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76Texan
06-28-2011, 05:56 PM
I thought about skipping this game.
I don't think it's a good idea to evaluate CB play against a QB like R. Smith, but let's do it anyway.

After a while, I don't think that I'll have time to go over everything.
So shortly afterwards, I will just keep the plays that are relevant to the CBs, and maybe a few others.

.....


Houston Texans at 15:00, (1st play from scrimmage 14:55)

1-10-HST 25 (14:55) M.Schaub pass short middle to A.Johnson to HST 30 for 5 yards (S.Tulloch).

Schaub wanted to get AJ involved early so he wne with a quick short pass in the hole in front the MLB.

(sounds like that was the game plan, because that's what both analysts said; as they normally would have talked with team members from both sides the day before or on game day.)

Schaub could have waited for either Dreesen or Walter on routes that would gain more.


2-5-HST 30 (14:28) M.Schaub pass short right to A.Johnson to HST 35 for 5 yards and a first down (C.Finnegan). P1

Naked bootleg.
The LDE didn't buy the fake.
He stayed home to force Schaub to go quickly with an underneath route to AJ.
Good for a first down on Finegan.


1-10-HST 35 (13:52) A.Foster right guard to HST 39 for 4 yards (A.Verner).


2-6-HST 39 (13:17) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass incomplete short middle to A.Johnson (G.McRath) [J.Babin].

Both DEs beat our OTs.Schaub threw the ball away.


3-6-HST 39 (13:12) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short middle to A.Foster to TEN 42 for 19 yards (W.Hayes). P2

Schaub picked up the safety nlitz that left the middle open for Foster to gain 19 on a quick pass up the middle.


1-10-TEN 42 (12:35) D.Ward right tackle to TEN 41 for 1 yard (G.McRath; S.Marks).
2-9-TEN 41 (12:02) A.Foster left end to TEN 37 for 4 yards (S.Tulloch, M.Griffin).


3-5-TEN 37 (11:21) M.Schaub pass incomplete short middle to J.Jones.

Titans took away Schaub primary target AJ with a double team.
Schaub was a little nervous about the 5-man rush and side-arm a throw to JJ just out of his reach.


4-5-TEN 37 (11:15) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short middle to A.Johnson to TEN 35 for 2 yards (J.McCourty).

Another 5-man blitz forced Schaub to dump the ball off early.

The LDE had beaten Winston while the LDT had a push on Brisiel.
Schaub had the TE open downfield, but couldn't step up the pocket and couldn't wait any longer.

PUNT

*** Note here that none of the Titans CB did anything to stop this drive.
Finnegan gave up a first down.

76Texan
06-28-2011, 06:08 PM
Tennessee Titans at 11:10
Titans got the ball at their 35.


1-10-TEN 35 (11:10) R.Smith sacked at TEN 35 for 0 yards (M.Williams).

Good push up the middle by both Cody and Okoye.
Mario bulled the LT into the RB C and onto the ground.
He then leaped over the dead body to make the sack.


2-10-TEN 35 (10:39) C.Johnson left tackle to TEN 40 for 5 yards (B.Pollard).

As is often, Mario shut down his side.
As is also often, A. Smith lost his containment as the runner cut back to the other side for 5.


3-5-TEN 40 (10:39) (Shotgun) PENALTY on TEN-M.Roos, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at TEN 40 - No Play.


3-10-TEN 35 (9:36) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass incomplete deep middle to J.Gage (K.Jackson).

Titans in single back shotgun spread, one receiver left (RCB Allen on him);
TE right, slot right, split right (3x1 formation).

The Texans brought Pollard up on a 5-man zone blitz.
They dropped nickel back Quin, and the two OLBs (yes, OLBs - Anderson and Mario) into 2 underneath zones.
The two CBs dropped deep together wirh Wilson to form a 3-deep zone.

On play side, there's the TE as the most inside receiver, the slot receiver in the middle, and the outside receiver.

The TE ran a post route, taking away Wilson.

They flooded Jackson's deep 1/3 zone with a fly route by the outside receiver down the side line and a seam route by the slot receiver Gage.

The QB Rusty, with plenty of time, went for the slot receiver.
Jackson read the QB's eyes, broke off the outside route to come back and deliver a blow to the intended target, jarring the ball loose from the slot receiver for an incompletion.

If only the Texans safeties can play it as well as Jackson did.
He got two receivers threatening him deep (one on either side) and was still able defend the pattern by himself.


4-10-TEN 35 (9:28) B.Kern punts 56 yards to HST 9, Center-K.Amato. J.Jones to HST 23 for 14 yards (R.Mouton; R.Curran).
(The punt hangtime was 4.3 seconds.)

EllisUnit
06-28-2011, 06:59 PM
isnt this the game Quinn picked off rusty 3 times ? Videos are the best way to get through to someone, yeah it can say Incomplete pass to whoeve covered by K. Jackson, but that means squat, why was it incomplete i know it wasnt because of Jacksons superior coverage skills.

76Texan
06-28-2011, 07:12 PM
Tennessee Titans at 11:10
Titans got the ball at their 35.



3-10-TEN 35 (9:36) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass incomplete deep middle to J.Gage (K.Jackson).

Titans in single back shotgun spread, one receiver left (RCB Allen on him);
TE right, slot right, split right (3x1 formation).

