Look at this screen shot and count the number of defensive players on the field.
Look at both the offensive and defensive formation:
- The Skins were in offset-I right, single TE on the left.
They have two receivers on the right.
The outside receiver will go into motion ad run a fake reverse.
- The Skins will fake both the reverse and the run before McNabb pulled up to make the long throw.
- The Texans were in a 4-man front.
They shifted the LBs to the left: LOLB Diles lined up between the numbers and the hashmarks (nearest to the slot receiver Galloway); MLB Ryans was just inside LDE Smith and outside of the FB, and ROLB Adibi was pretty much accross the RB.
The Texans had Quin on the TE, with Pollard backing him up.
Jackson lined up on the wide-out, but did not follow him all the way as this guy went into motion and faked a reverse.
He (Jackson) simply tightened up his split and took on the slot Galloway.
This is zone defense, not man coverage.
As the play developed, you will see Diles following the FB who went to the flat and ran down the side line while Demeco simply dropped back and did not follow anybody; same goes forAdibi.
Both Quin and Pollard also dropped back when they read pass.
This looks like a "supposedly" 5-2 zone, except the Texans were missing a safety.
- Based upon the line-up, if there was a deep safety, we would expect to find him, most likely, behind MLB Ryans.
The slide show cannot find that safety anywhere on the field.
(I have 4 different camera angles.)
But first, here's the line-up.