Originally Posted by 76Texan
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.
I get that the pre-snap alignment may have dictated that Wade stay put but I think the movement pre-snap should override that. If they want to bring the additional pressure from the DB lined up outside then that is on Schuab to account for.
Anyways, I do think it was a very good pressure call by Tenn.
They did a good job with their pressure packages all day, much to ire of our fans who insisted we throw past the sticks on every 3rd down.
Between this board and another that I was on during the game there must have been a 100 3rd down play selection complaints. If they are bringing more than we can block or out executing our blocking schemes, like above, then we have 1 of 2 options: We can throw short and quick and hope for a missed tackle, or we can throw the 1 on 1 fade, deep ball, jump ball. We did both of those throughout the game.