The Texans brought Pollard up on a 5-man zone blitz.
They dropped nickel back Quin, and the two OLBs (yes, OLBs - Anderson and Mario) into 2 underneath zones.
The two CBs dropped deep together wirh Wilson to form a 3-deep zone.

On play side, there's the TE as the most inside receiver, the slot receiver in the middle, and the outside receiver.

The TE ran a post route, taking away Wilson.

They flooded Jackson's deep 1/3 zone with a fly route by the outside receiver down the side line and a seam route by the slot receiver Gage.

The QB Rusty, with plenty of time, went for the slot receiver.
Jackson read the QB's eyes, broke off the outside route to come back and deliver a blow to the intended target, jarring the ball loose from the slot receiver for an incompletion.

If only the Texans safeties can play it as well as Jackson did.
He got two receivers threatening him deep (one on either side) and was still able defend the pattern by himself.



It is most likely that Wilson who came in afterward that knocked the ball loose. I'm going to assume that it was the case.

Nonetheless, it did not take away from Jackson's excellent play.
If Jackson had continue to run with the outside receiver a little longer, that would have been a completion, probably for about 30 yards.

And there's no telling if Wilson can make the tackle.

At any rate, I was wrong about not being to judge a CB's ability with a QB like R. Smith.

When the QB has all the time in the world, a clear passing lane, delivering the ball on time and on the numbers, it always qualifies as a true test for a CB.

(And here, I agree that it's not a good idea to drop Mario back too often instead of having him rushing the passer.)

Another note here is that nickel back Quin dropped to the flat, covering grass when all 3 receiving threats on his side were running away from his zone. This is not a good scheme or poor execution of whatever scheme the DC meant to run. And it all comes back to Frank Bush!

76Texan
06-28-2011, 07:20 PM
isnt this the game Quinn picked off rusty 3 times ? Videos are the best way to get through to someone, yeah it can say Incomplete pass to whoeve covered by K. Jackson, but that means squat, why was it incomplete i know it wasnt because of Jacksons superior coverage skills.

You are too impatient, LOL!
We're only early in the game. The INTS will come later!

Why don't you put up some video clips then!

I've already said I don't know how and it only gives you one part of the story. But it can really help.

I've also said in the Jets game thread that anybody (including EU) is welcome to put up video clips or pictures or comments. So, be my guest.

76Texan
06-28-2011, 07:27 PM
Houston Texans at 9:16

1-10-HST 23 (9:16) M.Schaub pass incomplete short left to V.Leach [M.Griffin].

Safety's blitz forced Schaub to throw the ball away.


2-10-HST 23 (9:08) M.Schaub pass deep middle to A.Johnson to HST 44 for 21 yards
(C.Hope, M.Griffin). P3

Schaub threw a perfect pass into the zone as AJ turned inside from Finnegan and in front of the safety.


1-10-HST 44 (8:29) A.Foster left tackle to HST 45 for 1 yard (S.Tulloch).
2-9-HST 45 (7:52) A.Foster right end pushed ob at TEN 48 for 7 yards (J.McCourty).
3-2-TEN 48 (7:21) A.Foster right tackle to TEN 44 for 4 yards (S.Tulloch, C.Hope). R4
1-10-TEN 44 (6:45) A.Foster left end to TEN 43 for 1 yard (M.Griffin).



2-9-TEN 43 (6:05) M.Schaub pass incomplete short left to A.Johnson
.
Another safety blitz forced Schaub to throw the ball early and innacurate to AJ in a double-team.
The Texans needed to adjust to all these blitzes.


3-9-TEN 43 (5:59) (Shotgun) PENALTY on HST-E.Winston, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at TEN 43 - No Play.


3-14-TEN 48 (5:59) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short middle to J.Jones to TEN 44 for 4 yards (A.Verner, S.Tulloch).

The Texans were tentative/conservative early, running 4 very shallow routes.
Really, Kubiak?
All short routes on 3rd and 14?


4-10-TEN 44 (5:22) M.Turk punts 44 yards to end zone, Center-J.Weeks, Touchback. (The punt hangtime was 4.6 seconds.)


A note here is that you hear double-team and safety a lot (or at least more often) when the opponent defends our offense as opposed to how the Texnas D play.

76Texan
06-28-2011, 07:35 PM
Tennessee Titans at 5:13
1-10-TEN 20 (5:13) C.Johnson right tackle to TEN 19 for -1 yards (B.Cushing, Z.Diles)
.

2-11-TEN 19 (4:42) R.Smith pass incomplete short right to N.Washington.
Miscommunication between QB/WR on a short route.
Quin had good coverage anyway.


3-11-TEN 19 (4:37) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short middle to B.Scaife to TEN 29 for 10 yards ( K.Bentley).

A quick short pass into the zone.
The Texans converged with 3 players from 3 sides.
Bentley in the middle made the first hit;
Cushing helicoptered Scaife to stop him just short of the first down.

4-1-TEN 29 (3:54) B.Kern punts 50 yards to HST 21, Center-K.Amato. J.Jones to HST 22 for 1 yard (P.Bailey). (The punt hangtime was 4.7 seconds.)

76Texan
06-28-2011, 07:39 PM
Houston Texans at 3:42


1-10-HST 22 (3:42) A.Foster right tackle to HST 26 for 4 yards (W.Hayes).
Foster's foot got caught in the turf.

