Breakdown: Defense vs Steelers

Note:  I stopped charting after the 8th drive because…reasons.

Lining Up:

Pitt came out in 11 personnel (1RB, 1TE) and we matched up with our Nickel defense:


That yellow line is where the Steelers tried to run the ball.  You see Baker labeled as “3-tech” which means he is lined up on the outside shoulder of the Guard (i.e. in between the Guard and Tackle), the Steelers ran away from the 3-tech and into that space/bubble almost the entire game.  I charted runs AWAY from the 3 tech and runs TOWARD the 3 tech and got:

AWAY:  16 carries for 81 yards (5.1 ypc)

TOWARD:  6 carries for 31 yards (5.1 ypc)

They didn’t attempt a single run to the 3 tech side until the 2nd quarter.  Coming into the game it looks like they wanted to run away from Baker and toward any combination of Reyes, Hood and Golston.  The yards per carry were the same to both sides but that’s a little misleading.  There was one big gain on a run toward the 3 tech that was a function of our line slanting away from the direction the RB was running:


That’s just the perfect play call from the offense.  They pulled the guard and down blocked on our slanting line.  Outside of this play the Steelers could only manage 3 ypc when running toward the 3 tech–which was usually Baker before we started shuffling guys around.

We stayed in Nickel and Dime until the 3rd drive.  Pitt starting deploying 2 and 3 TEs and we responded with our 3-4:


DHall is off screen as the Free safety where he played the majority of his snaps.  Strong Safety was manned by Bruton (top of the frame, yellow shoes.)  He spent most of his time lined up over the tight ends and we brought him down into the box more frequently in the 2nd half.  Compton and Foster started at LB.  Compton went the whole way, Foster was subbed out for Cravens on 3rd downs.

Cornerbacks were Norman and Breeland with Dashaun Phillips coming in as our Nickel corner.  Cravens is the Dime package substitution but plays with linebacker responsibilities.  I wasn’t sure how to classify those formations so I just called them “Cravens Dime.”

Anyways, on with the show:

Defensive Line            
  Run     Pass    
Player + total + total
Baker 3.5 1.5 2 2 0 2
Golston 4 4.5 -0.5 0.5 1.5 -1
Kerrigan 3 1.5 1.5 0.5 0 0.5
Francois 0.5 0 0.5 1.5 0 1.5
Hood 2 4.5 -2.5 1.5 0.5 1
Smith 1 5.5 -4.5 3.5 0 3.5
Reyes 2 2.5 -0.5 0 0 0
Murphy 0 0.5 -0.5 0 1 -1
Total 16 20.5 -4.5 9.5 3 6.5

Baker was the only lineman able to hold up against the run consistently.  Golston had an up and down day, he flashed good awareness and pursuit on this sweep play:

But he struggled against double teams and got crushed by a couple one-on-ones.  This is an example of why they targeted our bubble:

He gets removed from the line by about 3 yards on a down block.  Also on that play look how Kerrigan takes on the TE:


That is definitely not how Barry teaches how to take on a sift block from the tight end.  When the tight end comes across the formation like that you are supposed to spill the RB, meaning, take away that inside lane and force the running back to bounce his run outside.  Last year versus the Pats Murphy showed a perfect example of how to take on this block:

He hits Gronk’s inside shoulder, if the running back wanted to run his way he’d have to bounce it outside which gives time for help to arrive.  Kerrigan kept taking on these blocks the wrong way and it led to a couple big gains on the ground.  He ends up positive on his rush defense because when he lines up across the tight end, he crushes them.  Here, Pitt tries to run it outside of him and he closes the door on it immediately:

I didn’t see much from Francois either way, which against this strong offensive line might be an encouraging data point.  He shot his gap a couple times and got in the backfield like he’s apt to do.  That will probably come in handy next week against Dallas and their outside zones.  Hood and Reyes showed the same struggles that Golston did: getting blown off the line by double teams and down blocks.  Preston Smith got washed down the line vs the run and at other times got after the quarterback too aggressively and left run lanes open behind him:

His mind is in a frenzied “must kill quarterback” mode which I guess isn’t so bad when you can do stuff like this:

He shows power when he gets under the Tackle’s pads and knocks him off balance and then displays his speed when he runs right by him.  He’s showing signs that he’s already surpassed Kerrigan as our best pass rusher.  Baker flashed a couple pressures, here he is with a nasty bull rush:

You can also see Hood stunning his man and allowing Smith a clear lane to loop into.  Overall it was tough to grade our defensive line pressures because Ben was getting the ball out so damn quick.  Out of Empty 5 wide:

I mean…are those even routes?

  Run     Pass    
Player + Total + Total
Foster 2.5 3.5 -1 1.5 0.5 1
Compton 7.5 3 4.5 2 1.5 0.5
Cravens 0 0 0 0 2 -2
Total 10 6.5 3.5 3.5 4 -0.5

Foster wasn’t as sure with his reads like he was versus the Bears and a few other teams last year.  I’m guessing he doesn’t quite trust and/or know what to expect from this revamped defensive line.  Losing Paea and Hatcher looks to be affecting Foster’s reads but we need more data from the season before we know for sure.  For now I’ll say that’s probably what’s happening.  But fuck all that noise because Will Compton!  He was picking up little +0.5’s all game long.  He looks more confident with his reads:

(That play is stopped at or near the line if Golston doesn’t get blown out of his gap.)

He is engaging lineman with violence:

So like, hooray.  If he continues that I don’t think it will be too long before our linebackers will be a definite improvement over last year.  He still gets caught up with his guard reads.  Last year he got taken out of a play versus the Panthers because he got sucked in by a guard pull misdirection.  On Monday he read a guard in pass pro and dropped back in coverage during a run play.  Look at the Guard that Compton is aligned over.  Then watch Compton’s reaction:

It’s a lingering issue that might pop up here and there.  Probably wont hurt us in between the 20s, it would be more of an issue near the goal line.

Pro Football Focus was very high on Cravens:

14 of Cravens’ 17 snaps were in coverage, where he acquitted himself well. He gave up three receptions on four targets, but only for a total of 12 yards.

That’s technically accurate but I think he wasn’t targeted more because he wasn’t around the ball to be a target:

When he dropped into zone coverage he seemed a little robotic.  He ran to his spot and then kinda just stood there.  If he was covering dirt he didn’t adjust to help cover other guys near him.  It’s fine, he’s a rookie and that kinda stuff is to be expected and he’ll get coached up.  But it looks like those are the reasons my grade and PFF’s are different for Cravens.

Defensive Backs            
  Run     Pass    
Player + Total + Total
Phillips 0 0 0 0.5 2 -1.5
Norman 0.5 0 0.5 0.5 0 0.5
Breeland 0 1 -1 4 7 -3
Bruton 1.5 1 0.5 1.5 4.5 -3
Dhall 0 2 -2 0 2 -2
Toler 0 0 0 0 2 -2
Total 2 4 -2 6.5 17.5 -11
Coverage 8.5 28 -19.5
Pressure 8 6 2

A lot of the negative coverage grades would’ve been mitigated if Coach Barry stopped weighing our guys down with whatever system nuances prevented us from getting Norman on Brown.  I can’t find the clip but there was one play where Norman laid hands on Brown in press coverage.  That’s insanity but he was able to pull it off.  I’d be surprised to see any more than a couple of corners this season with the guts and athleticism to jam Antonio Brown.

What does it all mean for Dallas?

  • While I agree Barry should’ve had the corners flipped I don’t see what good changing the scheme will do for the Cowboys.  Breeland already showed he can handle Dez.
  • Can we please start Jean-Francois over Reyes?  I’m not seeing what Reyes brings to the table that JF can’t one-up
  • Foster has another week to get comfortable behind this revamped defensive line.  Compton has another week to solidify his improved play.
  • Jury is still out on Cravens’ pass coverage but his pursuit to the ball carrier looks NFL ready.
  • Hood, Reyes and Golston all struggled.  We get to see if the Steelers are just that damn good or if there are long term issues with our defensive line.


