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Default Week one vs Colts Game Notes

I might as well start some game threads in order to see what really went down.
I don't have as much time as I would like, so I will just post some notes here and there.
Anybody who is interested can add their own obervations.

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1st Qtr

Colts got the ball first.
Two consecutive QB Hits by Mario and a good play by Demeco (breaking up a pass to Clark) stopped the Colts cold.
The Texans started out the year with a 3 and out for the D.
Fool's gold!

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Texans first drive was stalled at the Colts 7

Two consecutive side bars by the Colts defenders (Bethea on O.D. and Haden on Jacoby) were not called by the refs.

Defender running behind receiver, putting a hand on the receiver's waist or wrapping his arm around the receiver's waist to (a) pull the receiver back slightly away from the ball, (b) to use the receiver's body as a stronghold so he can strech his other hand/arm around the back of the receiver to deflect the ball.

Imagine yourself lunging forward tryng to deflect a pass; in the effort to extend one arm forward, you will find your other arm trailing behind you. When you see a DB extending both arms forward, it's almost always to cheat in this fashion.

There are different reasons why I want to bring this up:
1. The Texans got the short end on penalty calls and non-calls over what I believe to be tolerable for the season.
2. This can make Schaub look inaccurate, and the receivers look incapable.
3. These calls prevented us from scoring a TD on this particular drive.

Texans settled for a FG to lead 3-0

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From their 20, the Colts gained 24 yds on 4 plays.

On the 5th play (1st and 10), Jackson was stretching his zone back to follow the outside receiver but can still make the read as the slot receiver ran a wheel route to the outside.
Jackson broke off his man to stop Collie to a short 5-yd gain.
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On the next play, KJ was backpedaling away from the slot receiver Garcon.
Garcon would run straight forward and pushed off on Jackson to gain seperation to the inside on a quick up and in route (this was about 10 yards from the LOS and should have been offensive PI - pass interference on garon - but no call was made.)

The contact (between receiver and DB) probably threw Manning's timing off just a tad.
Incompleted pass.
Jackson was right there anyway;
and Wilson was just a few yards behind in the deep middle.
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On third and 5, Wayne left Quin in the dirt with a quick in-and-out move but the pass went off his fingertips.
Manning was pressured by Smith and Barwin.
Your best CB was the first to fall down, but nobody called it out.

Punt time.
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Texans started their drive from the 16

53-yd pass interference against the CB Haden on Walter.
With plenty of time, Schaub's pass was short and late; Walter had to stop to wait for the ball.
This gave Haden time to come back and climb all over him.
A decent pass and that would have been an 84-yd TD for Walter.
At any rate, the worse CB on the field so far is Haden.
And it goes to show that without deep safety help, a CB's job is very diificult.
(The safety had stepped up trying to help on AJ.)

As you tallied the numbers for statistical purposes, this won't show up as Haden giving up an 84-yd TD pass.
Just as I didn't show that Haden could have given up a TD to JJ earlier.
Just as I didn't show that Quin was burned by Wayne earlier.

After a sack and a short pass to Foster, Schaub and JJ misconnected as the receiver turned inside while Schaub threw to the outside on third and ten.
It would have been enough for a frist down.
As it was, the Texans had to settle for another FG.
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Colts ball on their 27.

Mario stopped Addai on a one-yd run.

On second down, Barwin came in from the OLB position to put pressure on Manning.
The pass sailed high and out of bound as Pollard tried for an unsuccessful INT.

On 3rd and 9, Manning completed a 22-yd pass to Wayne in the soft spot between four defenders in a 5-3 zone.
(Dlies at LB, McCain at RCB, Pollard the deep outside 1/3 right safety, and Quin as the middle 1/3 safety.)
Quin also got called for a 15-yd penalty leading his helmet into Wayne's .

After a few plays, the Colts faced 3rd and 13 on the Texans 38.
Okoye collapsed the pocket, forcing an inaccurate throw by Manning.

On this play, I'm pretty sure Jackson's critics claimed that he got lucky since it looks like Jackson allowed the receiver to run free.; to that I disagree.