2-6-HST 26 P5 (3:07) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short middle to A.Johnson to HST 35 for 9 yards (M.Griffin, W.Witherspoon) [W.Hayes].

Quick pass to AJ for a first down in the underneath zone.


1-10-HST 35 (2:29) M.Schaub pass short right to A.Foster to HST 36 for 1 yard (G.McRath, S.Tulloch).
2-9-HST 36 (1:48) A.Foster right tackle to HST 39 for 3 yards (C.Hope).


3-6-HST 39 (1:09) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short left to A.Foster to HST 44 for 5 yards (A.Verner).
Titans weren't fooled by the screen. Foster was a yd short of the first down.

Timeout #1 by HST at 00:21.
(:21) M.Turk punts 52 yards to TEN 4, Center-J.Weeks, downed by HST-S.Keglar. (The punt hangtime was 4.5
seconds.)

76Texan
06-28-2011, 07:53 PM
Tennessee Titans at 0:08

1-10-TEN 4 (:08) C.Johnson up the middle to TEN 2 for -2 yards (B.Cushing).



END OF QUARTER

Second Quarter
11/28/2010
Tennessee Titans continued

2-12-TEN 2 (15:00) R.Smith pass deep right intended for N.Washington INTERCEPTED by G.Quin at TEN 35. G.Quin to TEN 25 for 10 yards (A.Hall).

LDT Okoye penetrated ahead of the LG, allowing NT Cody plenty of room to loop around and get into the QB's face.

R. Smith couldn't step into his throw and left the ball up in the air for Quin to make the play.

It was a very good play by Quin to be sure; but let's not forget that if the QB had time, that would have been either a long completion or an incompletion. Why?
A decent pass to the outside could have seen quite a different result.
Quin had depth, but the receiver had a lot of space on the outside.

76Texan
06-28-2011, 07:54 PM
the INT set up the Texans at the Titans 25.

Houston Texans at 14:49
1-10-TEN 25 (14:49) M.Schaub pass short right to V.Leach to TEN 18 for 7 yards (M.Griffin) [J.Babin].

2-3-TEN 18 (14:12) A.Foster left tackle to TEN 17 for 1 yard (G.McRath).

3-2-TEN 17 (13:33) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short right to A.Foster to TEN 1 for 16 yards (A.Verner). P6

1-1-TEN 1 (12:51) M.Schaub pass short middle to J.Dreessen for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN. P7\
Both ILBs bit the play action fake.

N.Rackers extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-M.Turk.
TEN 0 HST 7, 4 plays, 25 yards, 2:02 drive, 2:13 elapsed

drs23
06-28-2011, 09:06 PM
4-10-TEN 35 (9:28) B.Kern punts 56 yards to HST 9, Center-K.Amato. J.Jones to HST 23 for 14 yards (R.Mouton; R.Curran).
(The punt hangtime was 4.3 seconds.)

Wish we had a punter. 'Bout Henry outta FL?

76Texan
06-29-2011, 03:18 PM
Wish we had a punter. 'Bout Henry outta FL?

The Texans could have made him Mr. Irrelevant!

76Texan
06-29-2011, 03:20 PM
The INT set up the Texans at the Titans 25.

Houston Texans at 14:49

1-10-TEN 25 (14:49) M.Schaub pass short right to V.Leach to TEN 18 for 7 yards (M.Griffin) [J.Babin].

2-3-TEN 18 (14:12) A.Foster left tackle to TEN 17 for 1 yard (G.McRath).

3-2-TEN 17 (13:33) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short right to A.Foster to TEN 1 for 16 yards (A.Verner). P6

1-1-TEN 1 (12:51) M.Schaub pass short middle to J.Dreessen for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN. P7\

Both ILBs bit the play action fake.

N.Rackers extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-M.Turk.
TEN 0 HST 7, 4 plays, 25 yards, 2:02 drive, 2:13 elapsed

76Texan
06-29-2011, 03:25 PM
N.Rackers kicks 70 yards from HST 30 to TEN 0. M.Mariani pushed ob at TEN 27 for 27 yards (J.Casey).

Tennessee Titans at 12:47, (1st play from scrimmage 12:40)

1-10-TEN 27 (12:40) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass incomplete short right to N.Washington.

Pass slightly high.
A good pass and a good catch "might" gain about 10-11 here.
Or Jackson can put a hit to jarr the ball loose from the receiver.

Both Quin and Jackson were doing the shuffle back into their respective outside deep 1/3 in cover 3.
Wilson shaded to Quin's side a little as there were 2 receivers on that side while on Jackson's side there was a receiver and a TE. Quin also got help from a LB jamming the receiver.

The ball was thrown to Jackson's side to the receiver who was free to run a a skinny post..
Jackson reacted back well; he had a chance to put a hit on the receiver.
(Note that I said it still was a good chance for a gain of 10 or 11 if it was a good pass.)

Nothing was definite here.
All it shows is that Jackson read and reacted well.
Especially considering that the TE ran a quick out route to the flat where Jackson also had to be concerned with (as it can beome a wheel route - out and up along the side line.)


2-10-TEN 27 (12:35) R.Smith pass incomplete short middle to R.Moss (G.Quin).

