Originally Posted by Rey
Texans did not play man the entire night. You are right.
That said, we played mostly man early and did not change it up really until the game was out of hand.
There may have been a sprinkle of different types of coverage, but we did MOSTLY play man...But you are right that it wasn't ENTIRELY man...
1. Second pass play.
Pats in trip formation left.
KJax let his man (most outside receiver) to the cover 2 safety and switched to the TE (innermost receiver or #3 receiver in the formation) who ran an out route underneath the #1, and #2.
2. Third pass play.
Another trip left formation, with the TE Hernandex flex to wide left.
KJ was on him but did not follow as Hernandez went into motion to the other side of the formation.
Quin was a cover 2 safety on the original weak side.
He now came down to play man on Hernandez with Manning as the single deep safety.
(The Texans switched their D call from zone to man).
3. First pass play on the Pats second drive.
Texans must be in switch man with a signal from JJo to KJax.
JJo was on the slot receiver (#2);
KJax was on the outside receiver (#1).
They switched assignment.
4. Third pass play of the series, JJo and KJax switched again, this time on the D left side.
5. Next play, KJax was on Hernandez who flex to the outside right.
Texans looked to be in cover 3 with KJax not following Hernandez on the square in route.
6. Next play, TD to Lloyd.
Pats in heavy 13 personnel; Lloyd was the only receiver.
He lined up to the right.
Texans looked to be in cover 3, with JJo lined up about the same level with the 2 safeties.
KJax was in the slot on the heavy side; he was on one the two TEs.
Again, that has to be zone.
JJo didn't follow Lloyd from the get-go; he looked to be playing in cover 3.
That was the ninth pass play for the Pats.
On the Pats first 9 pass plays, the Texans were in straight man only 4 times.
(Three man coverage and one coverage switch from zone to man.)