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Old 12-15-2010   #61
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1. On 3rd and 1 (after two run plays), the Bears attempted a run to the left (double tight-ends on this side. Actually, the FB traded place with one of the TEs: FB 86 lined up outside the TE - I just consider him the 2nd TE; the TE 82 Olsen lined up in the regualr FB spot in the straight I formation - I just consider him the FB.) Olsen was the culprit in this play (or the inside TE, depending on how one slices it.)
McCourty was the primary force and got around the edge to stop the RB Forte for a one yard loss. Good play on McCourty's part.
The Pats were in their base 3-4 defense with a 2-deep cover.
RCB on the lone receiver on the weak side, LCB McCourty near the LOS on the strong side.
(Notice the safety lined up about 5-6 yards right behind MCourty; that's protection!)
The outside TE 86 hook-blocked on the LOLB; the inside TE blocked the LDE.
The Bears pulled their RT 73 and C 57 to lead block on the outside of the 2 TEs.
The two TEs were pushed back initially (especially the inside TE), making it difficult for the RT to kick out on the LILB.
FB 82 was supposed to block McCourty (IMO; especially as we see that the RT had no intention to when McCourty went oustside.)
It even looks like the FB 82 wanted to avoid McCourty, really.
With the blocks slow to develop in front of him, Forte took a step or two more than he should have. That gave McCourty plenty of time to get there.
IMHO, this is called dancing around behind the LOS.
Needing only one yard for the first down, I think Forte should have pressed right behind the RT and C no matter what (they both missed their blocks eventually.) Forte probably didn't want to run into the back of the C 57, but still I think he needs to press the hole immediately.
McCourty did what he was instructed to do and was rewarded with a TFL due to poor blocking by the FB Olsen (or his missing of assignment.)
That ended the Bears first drive.
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2. On the Bears second drive, they faced 3rd and 18 on their 14 after a sack.
McCourty, if he was KJ, would have been booed right out of Reliant Stadium as he allowed the easy first down completion to WR Knox.
The Pats went to their nickel against 3-WR set.
They bring a safety up to the Y receiver (Knox on the weak side) and dropped both CBs back into a 3-deep, 4-underneath coverage (rushing 4).
Knox simply ran a post route, up along the side line for about 12 yds and start turning toward the post, waiting for the throw.
Without worrying about techniques or anything, McCourty just had to read the QB and break on the ball (or by the receiver's movement on his route.) A 19-yd completion tells the story itself.
McCourty was not on the receiver like glue.
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3. After 4 running plays and trailing by a TD, the Bears were faced with 3rd and 4 on the Pats 49.
They lined up in the bunch formation (with 3 receivers forming a triangle - one on the LOS and two trailing on either side) on their right.
Again, the Pats were in their nickel. Obviously, they rolled both safeties toward this side to help (well, the Texans are a different story; sometimes it's not obvious to their DC that it's the thing to do.)
WR 80 Bennett (most inside) ran a delayed circle route around and behind the other 2 receivers, up the side line to right around the first down marker then slanted back to the inside and looked for the ball.
With a defender raising his arm up in the air and another boring in the pocket up the middle, Cutler's hurried pass was behind and high above the back shoulder pad of the receiver.
Look how he was completely turned around trying to catch that late ball.
McCourty, sitting in his outside zone, had all the time in the world to wait for the pass.
It was, in all honesty, an easy pass to deflect from such a position, in such a route.
A decent pass in front of the receiver (toward the inside) would have brought a complete different result (a completion.)
McCourty did not have to worry about the deep route and he was helped by pressure up front.
McCourty was not on the receiver like glue. It only looks like that because the pass was way behind.
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4. After another TD by the Pats, the Bears started out with the ball on their 38 with another 3-WR set from the straight-I formation (no TE).
The Pats were in cover 1 with a single safety deep and 3 DBs playing off-man on the receivers.
Up front, they were in a 4-3; however, notice that the WILL stepped to the outside, showing help to McCourty on the Y receiver # 13 Knox.
The Pats did not attack the play-action-fake-run; their LBs stayed put and read the pass all the way.
In fact, the Pats did a lot of things right.
Their 4-man pass rush managed to put pressure on Cutler from all 3 sides (against 7 blockers - 5 linemen, the FB and the RB.)
The other 2 DBs covered the X and Z receivers well, with the lone safety backing them up.
The 3 LBs crowded the middle and slowed down the Y receiver, who ran a check down pattern, a very shallow slant route through the middle of the field toward the other side (underneath the two deep receivers.)
WR Knox actually almost had to stop to avoid colliding with one of the LBs.
This gave McCourty plenty of time to catch up and follow Knox accross the field.
Due to pressure, the pass was low and behind the receiver.
Once gain, Knox had to slow down and turn back to catch the late and low short pass. This caused him to run horizontally after the catch.
As McCourty came over to make the tackle, it should have been ruled that forward progress was stopped as Knox put on the brake (looks like he wanted to make a spin move.)
Knox had only one hand on the ball as he spun around and practically sat down on the field after he took a couple of steps backward. He caught the ball near the 41 yd line and was tackled by McCourty just behind the 40-yd line and ended up on his butt just past the LOS (the 38-yd line).
McCourty did the right thing trying to wrap (at least his right arm) around the ball carrier and had his hand on the ball to pry it out, barely before Knox was ruled down. Maybe the refs thought that the receiver temporarily (very) sat down on McCourty's right foot.
It was a good play by McCourty and the call was irrelevant.
What is relevant was the fact that McCourty had helps (from pretty much all the players on defense) and that the receiver was slowed down by different things (the impeding LBs and the low/behind throw due to the pass rush.)
McCourty was not on the receiver like glue.
A Pats LB recovered and took the ball in for a TD.
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5. On the Bears next drive (2nd and 11), the Pats were in 2-deep coverage against a balanced single back formation.
Cutler looked the other way where he had more weapons and fewer defenders.
The 4-man pass rush forced him to scramble, however, to McCourty's side.
Notice from the start how McCourty played the outside technique, leaving the inside for the safety to defend.
Cutler ran for 15 yds, then scooted out of bound before McCourty arrived.
McCourty's was very simple, it sure looks like.
He stayed and stayed with the receiver, not having to worry about the responsibility a secondary forceman. The nickel back got there at the same time even though he had to fight through the block while McCourty had the chance to do so (fly to the ball) sooner.
OK, on this play, he was on the receiver like glue (while he shouldn't have been).
Was he held by the receiver? Possible, but not from the camera angle that I saw.
I don't think McCourty made it back to the field after this play for some reason (with about 9 mins to play in the second quarter.)
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At any rate, on any given play, McCourty's responsibilty was quite simple and clear cut.
He was asked to concentrate solely on one task and he received plenty of helps.
It was a good day for him, but I didn't see the play of DROY or All-Pro material.