Quin broke off the pass that would have gained some 12-14 yards.
Good play?
Yeah, if you consider the side-bar as a legal play in football.
Replay clearly showed that Quin wrapped his left arm around the receiver waist to reach around to get to the ball.

I've talked about this often.
It's good if our CBs can push the envelope (like they all do throughout the NFL).
But in evaluating CB's play, you want to see how the pass was defended.
If you're a fan with integrity, you want the ref to call it consistently.
This is another case of the rule being put there only to have high potential for being abuse (and I am talking about the refs.)


3-10-TEN 27 (12:29) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short left to R.Moss ran ob at TEN 41 for 14 yards and a first down.

Allen misread the play and abandoned his outside zone to help Quin on the slot receiver.
If Moss hadn't fallen down, he could have gained at least another 5 yards before Nolan arrived.

The idea of jumping to help is good, but Quin was already in good position to defend the play.
It would have been better for Allen to make sure the opponent doesn't get a first down so the defense can get off the field. This would give the offense good field position.

It's quite possible that the pass was intended for the slot receiver but the QB overthrew it and the outside receiver caught it. Then it's a good read by Allen, but the reaction wasn't so good as he misjudged the line on the ball.

First down Titans.


1-10-TEN 41 (12:00) N.Washington left end to TEN 33 for -8 yards (E.Mitchell).

Titans tried a reverse.
LDT Okoye penetrated ahead of the RG, took him all the way to the other side (play side), shutting it down.
Mario was also nearby to contain, a few yards back.
Mitchell recovered very quickly (he had originally attacked the opposite side) and came over for the tackle (8yd loass).
The play was possible due to Okoye, however.


2-18-TEN 33 (11:17) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short left to C.Johnson to TEN 36 for 3 yards (K.Bentley).

Good reaaction by Bentley.


3-15-TEN 36 (10:38) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short middle to J.Ringer to TEN 40 for 4 yards (B.Cushing).

Good read and jump by Cushing from the hole (the Texans were taking deep drop as it was 3rd and 15).
Both Quin and Jackson also reacted well.
Either one of them could have made the play to stop it short of the first down.


4-11-TEN 40 (10:00) B.Kern punts 40 yards to HST 20, Center-K.Amato. J.Jones pushed ob at HST 29 for 9 yards (A.Hall). (The punt hangtime was 3.7 seconds.)

76Texan
06-29-2011, 03:28 PM
Houston Texans at 9:48


1-10-HST 29 (9:48) A.Foster up the middle to HST 42 for 13 yards (C.Hope). R8


1-10-HST 42 (9:07) A.Foster left guard pushed ob at TEN 49 for 9 yards (C.Hope).
Finegan was blocked in by AJ, giving up the outside.


2-1-TEN 49 (8:41) D.Ward left guard to TEN 47 for 2 yards (J.Babin). R9


1-10-TEN 47 (8:02) D.Ward left guard to TEN 33 for 14 yards (C.Hope). R10
AJ with another good block on Finnegan.


1-10-TEN 33 (7:18) D.Ward left tackle to TEN 16 for 17 yards (M.Griffin; W.Witherspoon). TEN-W.Witherspoon was injured during the play

1-10-TEN 16 (6:47) A.Foster left tackle to TEN 16 for no gain (A.Verner).
Somebody caught D. Brown left leg accidentally and he fell. blocking Foster.


2-10-TEN 16 (6:10) M.Schaub pass short left to J.Dreessen to TEN 11 for 5 yards (T.Shaw) [S.Marks].

3-5-TEN 11 (5:29) M.Schaub pass short left to A.Foster to TEN 2 for 9 yards (C.Hope). P12


1-2-TEN 2 (4:47) M.Schaub pass short right to A.Johnson for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN. P13

CB Finnegan lost AJ on a slant route accross the back of the end zone.Commentator: He just runs away from Finegan


N.Rackers extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-M.Turk.
TEN 0 HST 14, 9 plays, 71 yards, 5:06 drive, 10:18 elapsed
N.Rackers kicks 63 yards from HST 30 to TEN 7. M.Mariani to TEN 29 for 22 yards (S.Keglar).

76Texan
06-29-2011, 03:31 PM
Tennessee Titans at 4:42, (1st play from scrimmage 4:33)


1-10-TEN 29 (4:33) J.Ringer left guard to TEN 31 for 2 yards (A.Smith, B.Cushing).
Cushing Period.


2-8-TEN 31 (4:00) J.Ringer left guard to TEN 45 for 14 yards (B.Pollard, E.Wilson).
PENALTY on TEN-L.Harris, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at TEN 31 - No Play.

A Smith lost the back side


2-18-TEN 21 (3:29) J.Ringer up the middle to TEN 29 for 8 yards (B.Pollard; E.Wilson).

Mario beat the LT but the RB made him miss


3-10-TEN 29 (2:42) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short right to J.Gage to TEN 41 for 12 yards (E.Wilson). P2

Jackson broke off his man to come in and help seal off the outside.
However, Quin missed the tackle in his zone, allowing the first down.
Here, Quin could have helped get the D off the field.
Jackson broke off his man to come in and help seal off the outside.