Drive 1 (11:16)
Ln Dn Ds RB TE Off Formation Def Formation R(3T)/P Play Call Yards
St13 1 10 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Nickel over Run (away) Power C 0
RB lined up to 3T side.  Steelers pull the center with Baker lined up in a 3 over the backside guard.  Baker (+1) recognizes the center pulling and works upfield fast and makes the tackle, Golston (+0.5) shoots his gap and gets in the backfield but gets sealed out.  Preston Smith (-0.5) works to far upfield and takes himself out the play.  Compton and Foster (+0.5) work their fits with Foster meeting the pulling center at the LOS and funnels to help.
St13 2 10 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Bunch Nickel over Pass Slant 6
Quick slant, LBs working hook-curl with Compton and Norman on the tackle
St19 3 4 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Cravens Dime Pass Swing 2
 Not sure how to count Cravens so I’ll call it that.  He works hard to the curl area and comes up to tackle the RB.  Kinda  poor tackle but it stopped the first down so I’m not going to minus it.  Compton (+0.5) worked hard to the sidelines to help.
Punt.  9:30 remains 1st qtr. 0-0
Drive 2 (5:56)
Ln Dn Ds RB TE Off Formation Def Formation R(3T)/P Play Call Yards
St25 1 10 1 1 Empty 5 Wide Nickel split Pass Off Coverage 5
It’s not even a route, they just threw it to Brown since Breeland was 6 yards off.  Easy money.  We dropped Golston for any crossig routes and Compton played hook area behind him.
St30 2 5 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Nickel over Run (away) Inside Zone 4
RB lined up away 3T side.  The RB cuts back and runs this to the 1-9 bubble.  Golston slants while Kerrigan runs upfield to play contain this widens the bubble, must be miscommunication between Kerrigan and Golston or LBs didn’t fill behind this correctly.  Compton (-0.5) takes forever to read the play and gets blocked by the Guard.  Kerrigan (-0.5) has to reverse direction and ends up getting caught up in the wash.  Golston (-1) got sealed out and runs into Baker thus creating a pile that works against us.  Thankfully D’Angelo took a ton of choppy steps and doesn’t hit a wide open cutback until our safeties can come up and make a play.
St34 3 1 1 1 Ace 3×1 Bunch Cravens Dime over Pass Drag 20
Cravens (-2) totally busts his assignment.  A late switch causes confusion out of the bunch formation and he lets his man, the TE, go uncovered while he attacks run.  That leavs Norman in a precarious situation as he has to cover 17 an 81 who both stemmed their routes deep.  Ben had the TE  open deep.  DHall blitzed FWIW. (pressure -1) (coverage-2)  Baushad was in press for this play.
S46 1 10 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Nickel over Pass WR Screen 0
Incomplete, Steelers are taking the free yards we are giving them with our off coverage.  Phillips (+0.5) blew up his blocker and Compton (+0.5) was in good position for  TFL if it was caught.  Norman (+0.5) discarded his blocker.
S46 2 10 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Nickel over Pass  Hook INT
Pitt has 2 WR in the boundary.  Rush 4, Compton has RB Foster plays hook.  Bruton has the TE.  WR sits in the hole between Foster and Bashaud but the throw is off and Baushad (+3) deflects and picks off the pass.  Dashaun Phillips had real nice one-on-one coverage vs Antonio Brown (coverage +1)
Interception.  3:46 remains 1st qtr. 3-0.
Drive 3 (1:08)
Ln Dn Ds RB TE Off Formation Def Formation R(3T)/P Play Call Yards
St25 1 10 1 2 Ace 3×1 Bunch 3-4 over Pass Sack -12