To reiterate what Beerlover said, McCourty was put in a position to succeed, something that the Texans DC hasn't been doing anywhere nearly enough for KJ.

It could be said that KJ was put in a position to fail more often than neccessary. That, I agreed with Beerlover.
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At any rate, on any given play, McCourty's responsibilty was quite simple and clear cut.
He was asked to concentrate solely on one task and he received plenty of helps.
It was a good day for him, but I didn't see the play of DROY or All-Pro material.

To reiterate what Beerlover said, McCourty was put in a position to succeed, something that the Texans DC hasn't been doing anywhere nearly enough for KJ.

It could be said that KJ was put in a position to fail more often than neccessary. That, I agreed with Beerlover.
Your attention to and grasp of the details is impressive 76Texan and I also appreciate the time & effort you took to make such a comprehensive entry. Good work man !
Being a guy with considerable bias towards one particular CB in this conversation (BSUs Kyle Wilson), I wanted the Texans to take him over either KJ, MCCourty, or FSUs Patrick Robinson. Of course the top-rated corner, Joe Hadin, was long-gone before the Texans pick rolled around.
But Wilson has also been a disappointment, since like your claims about KJ he's been put in a tough situation because what time he's played he's had little help in the Jets-Blitz happy defense. I just know Wilson looked great at the Senior Bowl, but of course he was covering college receivers and not NFL receivers.
But there's been several plays where KJ didn't appear to have the top-end speed to hang in there against the wide-out on a fly-patter or other deep route while McCourty seems to hang in there stride for stride in comparable match-ups ? You seem to be saying those plays weren't KJs fault because of the absense of safety help over top ?
So 76Texan, you still contend that KJ was the right pick for the Texans over the other corners available to them ?
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No doubt, McCain has been awful, but I think he is more a true cover corner..... than KJack....


If our coaches are coaching him to play the same way they expect KJack to play..... it'll never work....... he'll look awful.

