Originally Posted by WolverineFan
He's the leverage player. Not his play to make.
Sure, we would all love it if he dives in and makes that play. But if he doesn't and loses contain what then?
Yeah I have to agree with this. Mercilus is not the culprit on this. Antonio's first step was to pinch which means he is not responsible for containing on the 5 hole and out. Mercilus is the sole containment (along w/corner in a tight formation) which means his first step is to maintain outside and not push inside on a pinch himself. This alone takes him out of the play. This is a split second play after all. Plus Charles saw him so he wasn't going to make a play anyway.
The main issue on this is McClain gets completely dominated. On top of which he didn't fire out but stood giving the offensive linemen all the leverage. The offensive linemen dictates where he goes. Same for Smith. They just took his momentum on the pinch and kept him going that way and out of the play.
Mays and Reed would have difficult visibility so would follow the back as you see them both attempt to do. If McClain and Smith had came an ounce close to their job the gap would have been small enough for Mays to make a play. But they both get blown fully out increasing the gap making it that much more difficult for Mays.
Only fault I give Reed is coming toward the line of scrimmage too much. He was worried about the first down but should realize his positioning would not allow him to prevent that. He should focus on guarding the endzone. He would have better visibility and an opportunity to react properly.
Nice design by Wade as it would have worked if executed properly. But the players failed on this one.