First 3-4 appearance of the day.  5 man front consists of Kerrigan, JF at 3 tech, Hood at nose, Reyes replacing Hatcher positon last year and then Preston Smith.  Smith is aligned over the 4 man surface that has 2 TE, Kerrigan is over the 2 man surface.  It looks like the 2 TE bunch messes up our keyes because an RB goes uncovered and Preston Smith and Norman cover the same area (coverage -1)  It’s weird giving coverage a minus since Ben holds onto the ball for 5 seconds and takes a sack.  Ben just screwed this one up.  Pressure is created by Kerrigan (+0.5) and JF (+0.5) stunting and drawing their guys inside allowing Hood (+1) to loop around and get to Ben plus the fumble.  It was slow developing so no positive grade on pressure.
St13 2 22 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Nickel over Pass HB Screen 14
Baushaud is again 6 yards off, while Norman is in Press.  Foster (coverage -1) looks to be tasked with RB coverage and he drops back in his hook-curl zone thus leaving nobody around to take care of the screen.  Baushaud had his back turned on the play like he was in man coverage instead of zone.  Which could have been his assignment and in which case the Steelers called the perfect play.
St27 3 8 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Cravens Dime split Pass Hook 13
Preston Smith (+1) (pressure +1) rocks the tackle back and then gets around him and he’s at the QB in 3 and 1/2 seconds.  Cravens takes the RB leaving Compton underneath in Hook coverage.  Phillips (coverage +1) does a good job again sticking to AB.  Pinpoint throw beats him.
St40 1 10 1 3 Ace 2(tight)x2 3-4 over Run (away) Split Zone 8
Kerrigan aligned to the 3 man surface (2 prior to motion) and Smith aligned to the 4 man surface.   Baker aligned over the tacke and TE oh I hope he destroys them.  Bruton in the box over the strength.  Kerrigan takes on the pulling H Back/TE and hits with his inside shoulder trying to contain.  Golston (-1.5) gets blown off the ball and a huge hole opens up inside of Kerrigan.  Golston was expecting something different that what was thrown at him because he looked lost at the snap.  Tackle gets free release into Foster (-0.5) who is a little slow to react and loses his balance as he sheds around his blocker.  Norman (+0.5) comes off his man and makes the tackle.  Compton (+1) did a great job running around his blocker and diagnosing this play early.  He would’ve had a TFL if Golston held his ground.
St48 2 2 1 3 Ace 2(tight)x2 3-4 over Run (to) outside zone 3
Baker (+0.5) is the 3 tech and he holds ground and controls his leverage and gap integrity.  Kerrigan (+0.5) does what he did a million times last year and that’s defeat the TE block and hold a strong edge/contain.  Golston (-0.5) starts by getting blown off the ball but then makes a great play by shedding his block and getting around it to tackle the RB, who already has a first down.  Hood (-0.5) takes a weird pursuit angle, looks like got blown off the line too.  Baushaud fills nicely on the back end.  Foster (-0.5) looks hesitant, he had 2 OL free releasing towards him, same with Compton.  Foster gets the minus because he hesitates too long even with the 600 lb problem in front of him.
S49 1 10 1 2 Ace 2(tight)x2 3-4 over Run (away) Power G 3
Pitt attacking the bubble again with the run.  This time Baker is 3 tech and the ball is run away from him as the Guard pulls toward the bubble between Golston and Hood.  Baker (+1) sees the pull and heads up the line and makes the tackle.  Golston (+0.5) holds at the POA and takes out 2 Pitt OL.  Hood (-1) can’t hold up at the POA vs a TE and T.  Not good.  Compton (+0.5) fires his gap and rocks the tackle back but is a little late comming off that play to make the tackle.  Bruton (+0.5) fits his gap and funnels back to help where Baker makes the aforementioned tackle.
S46 2 7 1 2 Ace 2(tight)x2 3-4 over PA Pass Waggle 8
Murphy replaces Kerrigan to the 2 man surface, Smith lined up across the 4 man surface.  Outside zone run action, Murphy slants hard inside to prevent and cutback.  It looks like he had flat coverage and blew it.  Foster is covering deep hook.  It’s possible the outside CB had this zone but it looks like Murphy (-1)  is the culprit (coverage -2)