Two-Minute Warning


1-10-TEN 41 (2:00) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short left to R.Moss pushed ob at TEN 49 for 8 yards (J.Allen)

From the shuffle, Allen couldnt react back quickly enough to the short are behind him to the outside.What this shows is that the shuffle has its dawback.
A CB like Allen, who uses the shuflle frequently (he doesn't use the backpedal), is still lft defenseless by the technique.
(The ball bounced off the ground and should have been an incompletion, but the receiver was still open and the CB wasn't helped by the shuffle here.)


2-2-TEN 49 (1:53) R.Smith pass incomplete deep left to B.Scaife.
Pollard got beat right off the bat by the TE, but the throw was just high.


3-2-TEN 49 (1:48) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short left to C.Johnson to TEN 48 for -1 yards (B.Cushing)
Cushing, enuf said!

.
Timeout #2 by HST at 01:36.
4-3-TEN 48 (1:36) B.Kern punts 29 yards to HST 23, Center-K.Amato, out of bounds. (The punt hangtime was 4.4 seconds.)

76Texan
06-29-2011, 03:35 PM
Houston Texans at 1:28


1-10-HST 23 (1:28) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass incomplete short middle to J.Dreessen.
Pass just low.

2-10-HST 23 (1:23) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short middle to A.Johnson to HST 27 for 4 yards (S.Tulloch).
Quick pass.

3-6-HST 27 (:50) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short middle to A.Foster to HST 30 for 3 yards (S.Tulloch, A.Verner).
On both plays, Schaub could have waited a bit longer for a deeper route, but he was being careful and went for the sure thing.

Timeout #1 by TEN at 00:43.

4-3-HST 30 (:43) M.Turk punts 38 yards to TEN 32, Center-J.Weeks, fair catch by M.Mariani.
PENALTY on TEN-M.Griffin, Defensive Offside, 5 yards, enforced at HST 30 - No Play.
Penalty on TEN-M.Griffin, Illegal Formation, declined.
X14

1-10-HST 35 (:35) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short middle to J.Jones to HST 44 for 9 yards (A.Verner, S.Tulloch).
Another quick pass.


2-1-HST 44 (:14) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass incomplete short right to K.Walter.
Walter was dropping the ball a little more this year.
Thi
s could have been a 14yd gain.

3-1-HST 44 (:14) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short middle to A.Foster to TEN 46 for 10 yards (J.McCourty). P15

Timeout #3 by HST at 00:08.


1-10-TEN 46 (:07) (Shotgun) M.Schaub sacked at HST 41 for -13 yards (W.Hayes). FUMBLES (W.Hayes) [W.Hayes], recovered by HST-E.Winston at HST 40. E.Winston to HST 40 for no gain (S.Marks).

Winston got beat too easily by the LDE.
Looks like Schuab was about to go to somebody open on the left side.
At least Winston recovered the ball.

END OF half

76Texan
06-29-2011, 03:37 PM
Third Quarter

TEN elects to Receive, and HST elects to defend the North goal.
N.Rackers kicks 77 yards from HST 30 to TEN -7. M.Mariani, Touchback.


Tennessee Titans at 15:00


1-10-TEN 20 (15:00) C.Johnson right end to TEN 16 for -4 yards (B.Cushing).
Okoye with great penetration; he chased CJ to the outside and made him run sideway.
Cushing got past his blocker to the outside and made the tackle.


2-14-TEN 16 (14:19) R.Smith pass short left to R.Moss to TEN 17 for 1 yard (G.Quin).
Quin with a good jump on the quick swing pass..The QB showed his hand from the start.
Quin played off-man and can see it right away.
It's still is a very good play by Quin.


3-13-TEN 17 (13:44) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass incomplete short middle to J.Cook (B.Cushing) [A.Smith].

Okoye pushed the double team, A. Smith penentrated and pushed the RG.
The QB didn't have room to step up and threw a bad pass that Cushing almost intercepted, but he couldn't hang onto the ball.


4-13-TEN 17 (13:38) B.Kern punts 49 yards to HST 34, Center-K.Amato, fair catch by J.Jones. (The punt hangtime was 4.8 seconds.)

76Texan
06-29-2011, 03:41 PM
Houston Texans at 13:29


1-10-HST 34 (13:29) M.Schaub pass short left to K.Walter to HST 46 for 12 yards (W.Witherspoon, A.Verner). P16

RCB Verner was also doing the shuffle and couldn't react back to the quick route in the flat.
The Texans aren't the only team to use this technique.
I mentioned it when talks about the technique first came up a couple years ago.
The Dolphins, for example, mainly uses the shuffle or just turn and run.
They drafted Sean Smith out of Utah, whom I mentioned during the draft that year, used the technique exclusively in college. He didn't use the back-pedal.


1-10-HST 46 (12:51) A.Foster right guard to 50 for 4 yards (M.Griffin, S.Marks).

2-6-50 (12:15) A.Foster left guard to 50 for no gain (S.Tulloch).


3-6-50 (11:32) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass incomplete short right to K.Walter.
PENALTY on TEN-J.McCourty, Defensive Pass Interference, 9 yards, enforced at 50 - No Play. X17


1-10-TEN 41 (11:23) M.Schaub pass incomplete short middle to A.Foster [W.Hayes].

Bootleg for Schaub.
The LDE jumped over Leach's block to force Schaub to throw the ball away.
Finnegan had bitten the PA fake. AJ was running toward the corner.The Titans palyed single safety; the FS was in the middle of the field;
there was no way he could have caught up to AJ.