The Texans dropped Demeco back deep in the middle together with the two safeties on each side in a 3-deep, 4-underneath zone.
Wilson's job was the outside deep third and there was only one vertical threat which was the receiver Gonzalez.
The slot receiver was Demeco's responsibility (as the middle safety).
Wilson lingered way too long and broke very very late on the ball.
The fault here, if it was a completion, would have lied with Wilsom.
Lucky for him, Okoye was good with the pressure.

Cotls punted again.
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Default Re: Week one vs Colts Game Notes

Here, I want to note that if Wilson can't defend a third of the field against one single vertical threat, how would he look defending one half of the field, and how would he look defending the entire width of the field, especially with more than one vertical threat!?!
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Texans started at their 20 and gained 13yds on 4 straight runs by Foster.

Early in the second quarter, on 2nd and 9, the RCB Powers followed JJ across the field and terribly missed an attempt at a tackle near the side line.
JJ turned a short 3-yd catch into a 23--yd gain.

AJ then exploited the 4-3 zone for a 22-yd catch.
The RCB Powers would have been the critics' choice for failing to cover a receiver while what happened was simply the result of an offense attacking the dead spot in the zone.

On the next play, RCB Powers followed Walter across the field, but it looks like the Colts made a quick D-call to change from man to a 3-4 zone coverage.
The middle safety Bethea bought the shoulder fake by Schaub (looking toward JJ on the left) and had no chance when Schaub went back to the right for Walter in the seam for a 22-yd TD pass.
Again, I imagine a lot of people would blame the CB Powers here.
But as I see it, the FS Bethea was at fault in the middle of the 3-deep zone.

Texans led 13-0
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The Colts got the ball back at their 24 and dink/dunk their way to the Texans 45 in 5 plays.

On 3rd and 2, Garcon dropped the ball on a quick/short slant route.
The Texans were in man coverage, but McCain (most inside) simply stayed put and got in the way of Jackson.
If McCain wanted to switch, he needed to jump quickly on the slant route; if he decided to stay in man, he should have turned back and quickly followed his receiver.
(Whether there was any communication between the two, we don't know).
It was a difficult route to defend anyway.
And no, Jackson did not have problem running with the receiver; it was his own teammate (McCain) that got in the way, unintentionally, of course!

It would have been a short gain for a first down, nothing drastic!
As it was, the Colts had to punt again.
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Did I just get drunk and pass out in the hot tub and wake up in week one?

Just in case that has happened, Hey Texans fans we still suck and lose more games at home than we win!
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The Texans gained 7 and 10 yards on the ground with Foster, only to have Schaub thowing the ball into double coverage for an INT.

(8:31 in the second) On first and 10, the Texans went with a double TE formation in the straight I.
Andre was the lone receiver in the left slot.

The Colts brought 9 in the box.
The Texans faked hard on the run, with AJ the only receiver running a deep crossing route across the middle, right toward the lone safety Bullitt.

I have no idea what kind of play call that was.
You can check out the low-light on nfl.com, or maybe not!

The only way that play can work is for the safety to completely abandonning his post and come up in run support oe simply stay back more than 30 yds deep and do not react (like Wilson); otherwise, Schaub would have to just throw the ball away.

Bullitt ran the ball back to the Houston 37, but the refs marked the ball at the 35, WTH?
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The Colts dink and dunk to the 14-yd line before Manning threw a TD to Wayne.
Pollard vacated his spot in the 3-deep zone to chase the route and was beat by Wayne's in and out move.

Manning completed 6 of 7 quick passes.
Okoye put Manning on his back once as he dumped the ball off to Addai for 3 yards.
He got to Manning again on the TD pass, but a hair too late.
Had Pollard held his spot in the zone, Manning would either have to throw the ball away or got sacked.

Jackson had good coverage on one incompletion to Garcon.
He also had his first bad moment in the game on another incompletion as Garcon beat him by a couple of steps, but the ball was just a tad high.
He needed to make a clean catch to keep both feet in bound; any slight bobble would have him carried out of the end zone due to momentum.