S38 1 10 1 2 Ace 2(tight)x2 3-4 over Run Split Zone 2
Murphy (-0.5) doesn’t react to the down block by the tackle and just sits there playing Meditate and Contain.  Last year he was destroying the pulling TE on these split zones.  He fails to do so here and an extra gap opens up for the RB.  Reyes (+0.5) provides good effort in keeping Foster clean.  Golston (+0.5) holds his POA and loses leverage at the very end but that’s ok because Compton (+1) beats the releasing OL blocker again by getting skinny and makes the tackle. JF does that thing where he shoots his gap vs a zone block and gets penetration.  I’m not sure if this is good or reckless, but it looks badass.
S36 2 8 1 2 Ace 3×1 Bunch 3-4 over Pass Hook Inc
Reyes and Murphy slant inside and Golston tries to loop around but can’t get off his block.  We rush 5 with Kerrigan playing TE on pass, Compton and Foster play hook zones.  Kerrigan mans up on the TE in the flat.  They snap it right as AB motions over, it looks like they are trying to snap it before Norman can align in press (coverage -1).  AB finds a hole between Norman and Bruton.
S36 3 8 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Bunch Cravens Dime split Pass Drag 7
Kerrigan and Smith are aligned on the same side and run a twist stunt but it’s picked up perfectly (pressure -1) Cravens and Phillips flare outside to the Flats, Bruton and Compton have hook.  So it’s rush 4, 4 underneath 3 deep.  Throw to the TE and Bruton (-0.5) takes forever to close in on this.  Compton (+0.5) assists on the tackle.  Ben had time and checked it down (coverage +1)
S29 4 1 1 1 Ace 3×1 Bunch  Nickel Split Pass Go 29(TD)
(coverage -4)  Almost everyone screws up their assignment on this.  Communication pre snap has everyone confused.  Bruton plays the TE who stays in to block.  Norman and Phillips cover NOBODY.  Both guys cover dirt to the outside as the WRs cross over the middle wide open as both ILB’s–Compton and Foster–rush the QB.  Wtf.  DHall looks to have Deep 1/2 responsibility and blows that as he steps up at the snap and peeks in the backfield while AB blows by him.  I don’t think anyone but Breeland did their job on this play.
Touchdown.  6-7.  10:18 remains 2nd qtr
Drive 4 (6:19)
Ln Dn Ds RB TE Off Formation Def Formation R(3T)/P Play Call Yards
St33 1 10 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Nickel over Run (away) Draw 5
JF (+0.5) stunts into the bubble and fills causig the RB to stop his momentum and redirect.  Kerrigan stunts to where JF was gets held like a mofo and can’t disengage from the block/hold which gives the RB space to cut upfield (refs -1).  Foster (-1) is late to react and cant shed a TE block–this Jesse James kid might be a good blocker–and doesn’t contact the RB till he gets 5 yards.
St38 2 5 1 1 Empty 5 Wide Nickel over Pass TE Hook 4
JF and Reyes run a stunt, we rush 4.  Looks like 4 underneath with Foster and Phillips taking the curl-flat and Compton and Dhall taking the Hooks.  TE just sits in front of Compton and Dhalls zone drops.  (coverage +0.5) (pressure -1)
St42 3 1 1 1 Pistol Offset I Nickel over Run(away) Inside Zone 3
RB starts to run toward the 3 tech but then cuts back to the bubble where it’s usually meant to go, so I charted this as away.  Hood (-1) gets blown out his gap and Kerrigan (+0.5) sets a good edge.  Dhall has contain.  In between Kerrigan and Hood are now 2 gaps that Compton has to account for, he fires through one and the RB readjusts and squeezes through for the 1st down.
St45 1 10 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Nickel over Run(away) Power T 9