That was a great opportunity for a TD there.
The commentator was surprised that no intentional grounding was called.
What happened was that Schaub was ready to throw to AJ, but because of the incoming pass rush, he knew he couldn't step into the throw and just got rid of it on the same line toward AJ.


2-10-TEN 41 (11:21) M.Schaub pass short middle to A.Foster to TEN 38 for 3 yards (S.Tulloch).

3-7-TEN 38 (10:44) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short left to J.Dreessen to TEN 29 for 9 yards (C.Finnegan, C.Hope). P18
Quick pass into the short zone.

1-10-TEN 29 (10:03) A.Foster left tackle to TEN 11 for 18 yards (M.Griffin). R19
Aj with another good block on Finnegan.


1-10-TEN 11 (9:26) A.Foster right tackle to TEN 11 for no gain (M.Douglas).


2-10-TEN 11 (8:48) M.Schaub pass incomplete short middle to J.Casey [J.Ford].


3-10-TEN 11 (8:41) (Shotgun) M.Schaub sacked at TEN 17 for -6 yards (J.Babin).
Winston lost it.

4-16-TEN 17 (8:11) N.Rackers 35 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-M.Turk. (The ball hit the left upright.)

TEN 0 HST 17, 11 plays, 49 yards, 1 penalty, 5:24 drive, 6:55 elapsed

76Texan
06-29-2011, 03:43 PM
N.Rackers kicks 62 yards from HST 30 to TEN 8. M.Mariani pushed ob at TEN 30 for 22 yards (N.Rackers).


Tennessee Titans at 8:05, (1st play from scrimmage 7:58)

Nothing really concerned the CB on this drive.
A note can be made that on 3rd and 21, Allen set the edge in his outside zone to allow Bentley to make the tackle on the TE, limiting the gain to 10 yards.
That was pretty routine for any CB.

1-10-TEN 30 (7:58) R.Smith pass short left to A.Hall to TEN 29 for -1 yards (M.Williams).

2-11-TEN 29 (7:20) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short left to C.Johnson to TEN 36 for 7 yards (G.Quin).

PENALTY on TEN-J.Cook, Offensive Pass Interference, 10 yards, enforced at TEN 29 - No Play.

2-21-TEN 19 (6:48) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short right to J.Cook to TEN 19 for no gain (B.Pollard).
Timeout #1 by HST at 06:04.

3-21-TEN 19 (6:04) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short right to J.Cook to TEN 29 for 10 yards (K.Bentley).

4-11-TEN 29 (5:25) B.Kern punts 56 yards to HST 15, Center-K.Amato. J.Jones to HST 18 for 3 yards (J.McCourty).
PENALTY on HST-A.Molden, Illegal Block Above the Waist, 9 yards, enforced at HST 18. (The punt hangtime was 4.3 seconds.)

76Texan
06-29-2011, 03:45 PM
Houston Texans at 5:13

Similarly, nothing concerned the CBs in this drive

1-10-HST 9 (5:13) A.Foster right tackle to HST 8 for -1 yards (J.Babin). TEN-S.Marks was injured during the play.

2-11-HST 8 (4:46) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short middle to A.Johnson to HST 15 for 7 yards (W.Witherspoon).

3-4-HST 15 (4:06) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short middle to A.Foster to HST 24 for 9 yards (M.Douglas). P20

1-10-HST 24 (3:27) A.Foster left tackle to HST 30 for 6 yards (G.McRath).

2-4-HST 30 (2:49) A.Foster left guard to HST 31 for 1 yard (W.Witherspoon).


3-3-HST 31 (2:11) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass incomplete short left to A.Foster.

Here, Foster was open for the first down, but he wasn't ready for the ball.
Looks like he expected Schaub to run for it.

At any rate, the Texans offesne countered the early blitzes and pass rush by the Titans with quick shor passes (several of them to the backs and the TEs) and a steady doze of running plays.
They converted 9 of 18 thirrd down situations.
They kept the ball for alomost twice as long.
They shut down the Titans running game, allowing just 24 yards on 12 plays.
CJ gained a mere 5 yards on 7 attempts.
It made it very hard for a young QB like Rusty.

(2:04) M.Turk punts 50 yards to TEN 19, Center-J.Weeks. M.Mariani to TEN 30 for 11 yards (G.Graham). (The punt hangtime was 5.0 seconds.)

76Texan
06-29-2011, 03:48 PM
Tennessee Titans at 1:51

1-10-TEN 30 (1:51) C.Johnson left tackle to TEN 39 for 9 yards (G.Quin).

2-1-TEN 39 (1:14) C.Johnson right end to TEN 34 for -5 yards (A.Okoye).


3-6-TEN 34 (:34) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short right to J.Gage to TEN 44 for 10 yards (K.Jackson) [A.Smith]. P3

Titans in single back shot gun spread, 2 receivers on each side (after motion).
On the right side, they had the slot receiver and the TE who lined up right next to him on the outside.

Texans were in man coverage with a single safety.
Pollard played press on the TE and run with him.
They had Jackson playing off-man about 5 yards from the LOS, inside both the TE and the slot.
This make it an easy pitch and catch as the slot run upfield about 3-4 yards and cut to the outside, underneath the TE.