The Texans had one-on-one coverage as they sent 5 to rush the passer and Wilson played centerfielder.
Strangely, they didn't guard the passing lane as Mario went around the RT and Smith closely behind. The area bewtween the C and the side line was completely clear of obstruction. With 2 receivers and the TE facing single coverage on this side, Manning and a clear vision can spell doom for any defense.
Either Smith messed up his assignment or it was a badly designed pass rush scheme.

This is what would happen throughout the season.
The Texans pass rush actually brought quite a bit more pressure than the opponents can bring to Schaub, but they would come undone in this fashion at times.
Or mobile guys like McNabb and Vick would elude the pressure.

Now I want to elaborate a bit about what I mean by "the pass rush" needs to tie with the coverage.
Guarding the passing lanes is one of them, especially when you're in man coverage.
I don't want to defend Jackson here.
I just want to point out that in such a scheme; you want the CBs (Jackson and Quin) to play aggressively on the WRs.
With Pollard playing back (even though he was supposed to be in one-on-one with the TE), I would say the SS (Pollard) can show coverage on the TE but jumped back quickly to help the CBs on the deep routes. A slant by the TE will be defended by the FS Wilson.
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The Texans went 3 and out on their next possession with JJ dropping a pass, Foster losing two yards on a run, and Schaub getting sacked.


The Colts got the ball back with 3:50 to go at their 35.

Mario got a sack as an OLB, standing up way outside the TE.
No, he didn't always take a false step (wake up, Wade; you fell asleep watching film, LOL!)
Smith got credit for 1/2 a sack as he joined in with Mario when the RG came off the double-team to take on the blitzing Demeco.

On third and ten, Mario got to Manning again playing the OLB position (Wade is still snoring, LOL!) just as he dumped the ball off to Addai who gained 8 yds.
The Texans rushed 5 and dropped back into a 4-2 zone with the 4 underneath defenders stretching to follow the 4 receivers; that left Addai all alone (Quin reacted back quickly but missed a tackle.) I guess the Texans took a chance there (leaving Addai alone) around midfield; which is a good spot for taking a little risk.
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With 58 secs left, the Colts had first and ten at the Texans 32.
Manning completed a pass to Garcon for 26 yds (with Pollard putting on a hit 1 yard or two before the receiver went down.)

I'm pretty sure the good folks at Football Outsiders charged this one to Jackson, and I would disagree for the following reasons:

- The Texans dropped in a 5-2 zone; the underneath zone is 22 yards max; anything beyond that is the deep zone, which belongs to the safety.

- The Texans had Jackson play inside leverage to turn the receiver in while Quin ran inside the TE; both combine to funnel the 2 receiving threats toward the safety Pollard.

- Pollard had stayed very long inside to make sure that the QB wouldn't dare throwing into double coverage; however, he should break off the bracket a fraction of a second sooner (we're talking 1/10 of a second here, because that's what this game is all about, that's what seperates a good safety from a mediocre one.)
It was a great one-handed catch by Garcon; if only the hit would come a hair sooner, there was no way he could have hang on to the ball.

- Jackson would trail slightly behind the receiver, looking back at the QB to maybe steal one underneath, either on a pass to the receiver or the TE.
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On first and goal at the 6, Jackson came off his man quickly to stop Addai for a short one-yd gain yo the outside.

People tend to underestimate the CB in run support, but that could have been a TD easily.
Foster was on the way to a banner day (so far it hasn't shown since he was only 10 for 40 yards in the first half).
And what do you think guys like Chris Johnson make a living on?


On 2nd and 5, Cody sniffed out the shovel pass to minimize Addai to a 3-yd gain.


On 3rd and 2, Jackson blanketed Garcon and beat him to the spot to avert any chance of a catch.

The Colts had to settle for a FG to trail by 3 at halftime.
A TD would have put them ahead and killed all the momentum the Texans had built so far.
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The Texans started the second half with a 15-play drive that consumed 8 minutes, ending with a TD run by Foster.

There were only 2 passes on this drive.

An "incompletion" to Jacoby in which Powers was all over the receiver's back (the announcer confirmed it and replay clearly showed it) but no PI was called.
It would have given the Texans a first down on the Colts 8-yd line.

