Originally Posted by Vinny
Looks like he was filling the right gap if the middle of the Texans front-7 doesn't get totally dominated. I can't fault him on this one. #97 (McClain) is the guy getting his ass kicked in the middle of the field. (we don't need no stinking wide body). If he holds his ground, this play gets blown up. Mays looks like he didn't fulfill his gap assignment either. Mays looks like he swapped gaps but not #20. Merci looks clueless also.
I'm down on Reed but you have to have your front-7 win around the goal line if you want a chance...you can't rely on your S to make the play down there and you can't get the middle of your front-7 blown totally off the ball and expect to stop anyone in the red zone.
Add Antonio with McClain. They were both washed out even if Charles correctly took the hand off. Mercilus contained the outside, which was probably his job. Out of the play nonetheless. I think Mays read the original play correctly, but recognized too late. Smith and McClain being pushed 5 yards out of the play allowed the TD on a busted play.
Just my .02