The Texans blized with 6 but never got there.
Again, as I've talked about this in the Jets game, blitzing and playing off-man just don't add up to me.

If you play on the receiver and the CB sees that he could get beat right away, he can grab his man and take a 5yd PI.
Only the receiver and the QB knows where the ball is going to go; the CB has to wait to see which way the receiver breaks (inside or outside or deep).
Playing off-man puts the CB in a wait-read-and-react mode.

Another note here is that the Texans had the lone deep safety played on Allen and Quin side.
The Texans let Pollard and Jackson one-on-one with their men while giving support to Allen and Quin.
What does this tells us?


1-10-TEN 44 (:04) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass incomplete short middle to J.Cook [A.Okoye].
Okoye pushed the LG into the pocket, and got into the QB's grill, forcing a hurried throw.

END OF QUARTER

76Texan
06-29-2011, 03:56 PM
Fourth Quarter
Tennessee Titans continued.

2-10-TEN 44 (15:00) (Shotgun) PENALTY on TEN-J.Scott, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at TEN 44 - No Play.

2-15-TEN 39 (15:00) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass incomplete short middle to C.Johnson.

3-15-TEN 39 (14:56) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass incomplete short middle to J.Cook
Mario and Anderson brought the heat.
Anderson had a hand on the ball.

(14:52) B.Kern punts 48 yards to HST 13, Center-K.Amato. J.Jones to HST 9 for -4 yards (A.Hall). (The punt hangtime was 4.8 seconds.)
4-15-TEN 39

76Texan
06-29-2011, 03:57 PM
Houston Texans at 14:41

1-10-HST 9 (14:41) A.Foster left tackle to HST 11 for 2 yards (M.Griffin).

2-8-HST 11 (14:02) M.Schaub pass incomplete short middle to J.Dreessen [M.Douglas].

3-8-HST
11 (13:55) (Shotgun) M.Schaub pass short left to A.Johnson to HST 12 for 1 yard (C.Finnegan).
Penalty on HST-J.Jones, Illegal Block Above the Waist, declined.

Texans tried a bubble screen to Aj that the Titans read it well and converged.


4-7-HST 12 (13:36) M.Turk punts 45 yards to TEN 43, Center-J.Weeks. M.Mariani pushed ob at HST 42 for 15 yards (T.Nolan).
Penalty on TEN-A.Verner, Illegal Block Above the Waist, offsetting, enforced at HST 12 - No Play.
Penalty on HST-D.Sharpton, Illegal Use of Hands, offsetting.

4-7-HST 12 (13:25) M.Turk punts 53 yards to TEN 35, Center-J.Weeks. M.Mariani to TEN 49 for 14 yards (T.Nolan).
PENALTY on HST-T.Nolan, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced at TEN 49.

76Texan
06-29-2011, 04:02 PM
Tennessee Titans at 13:11


1-10-HST 36 (13:11) R.Smith pass short right to J.Gage to HST 27 for 9 yards (K.Jackson, G.Quin).

A quick pass into the zone between Quin and Jackson.
There's nothing wrong with this play even though it was a 9-yd gain.
Jackson was stretching his outside zone back to cover the deep outside route before coming back.
Quin was looking to jump ahead of the throw.


2-1-HST 27 (13:11) PENALTY on TEN-M.Roos, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at HST 27 - No Play.

2-6-HST 32 (12:14) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass incomplete deep right to J.Cook [T.Jamison].
PENALTY on HST-B.Pollard, Defensive Pass Interference, 20 yards, enforced at HST 32 - No Play. X4

1-10-HST 12 (12:06) C.Johnson up the middle to HST 9 for 3 yards (B.Pollard; K.Bentley).


2-7-HST 9 (11:34) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short right intended for J.Gage INTERCEPTED by G.Quin at HST 3. G.Quin to HST 5 for 2 yards (J.Gage).

The Texans took away Rusty's primary target on his left with a double-team by Allen and Pollard.

The QB turned to his right, saw Maio and Okoye pushing the pocket in toward him (on a stunt) and just let the ball go short while the receiver had already headed for the corner.

If there was a throw, he should have thrown a deep ball that would go out of bound at the worst case.
If there was a miscommunication between QB and receiver, Rusty should have just thrown the ball away.

Even the commentator (Dan Fouts, the legendary Chargers QB said so.)

Again, it was a great play by Quin.
Give him his due credit.

Just make a note that it was a mistake by the young QB.

76Texan
06-29-2011, 04:05 PM
Houston Texans at 11:27


1-10-HST 5 (11:27) A.Foster up the middle to HST 6 for 1 yard (M.Douglas).

2-9-HST 6 (10:43) A.Foster left tackle to HST 5 for -1 yards (M.Douglas).


3-10-HST 5 (9:58) A.Foster left tackle pushed ob at HST 42 for 37 yards (C.Finnegan). R21
PENALTY on TEN-C.Finnegan, Horse Collar Tackle, 15 yards, enforced at HST 42. X22

Finnegan put a hand out to pull on AJ's face mask.
The two got enganed in a tug-o-war that let Foster free.
The safety Griffin came over to slow him down but Foster shook him loose.
A horse collar was called on Finnegan, but it could have been on Griffin.
Foster would have gone all the way otherwise.


