Originally Posted by 76Texan
Week 7 vs Va
Tech was only 2-8 for 24 yards and 2 Ints in the passing game.
Hill had one run for 24.
He did not have a catch.
(1st and 20) Washington, T. pass incomplete to Hill, S. (McLeod,R).
From the right slot, Hill ran a quick slant.
He lined up just outside the right hashmarks, went up 5 yards and started making the cut behind the LB.
The ball was thrown way too late (a few steps after he crossed the hashmarks on the other side - into the teeth of zone coverage with the safety also coming up). The ball needed to be thrown before he crossed the hashmark (in the soft spot of the zone and before the safety had time to come up and the RCB to come over.)
As two guys converged on him hi-low; Hill tried to put one hand out to brace his fall and couldn't hang on to the ball with the other hand. He was falling on top of the safety who momentum caused him to undercut Hill from the back side.
The official book did not call a drop ball here, but a fan can always do that.
In the NFL, they don't allow a hi-lo tackle combo like that.
I don't think one guy can undercut a receiver while the other hit him high.
(3rd and 12) Washington, T. pass incomplete to Hill, S..
Against press coverage, Hill fought off the LCB's jam to get outside release and was heading down the side line when the QB got hit just as he threw the ball ; ball had no chance to reach the target - can't see how much room Hill had over the CB.
the bolded only applies to defensive lineman in the trenches where room is limited. If a DL-man is actively engaged with an o-lineman up high, no other OL-man can intentionally hit said DL-man low at the same time; this prevents guys from getting rolled up on or getting their knees torn up.
It still happens on occasion accidentally (allegedly) but there is a rule in place to prevent it from becoming part of strategy.
everyone else out in the field where space is plentiful are fair game however.