Originally Posted by Fico
Speaking from a position of ignorance on what our OL is coached to do, but from a position of general knowledge I think the following:
I think with the movement pre-snap Myers should have checked and slid the protection to the strong side. The NT crosses face to engage Myer in order to establish the two-on-one against Brooks.
I think Myers should have passed the NT on to Wade who should have engaged the NT when he sees the pre-snap movement leaving him uncovered. This gives 1 on 1 across the board.
I only say this because the movement was clear pre-snap. If they executed this blitz post snap then I say we play it how we did on film as the additional steps needed from keeping it disguised would have provided plenty of time for Matt to get rid of the ball.
If Rey had not checked out of Hotel Calfornia, I would have like to have his input on the matter since he had played on the O-line.
At any rate, this is my understanding of pass pro.
The Center makes the Mike call. He declares the weak side to be the strength of the defense. Why?
If we look at the line-up, Wade Smith was the only uncovered lineman, but there's the WILL #53 in front of him on the second level and there's also a DB on the line outside the LT.
This guy lined up inside our left slot, and was also a threat to blitz, on the blind side no less.
There was also a DB on the other side, but he was some 3 yards further out.
I believe the term for this is a "tough" call.
Wade Smith needs to stay back in case the WILL or the nickel back blitz on the blind side. You want to protect the QB's blind side.
If the WILL happens to blitz the strong side, it is up to the QB to quickly find his hot receiver, which Schaub did.
It was just too bad that the ball was deflected and Pollard made a good play on the ball.
We can still say that our line didn't do a good enough job since the ball was tipped and Brook wasn't quick enough to handle two guys long enough in order for Schaub to have a better vision of the field.
But I think that was the protection call.
It is still on the QB to get rid of the ball if he feels like he doesn't have enough time.
It was a tough call allright.
A combination of several little things that added together to the favor of the defense.