Now they are pulling Tackles.  This looks to mess up Compton (-1) as he keys #66 who is the guard and is in a high hat pass protect block.  Compton is dropping back into zone coverage as the ball is handed off.  Hood slants away from the run and gets sealed out along with Kerrigan and JF.  Preston Smith (-1) slants inside to cover Hood’s gap after trying to okie doke the Tackle with a false outside step and he just gets destroyed off the line.  Huge cut back is there.  Foster (-0.5) reads the Power late and meets the Tackle 2 yards past the LOS and funnels to help.  Hood (+0.5) hustles to make the tackle along with a DB
S46 2 1 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Nickel over Run (to) outside zone 0
Jet sweep motion fools nobody as Preston Smith (+1) gives backside pursuit and tackles the RB as he cuts back.  Playside Kerrigan (+1) destroys the TE block and sets and edge forcing the RB to cut back.  Reyes (+0.5) does a good job holding the POA.  RB stops to cut and meets Smith and Foster (+0.5) for no gain.  D’Will has some choppy footwork.
S46 3 1 1 2 Ace 3(tight)x1 Bear Front Run (n/a) Dive 3
Golston (+1) gets penetration against his block, Reyes (-1) gets the double team and can’t hold up.  Compton (+0.5) and Foster (+0.5) fill their gaps and the RB if forced to bounce it outside where Preston Smith (-1) gets washed down the line and muddies the read for Bruton and Norman.  Preston Smith got punished by a TE.  Not good.
S43 1 10 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Nickel over Pass In 5
WR sits in front of the Hook zone defenders for an easy pick up.  RB was wide open in the flat (coverage -1)
S38 2 5 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Cravens Dime over Pass Screen Inc
Baker (+1) (pressure+1) gets pressure to force a high throw.  Drag routes are still uncovered and Cravens is covering dirt.  Might not be a big deal, we’ll see
S38 3 5 1 1 Empty 5 Wide 3–2–5 Pass Slant 4
Again, not even a route.  HB just takes a long hand off basically (coverage -1)  Cravens is lined up 6 yards off
S34 4 1 1 1 Ace 3×1 Bunch Goalline Pass Drag 19
(coverage -2)  Phillips (-1) allows for a easy inside release and he can’t catch up.
S15 1 10 1 1 Empty 5 Wide Cravens Dime over Pass Hitch 6
(coverage -1) These aren’t even routes anymore.  Defense is confused and Pitt is just finding holes in our coverage to stand in.  Ball is out quick, no chance for a pressure.  Cravens Bruton and Phillips, all new guys, seem to be confused.
S9 2 4 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Cravens Dime over Pass TE Seam Inc
(coverage +1) Rush 4 (Pressure -1) and Cravens has the RB with Compton playing hook zone.  Man coverage with Dhall playing Free Safety behind.  Bruton (+1) is manned up on the TE and makes a PBU.
S9 3 4 1 1 Empty 5 Wide Cravens Dime split Pass TE zone 6
Compton (-0.5) is lined up way too far off the line.  Hood (-0.5) (coverage -1) doesn’t drop back in his zone quick enough.  He tried to get cute by stepping forward faking a rush.  I mean the ball is right by the endzone, just get in your drop.
S3 1 G 1 1 Empty 5 Wide Nickel over Pass Chaos 3(TD)
(coverage +1) We actually forced Ben to throw in a tight window.  Foster is in and is covering the RB out wide.  I’m wondering if Cravens is pulled or if they kept in Foster for added bulk in case of short runs.
Touchdown.  6-14.  :31 remains 2nd qtr
Drive 5 (15:00)
Ln Dn Ds RB TE Off Formation Def Formation R(3T)/P Play Call Yards
St25 1 10 1 2 Ace 2(tight)x2 3-4 over Run (away) Power G 7
Baker (+0.5) fills behind the pulling guard and gets penetration.  Golston takes a down block from the playside guard and gets sealed but stays at the LOS.  Maybe worthy of a minus.  Hood (+1) takes on a double and the tackle releases leaving him one-on-one with a TE and finally he crushes him driving him into the backfield and forcing a bounce.  Compton (+0.5) fills in that bubble gap nicely enough to make the RB not cut in there.  Smith (-1) gets washed down the line by a got damn TE.  Wtf.  Bruton (-1) fills outside of him with the wrong shoulder and its off to the races outside for the RB.