The Texans achieved the result on the next play, nevertheless, on a completion to AJ for 6yds to the same spot.

On this play, the Colts were in 2 deep 5 under man coverage.
The CB (either Haden or Powers) lost AJ to a slant; the safety Bethea did his job but couldn't stop the third down conversion.


The Colts CBs weren't really terrible in run support, but didn't help.

That is except for one play in which Haden lost the edge and allowed Foster to scamper to the outside for 13 yds before Bethea can stop him.

Texans led 20-10 with 7 mins to go in the third.
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The Colts then went 46 yards on 12 plays, but had to punt the ball again.

Jackson showed his all-around skills on a couple of plays.

On a 9yd-completion to Clark in the short curl (the inside 1/4 zone), Jackson was dropping into his outside 1/4 zone, but read the play quickly and came back inside to tackle the TE, limiting him to a 6-yd gain.

As Diles joined in (this area was Diles' responsibility), Jackson tried to pry the ball out of Clark's hand. He was unsuccessful, but demonstrated the smart.

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On the 17-yd cut back run by Addai, Quin (at nickel back) lost back-side containment as he got blocked in by the slot receive - all the way to the hashmarks on the other side, choking off Demeco's pursuit lane.

Jackson did very well holding up his receiver inside the hashmarks on the back side, turning Addai in, and denying him the freedom to run wild.
Wilson had to do a whole lot better reading the play.

As both receivers were clearly blocking the 2 DBs, he needed to come up sooner to support the run.
He could have stopped Addain short of the first down.
Instead, he came up late and let Addai run right over him.

Pollard came over but also missed the tackle up high.

Jackson got off his man to save the safeties (as Diles and Jamison also arrived).
Had Jackson been washed away like Quin, this has all the marks of a TD run for the Colts.
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On 1st and 10 at the Texans 33, Smith deflected a pass when he decided to guard the passing lane.
I keep insisting that this is as important as pressure on the QB.

On second and ten, Pollard made a mistake vacating his deep 1/2 zone but was lucky when Manning's pass sailed high over Clark (Diles covering);
Manning felt pressure by Nading (outside) and Demeco (inside) and threw the ball a tad earlier than he wanted to.

After the Colts got flagged for delay of game, Mario and Nading beat the OTs on either side to sack Manning and push the Colts out of FG range.

Punt.
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The Texans then took the ball from their 20 to the Indy 42.

AJ beat Haden on a quick 6-yd slant; it isn't easy to stop these routes when the QB and the receiver get on the same page; therefore, I hardly ever jump on the CB's case unless it's a critical situation (in the red zone or on third down coversion when they need to take risk to make a play (a PI of 5-yd or thereabout is more than worth the risk.)


On third and 4, Schaub got lazy and didn't step into his throw (he basically threw from his back foot) and send the ball a meager 30 yards downfield. (The announcer confirmed this.)

AJ had beaten the RCB Tryon easily by simply stepping outside and run down the side line.
The short throw slowed AJ down and turned him completely around and he just couldn't pull in the pass.
That was a sure TD as I've seen one.


But Tryon would become EllisUnit's shut down CB as he got credited for a pass defended in the official score card.
( LOL! What great thing stats can do for you!)


In the first quarter, the Colts were in a 5-2 zone; and Tryon had given Walter almost a 10-yd cushion from the start.
Schaub completed a quick pass to Walter for 7 yards.
But now, he "managed" to cut down the completion allowed percentage by a whole 50%.

Texans had to punt the ball with 12:38 to go in the 4th.
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Nice breakdown. Do you put blame on coaching or lack of talent for our breakdowns in coverage?
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Default Re: Week one vs Colts Game Notes

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Nice breakdown. Do you put blame on coaching or lack of talent for our breakdowns in coverage?
Coaching:
Too many different schemes and techniques for the young CBs to learn and practice.

Talent:
Wilson had lost a step.
I don't know how many concussions he had, but it looks like he was affected that way from time to time.
Pollard has the physicality, but lack lateral and hip flexibility as well as football IQ.
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