1-10-TEN 43 (9:29) A.Foster left tackle to TEN 41 for 2 yards (S.Tulloch, J.Haye).
Looks like Finnegan continued with his tactic of jabbing and pulling on AJ's mask.

2-8-TEN 41 (8:46) A.Foster left tackle to TEN 41 for no gain (M.Griffin, M.Douglas).
Finnegan did it again. AJ retalliated.
All hell would break loose on the next play.


3-8-TEN 41 (8:01) D.Ward right end to TEN 34 for 7 yards (J.McCourty).
Penalty on HST-A.Johnson, Disqualification, offsetting.
Penalty on TEN-C.Finnegan, Disqualification, offsetting. (Both 80 Johnson and 31 Finnigan were ejected from the
game)
Timeout #2 by HST at 07:39.


The worse CB in the game was Finnegan; hewas made a personal Biatch by AJ with or without help.
The resulting frustration was his resort to dirty plays.

76Texan
06-29-2011, 04:07 PM
Nothing concerns the CBs as the Texans ran the ball some more and settled for a FG.

4-1-TEN 34 (7:39) A.Foster up the middle to TEN 28 for 6 yards (M.Griffin, C.Hope). R23

1-10-TEN 28 (6:54) A.Foster up the middle to TEN 24 for 4 yards (J.Babin, M.Douglas).

2-6-TEN 24 (6:11) A.Foster right tackle to TEN 23 for 1 yard (W.Hayes).

3-5-TEN 23 (5:29) A.Foster left end to TEN 16 for 7 yards (J.Haye). R24

1-10-TEN 16 (4:44) D.Ward up the middle to TEN 10 for 6 yards (S.Tulloch).

2-4-TEN 10 (4:02) D.Ward left guard to TEN 10 for no gain (S.Tulloch, J.Ford).

3-4-TEN 10 (3:19) A.Foster right end to TEN 7 for 3 yards (A.Verner).
PENALTY on HST-J.Dreessen, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at TEN 10 - No Play.

3-14-TEN 20 (3:11) A.Foster left tackle to TEN 15 for 5 yards (M.Douglas, W.Witherspoon).
Timeout #1 by TEN at 03:04.

4-9-TEN 15 (3:04) N.Rackers 33 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-M.Turk.

TEN 0 HST 20, 14 plays, 80 yards, 1 penalty, 8:27 drive, 12:00 elapsed

76Texan
06-29-2011, 04:11 PM
N.Rackers kicks 69 yards from HST 30 to TEN 1. M.Mariani to TEN 23 for 22 yards (V.Leach).
PENALTY on TEN-G.McRath, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at TEN 23.

Tennessee Titans at 3:00, (1st play from scrimmage 2:54)

GARBAGE TIME!


1-10-TEN 13 (2:54) (Shotgun) J.Ringer left guard to TEN 30 for 17 yards (M.Anderson). R5

1-10-TEN 30 (2:26) (Shotgun) J.Ringer left tackle to TEN 30 for no gain (B.Cushing, A.Smith).

Two-Minute Warning


2-10-TEN 30 (2:00) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short right to N.Washington pushed ob at TEN 40 for 10 yards (K.Jackson). P6

Can't tell with certainty whether this is zone or man coverage.
Jackson did well either way.

If it was zone, Jackson did well stretching his zone back to cover the deep outside oute and come back to make the tackle on the underneath receiver who ran a quick out route.
If it was man, Jackson did even better by coming back to make the tackle, as Quin lost his man.


1-10-TEN 40 (1:53) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass incomplete short middle to J.Cook (G.Quin).

Good job by Quin to break off the pass to the TE, whether this was man or zone coverage.
He broke off his man/zone to make the play.


2-10-TEN 40 (1:47) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short right to J.Cook to HST 37 for 23 yards (T.Nolan). P7


1-10-HST 37 (1:20) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass deep right to J.Gage pushed ob at HST 18 for 19 yards (B.Pollard). P8
PENALTY on HST-B.Pollard, Unnecessary Roughness, 9 yards, enforced at HST 18. X9

Again, it was unclear if it was zone or man.
Either way, Allen lost it and was covered by the safety Pollard.



1-9-HST 9 (1:13) (Shotgun) PENALTY on TEN-J.Scott, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at HST 9 - No Play.


1-14-HST 14 (1:13) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short left to J.Cook pushed ob at HST 7 for 7 yards (J.Allen).

This one is likely zone (the LB never followed the TE, he dropped back deep instead).

Quin get up in his zone (which is good), but he misread the route, and allow the TE to cut accross his face to the outside.

Allen did well (after stretching his zone back to cover the deep route) to come back and make the tackle.



2-7-HST 7 (1:06) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass incomplete short left to R.Moss.
Pass thrown high and way behind.


3-7-HST 7 (1:02) (Shotgun) R.Smith pass short middle intended for J.Cook INTERCEPTED by G.Quin (B.Cushing) at HST 0.

Similar to the previous play, the Texans dropped 5 deep and put two defenders in the short hole.
This time, it was Cushing and Quin that sat in the hole.

The TE ran a slant straight toward Cushing (with Bentley behind in the end zone.)
Rusty forced the ball in there (this is actually triple coverage).

Cushing deflected it and Quin caguht it.
Give whatever credit you like to Quin.

GAME OVER