McCain played much better last year.
...This is the guy who gave Edwards a 9 yard cushion on the 2 yard line...He has been burned repeatedly. More so than anyone else, and he played less snaps due to being the nickle back. He is awful. KJ at least makes a play between being burned repeatedly.
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Kareem got destroyed on a pass play, I think it was to Mason, early on in the game on Monday. He's gotten "better" but he's still sucking something massive. I have definite hopes he will mature. A rookie is a rookie, after all.

As for our WORST defensive back, well, that honor EASILY goes to Brice McCain. That guy flat out doesn't deserve to be in the LEAGUE.

At least Glover Quin has played hard and smart since his missteps earlier.

EDIT: I made this post without reading the previous four pages, so excuse me if these "points" have been made already.
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Your attention to and grasp of the details is impressive 76Texan and I also appreciate the time & effort you took to make such a comprehensive entry. Good work man !
Being a guy with considerable bias towards one particular CB in this conversation (BSUs Kyle Wilson), I wanted the Texans to take him over either KJ, MCCourty, or FSUs Patrick Robinson. Of course the top-rated corner, Joe Hadin, was long-gone before the Texans pick rolled around.
But Wilson has also been a disappointment, since like your claims about KJ he's been put in a tough situation because what time he's played he's had little help in the Jets-Blitz happy defense. I just know Wilson looked great at the Senior Bowl, but of course he was covering college receivers and not NFL receivers.
But there's been several plays where KJ didn't appear to have the top-end speed to hang in there against the wide-out on a fly-patter or other deep route while McCourty seems to hang in there stride for stride in comparable match-ups ? You seem to be saying those plays weren't KJs fault because of the absense of safety help over top ?
So 76Texan, you still contend that KJ was the right pick for the Texans over the other corners available to them ?
Thx Idexan, and all those who loves to talk football.
I'll get back to this some other time.
But, in short, yes, I do believe the Texans made the right choice, at least on draft day.
Nobody knows what the future will hold, but I think what I see so far, I like.
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Kareem got destroyed on a pass play, I think it was to Mason, early on in the game on Monday. He's gotten "better" but he's still sucking something massive. I have definite hopes he will mature. A rookie is a rookie, after all.

As for our WORST defensive back, well, that honor EASILY goes to Brice McCain. That guy flat out doesn't deserve to be in the LEAGUE.

At least Glover Quin has played hard and smart since his missteps earlier.

EDIT: I made this post without reading the previous four pages, so excuse me if these "points" have been made already.
This is pretty much the exact same play that I have discussed some time ago.
If you watch careful, you will see that the Ravens have the same 2-receiver pattern.

#85 Mason ran the post route toward the deep seam and #81 Boldin ran the slant route underneath.

We were in single deep safety with Wilson just like before and alsmot played it correctly this time.

Pollard, who had stepped up to play the run, dropped back quickly in the short passing lane. Wilson came up quickly on Boldin to form a double team here.

We had KJ playing off-man and dropping back to play the deep outside.
As I had suggested before, when Wilson steps up, Quin automatically has to get depth immediately to take his place.

If you look at the action on the field, that was what Quin did, except that he was late.

Either that or Quin has to stay close to Boldin on the slant route so that Wilson can remain in his deep middle.
This will depend on the D-call, of course.
But those are the only two viable options that I see to defend this play as it occurred.

And normally, the free safety (Wilson) makes the call in the secondary.
Therefore, it led me to believe that Quin was late in getting back.

You can also see from the play that this time they have KJ getting his depth to the outside and yet he was not too far off the receiver.
Notice that Mason took a quick step toward the flag before turning back to the post. This is why a CB like KJ in this situation should get depth to the outside. You want one defender guarding the outside and one guarding the inside. This is another double team, and it's called team defense.

It was good to see that KJ was able to close back the gap quickly.
Even if Mason had gathered the ball in, KJ was right there to make the tackle.
And there's no guarantee that he can hold on to the ball.

In short, IMHO, this one - if it was a completion, would have been on Quin, and not KJ.
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I agree!
I believe KJ has been our best CB from day one.
Hou-Tex just wants a pinata he can beat on from time to time!

When I have time (probably after the season), I will come back and put together all my notes for all to see, I promise (I hope I have the time).
Ill tell you what, Ive liked this kid and supported him since day one but there is no way he has been better than Glover Quin.

No effing way.
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