In Depth Look at the Barwin Safety Play.

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  1. Brandon420tx

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    I'm going to start by saying NFL Rewind kicks ass.

    Anyways I was re-watching the game, when I noticed something interesting on the sack safety play.

    I remember in the gameday thread someone talking about how the Guard was always move before the snap and why wasn't there a false start called on him all game long. The answer to that is the Guard is allowed to tap the center in shotgun formations before getting "set". This allows the Center to prepare to long snap without having to look between his legs to see if the QB is ready. This prevents possible injury to the Center, and allows him to watch the D better before the snap, it's also a staple of the hurry up offense.

    This is key to this play, and the person who makes this play is Antonio Smith.

    If you rewatch the play you'll see the Center and the Oline calling out potential blitzers and having people set up their blitz pickup. The Guard then taps the center. AS SOON AS this happens, Antonio Smith shifts to the right and completely throws the entire offensive line out of it. The left guard was supposed to shoot outside and take Barwin, but instead gets swallowed up by Antonio Smith.
    Mercilus and Watt Run a stunt, with the RG having his hands full with Watt the RT tries to follow Mercilus but Watt gets in the way (Watt also jumps into the air and you can see the RG and RT freak out).
    The center who was the most confused by A. Smith's shift barely touches Mercilus as he rushing in through the center and he would have had the sack if Barwin didn't.
    On the pre-snap read, you can see the Center pick out Bradie James, I'm pretty sure he called for the RT to pick him up because it looks Barwin is going into coverage (judged by him walking behind 53 pre snap, but Barwin moves back after the Center Tap) James however runs a stunt with A. Smith and the LT tries to follow him inside letting Barwin sneak past him.

    Basically the pre-snap tap allowed the Texans to show one look to the offense and then drastically change it in that one second interval before the center snapped the ball, resulting in confusion and victory. A. Smith pretty much takes out the entire left side of the line and left the center in lala land.

    Hopefully 76Texan can contribute some pictures.
     
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    I believe they brought 8 on that one .... with only Nolan , Jackson and Joseph in coverage ... Big gamble that paid off.
     
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    They only brought 6, Theres 7 along the line at the start of the play and Quinn breaks off and follows one of the bunched receivers over the middle. The Other 6 rushed. 1 safety stayed deep and it looked like the other 4 went man. One of the receivers that went over the middle was wide open though but Flacco would have needed another second to throw him into space as Quinn was in the throwing lane as he followed his man
     
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    Very nice recap of the play!

    I tried to take screen shots, but somehow the program keeps freezing up at that point.

    I think the Packers got to us one time last week with Clay moving quickly from the outside into the middle just before the snap.
     
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    On the radio this evening Wade said this was a play and response to a formation they spotted last year. They almost got a sack on it then and adjusted it a bit for this year.
     
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    Now with motion!

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    Man he had some momentum going....
     


  9. 76Texan

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    Thanks, Dutch.

    Notice also that Watt took on the double-team so that Mercilus can stunt inside.
    This angle didn't show it, but the Center did try to hold off Mercilus, but he was too quick.
    If Barwin didn't get to Flacco, Mercilus would have.
    And that would be just before Manning pushed Rice into the QB.

    We scheduled a meeting there in their end zone. [​IMG]
     
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    That's good to know.
     
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    Corrosion, we blitzed six:

    From our left to right:
    Manning, Mercilus, Watt, Smith, James, Barwin (before snap)

    With the RB staying to block, they had 4 route runners.
    We covered them with KJ, Quin, McCain, and JJo and Nolan at middle deep safety.
     
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    looks like flacco pump fakes to get watt to bite, might have bought an extra second for barwin to get there.. watt making an impact by just being on the field.... one of those situations where rodgers would have let it fly and ended up with a 95 yard TD..
     
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    There was nothing on that play that was gonna' happen except a sack in the end zone.

    1. Rice took Manning, which left Barwin unopposed on the opposite side.

    2. Their RG chose to double team Watt alongside his RT, which opened up a massive gap that Mercilus was stunting through.

    3. Either Manning, Mercilus, or Barwin was going to get the sack there.

    Wade Phillips is masterful. It's almost an art form.
     
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    Wrong. James was playing a spy or containing the middle of the pocket. He makes contact with the LT at the snap, and then backs off...free'ing up Barwin. The LT got screwed on that play because he essentially had to choose between Barwin or James at the snap. James shoves, then backs up and runs to the middle, and IMO was only drawing that contact in order to get Barwin free'd up on the edge. James was a good 7 yards back of Flacco... I won't dispute that James was applying pressure, but to say he was blitzing? The other 5 were blitzing, James was cleaning up anything that escaped that mouse trap.

    We blitzed FIVE. Not six. James was not blitzing, he was reacting to the pocket collapsing and was there to clean up Flacco if he tried to rush up the middle to escape our FIVE blitzers on that play.
     
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    A Player (James) who engages an O-lineman on a blitz to free up another defender is part of the blitz.

    That should be a pretty simple concept.

    Ortherwise, you could say that Watt simply slanted to the inside and just stood there to contain in case Flacco escape from the pocket.

    Or you could say that Smith only moved over just before the snap to create confusion in the blocking scheme, forcing the Guard to him on, and therefore leaving the LT with the impossible task of deciding who to take on between James and Barwin.

    The truth of the matter is that if the protection called for the LT to take on Barwin, James would have come straight in and feast on Flacco.
     
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    Also, there's no need to contain the middle since Smith and Mercilus were blitzing the weak and strong side A gap respectively.

    Watt was blitzing the strong side B gap; therefore, the only interior gap left is the weakside B gap and it's only makes sense that James was going for that gap.
     
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    Everyone immediately rushes but James. James patty-cakes, shuffles a bit, then starts filling a gap where a guy like Rice or Flacco might seek refuge from the storm.

    And if you're Wade Phillips, you know what you and I know: Bradie James is not your best option to get to the QB. Instead, use James to draw contact, which then allows a guy like Barwin who IS a much better option (hell, that's really supposed to be his entire job description, tbh) to get after the QB on pass plays.

    Just because James is moving upfield does not mean he has become a blitzer. I don't think we have to use upfield movement to say he's "blitzing the QB." From that animated GIF, when I watch it over and over, James is not a 6th blitzer there. 5 true blitzers and a spy/contain guy to mop up what's left over IF things spill on aisle 9.

    Bradie James' knock, from Cowboys fans, was that he's slow. Has a great mind for the game, gets the guys in sync out there (like DeMeco did) but let's not be under any illusions that Bradie James is being utilized by Wade this season as a blitzer at the QB. On that play, I just don't see Bradie James having a role of getting to the QB. We had five guys and confused the hell out of them...and James drew attention that got Barwin the green light.
     
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    There are a couple of instances where I think Wade might drop a defender back, but neither was the case here.

    1. On a blitz and peel, the WILB (James) and the WOLB (Barwin) - depending on the play called - could peel to follow the RB since he was the only offensive thread not cover by any defender. Wade might assign the WILL to spy on the RB; however, as soon as this ILB recognized that the RB stayed back to block, he should continue on with the blitz.

    2. Wade could drop on of the LBs into the short hole to help defending any shallow cross that the offense might run as a hot to avoid the blitz.
     
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    And why did I come up with these ideas, GP?

    I had studied Wade's playbook (not a complete one, mind you) and learned many of his blitzing schemes.
     

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