settling into an underneath zone, but there's no receiver anywhere near him). Wilson meanwhile runs toward Rice but slightly overruns the play taking one too many steps toward the sideline. Rice then cuts inward leaving Wilson completely out of position and is able to blow by Wilson leaving Rice wide open with no one over the top. The coverage failures were on McCourty and Wilson on that play. Ebner and the other corner (Dennard? Couldn't see number on film) were actually in good position for their half of the field.
Update. Just looked at the Wiggins' tape. Wiggins seems to be a bit less critical of McCourty, implying that he was supposed to stay underneath the play (kind of bracketing Rice with Wilson over the top and McCourty underneath). This may very well be the case, but personally, I think McCourty was giving way too much space to Rice. Coverage was so loose I don't see how McCourty could have made a play on the ball.
couple of things Pro that Wiggens was right in about McCourty.
First - you were right McCourty should have either been up jamming the line or set back covering the deep route. That 5yds back with a elbow check is idiotic but all the CB's were doing that all game so I put that on the coaching not on McCourty.
Second - in the cover 2 the 2 S's have the deep coverage with the WR's having the underneath coverage. This is intentionally because at that point in the game the last things you want to do is give up a dump pass where the guy has all day to run or give up the sidelines so they can step out. Ideally in a cover 2 you want to make the deep outs make a choice, do they run the inside post where you could have 2 S's coverging and the CB behind to undercut the ball if underthrown or do they make an awkward 45 degree turn to the sides lines making it practicully impossible to see a pass coming over your should and forcing the QB to be perfect with the throw. As such McCourty's job was the take away the outside lane forcing the WR inside initially but also stay within 10-15 yds of the line to prevent a dump off on the flat. This limits any dump offs to the middle of the field where coverage should be able to get to them for a short gain while keeping the clock going. McCourty did his job there
Third - Because McCourty saw that Wilson had taken the worst possible angle, giving up the middle of the field, McCourty looks late to the party trailing behind Rice. If Wilson stood his ground and forced Rice to make the choice McCourty was in good position to take away the underneath on both the outside and inside. Since there should have been coverage over top Wilson's only options would have been to make a perfect pass or slightly under throw it under coverage (if he didn't notice McCourty). With McCourty playing the under route there is a good shot WIlson wouldn't have even noticed him and most likely would have made Rice try to come back to the ball. If he did McCourty would have had an easy PD or even a chance at an int
Really it was Wilson who messed this up and he messed it up big time. Wilson has potential but this play also shows how much work he needs and why people were scratching their heads when BB took him in the second