St32 2 3 1 2 Ace 2×2 3-4 over? PA Pass Dump off Inc
Baker (+1) (pressure +1) blows the guard into the QB’s lap.  Hood (+0.5) rocks back the Tackle and Smith (+0.5) loops around him and gets pressure as well.  Ben dumps it off incomplete.  Golston (+0.5) got off his block and got a hand on Ben too.
St32 3 3 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Cravens Dime over Pass Comeback 16
We send 6 (pressure +1)  AB just beats Breeland who can’t turn around.  Not sure who can stop that throw route combo.
St48 1 10 1 3 Ace 2(tight)x2 3-4 over Run (away) Split Zone 17
They run off Norman with the TE and pull another to kick out Kerrigan (-1) who keeps funneling instead of spilling.  Weird, this cant be coached like this.  Dhall (-2) is nowhere to be found vs 13 personel c’mon.  Foster fills his gap inside and can’t reach the edge in time.  All 3 of our DL got double teamed.  Hood (-1) got pushed back and inside way too far.
S35 1 10 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Nickel Over Run (to) Sweep 0
TE and Tackle down block and seal out Kerrigan and Baker.  Center and Guard pull outside.  Both converge on the same guy which leaves Bruton (+1) free to make the tackle along with Golston (+1.5) who hustled all the way from the nose guard spot.
S35 2 10 1 2 Ace 2(tight)x2 3-4 over Run (away) Iso 7
Tackle and guard seal out Hood (-1) and Golston (-1) gets pushed out his gap and regains it but 2 yards downfield and has his hands too full to make a tackle.  Compton (-1) gets Iso’d by the TE and can’t do much.
S28 3 3 1 2 Ace 3(tight)x1 Cravens Dime over Pass TE Seam Inc
Coverage (-2)  AB is wide open underneath.  We rush 4 and have 3 underneath.  Phillips (-1) is lost and the TE is wide open but just drops it.  No kind of jamming by the underneath defenders.  Drags are just wide open.
FG.  6-17.  11:20 remains 3rd qtr.
Drive 6 (9:05)
Ln Dn Ds RB TE Off Formation Def Formation R(3T)/P Play Call Yards
St25 1 10 1 1 Empty 5 Wide Cravens 3-4 Pass Check Down 0
Kerrigan and Baker run a stunt, nothing happens (pressure -1) (coverage +1) Ben has nothing downfield that he likes so he checks it down.  Compton (+1) closes in quickly.
St25 2 10 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Cravens 3-4 over Pass Go 42
Rush 5, Ben fumbles and makes an amazing throw downfield.  Compton has the TE, Cravens the RB.  Man free.  Toler (-2) (coverage -2) gets beat by a few steps.  No hands on the jam from press alignment either.
S33 1 10 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Nickel over Pass Check Down 7
Rush 4, no pressure (pressure -1).  3 underneath coverage and Bruton (-1) misses his tackle.
S26 2 3 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Nickel over Pass Shovel Inc
Smith (+1) (pressure +1) gets pressure, routes are all short but we had press coverage finally and wiped those out (coverage +1)
S26 3 3 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Nickel split Pass Go 26(TD)
(coverage -3) Breeland (-2) can’t press and gets burned.  Hall (-2) is late getting over.
Touchdown.  6-24.  About 7 minutes remain 3rd qtr.
Drive 7 (2:01)
Ln Dn Ds RB TE Off Formation Def Formation R(3T)/P Play Call Yards
St25 1 10 1 3 Ace 3(tight)x1 3-4 over Run (away) Counter 4
Double team on Reyes who does an okay job holding up and keeping LBs clean.   Preston Smith (-1) doesn’t read the down block and crash down enough.  He gets kicked out next to the double.  Bruton (+0.5) closes in fast and makes the tackle
St29 2 6 1 3 Ace 3(tight)x1 3-4 over Run (to) Inside Zone 4
Bruton in the box again.  Golston (-1) and Reyes (-0.5) take double teams and get pushed back and clog up the LB gap fits.  Reyes fights through to make the play
St33 3 2 1 2 Ace 2(tight)x2 Nickel over Pass Flat Inc
They try to create seperation for AB via motion.  Breeland (+1) (coverage +1) sticks to him.
Punt.  9-24.  0:31 remains 3rd quarter
Drive 8 (12:53)
Ln Dn Ds RB TE Off Formation Def Formation R(3T)/P Play Call Yards
St27 1 10 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Nickel over Pass Dump off 5
Golston loops around, Preston Smith (+1) (pressure +1) gets under the pads of the Tackle and places him in the QBs back.  Another pass underneath our Hook coverage.
St32 2 5 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Nickel over Run (to) Draw 9
Baker (-0.5) loses leverage to his right and Smith (-1) gets too far upfield not playing run at all.  Foster has to cover the TE and is out of the play.  Breeland (-1) misses an open field tackle.
St41 1 10 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Nickel over Run (away) Power T 4
Golston (-1) gets thrown out of his gap by one arm from the center.  Baker (+0.5) holds up to his double team Kerrigan (+0.5) gives good backside pursuit.  Compton (+0.5) funnels correctly to Foster (-0.5) who was a little late in reading the play.
St45 2 6 1 1 Empty 5 Wide Nickel split Pass TE Hitch 6
Compton (-1) (coverage -1) is covering a 40 yard seam route where I don’t see one.  We are giving everything up underneath.
S49 1 10 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Nickel over Run (away) Power T 8
Line slants right, Hood gets upfield and funnels the pulling T into Compton (+1) who funnels the RB further back to Baker (-1) and Foster (-0.5).  Baker got blown off by a double and Foster couldn’t get around his seal out block.  Bruton cleans up from behind.
S41 2 2 1 1 Shotgun 2Hx2 Nickel over Run (away) Inside Zone 3
Run cuts back away from 3 tech.  Hood (+0.5) and Reyes (-1) absorb doubles with Reyes getting pushed out by the center.  Guard comes off and takes out Compton.  Foster (-0.5) is a little late with his read.
S38 1 10 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Nickel over Run (away) Power C -3
Based off alignment the Center pulls on this power play.  Reyes (+1) crushes his down block.  Compton (+1.5) gets skinny on his blocker and shoots into the backfield.  Foster (+1) cleans up
S41 2 13 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Nickel over Pass Hook Inc
Finally we cover the underneath stuff.  (coverage +1)  We send 6 (pressure +1) and it looks like that hurried Ben’s throw.
S41 3 13 1 1 Shotgun 3×1 Cravens Dime Split Pass In 14
(coverage -2)  Corner is playing flat and watching the RB, Gruden says he should’ve pressed the WR longer.  Dhall has deep coverage and WR fits in between then.  Compton is covering dirt and drifting to a guy that is double covered.  He should’ve provided help with 14.
S27 1 10 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Cravens Dime over Run Sweep (holding) 5(-10)
Kerrigan (+0.5) sets an edge.  Bruton funnels to Cravens who gets held.  Baker held up and Compton (-0.5) takes ben on the read option fake.  Okay.
S32 1 15 1 1 Pistol Offset I Nickel over Pass Pump Fake Screen -4
Phillips takes the pump fake to AB, Foster (+1.5) cleans up on the screen.
S36 2 19 1 1 Pistol Cravens Dime Over Pass Comeback 21
We send 5 (pressure +1).  JF (+1) fights through a double team to get in Ben’s face.  AB just beats Breeland (-1) (coverage -1)
S15 1 10 1 1 Shotgun 2×2 Nickel over Run (to) Power G 15(TD)
Line slants right, Backers scrape over top with Compton getting picked off by free releasing tackle.  They called the perfect play to this line stunt.  Foster spills to Bruton (-4) and Breeland (-4) who miss their tackles.


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