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Redskins OFFENSE vs The Lions

Formations & Depth Chart

Versus our 11 personnel, Detroit went with their Nickel:

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When we went heavy, the Lions usually responded with a 4-4 look that had Cover 3 behind it:

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Detroit sometimes messed around with their DL alignments.  Here they have 3 defensive lineman aligned from the left guard to outside the left tackle and the safety is stacked behind them:

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In the chart, I called that one, “Nickel Trips DL”

Depth Chart:

  • RT: Moses (73)
  • RG: Scherff (58), backed up by Kouj (15)
  • C: Long (73)
  • LG: Lauvao (73)
  • LT: Williams (72)
  • TE: Davis (71), Paul (12), Nsekhe (11)
  • FB: Paul (7), Kelley (2)
  • RB: Thompson (43), Jones (22), Kelley (8)
  • WR: Garcon (57), DeSean (54), Crowder (55), backed up by Grant (20) and Mo Harris (4)

Rob Kelley got both his Fullback snaps at the goal line.  Scherff missed 15 snaps with an injury and was backed up by Kouj.  Nsekhe is really a 6th offensive lineman, but he’s eligible for a catch when he checks in so I’m classifying him here as a tight end.

The Show

First Drive:

The biggest theme from the 1st drive was missed opportunities.  It started on the third play of the first drive, where we ran Counter on 3rd and 1.  Lauvao and Scherff will eliminate 2 guys each–something that rarely happens at this level–and Niles Paul is left to dig out the most immediate threat as he pulls through the line:

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As Paul pulls through he doesn’t see his target coming from the left:

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If he did, Matt Jones is one on one with a safety and has a chance to flip field position and/or put us in field goal range.  Instead Paul got blind sided:

We end up getting the first but were so close to getting much more.

[AFTER THE JUMP:  The ‘9-6’ route, Grades, Cliff Notes, and a link to the Chart]

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Redskins DEFENSE vs The Lions

Formations & Depth Chart

We were in a 3-4 defense for about a quarter of the snaps throughout the game, otherwise we were mostly in Nickel with the line shifted toward the tight end:

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In passing situations we lifted Foster for Cravens or Garvin.  Cravens is seen here in our “Okie” front.  Okie means all the lineman and linebackers are standing at the line pre-snap:

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A few times, we replaced a safety for a 4th cornerback (line is ‘split’ for a better pass rush):

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Depth Chart – Nickel (out of 53 snaps):

  • DE:  Kerrigan (40) and Smith (38), backed up by Murphy (31)
  • DT:  Hood (44) and Baker (43), backed up by Francois (16), Jenkins (10) and Ioannidis (4)
  • ILB:  Compton (53), Foster (40)
  • Cravensbacker:  Cravens (11), Garvin (3)
  • Strong Safety:  Whitner (44) backed up by Nacho (9)
  • Free Safety:  Blackmon (39) backed up by Whitner (9)
  • CB:  Breeland (49) and Norman (28), backed up by Dunbar (27) and Toler (5)
  • Slot/Nickel CB:  Fuller (40)

‘Cravensbacker’ is the hybrid Linebacker/Safety position we play in place of Foster in passing situations.  With the 3-4 defense, Fuller gets lifted for an extra defensive lineman which was usually Francois.  Compton and Whitner were the only guys to play all 53 snaps.

The Show

Against the Giants we faced guards pulling from side to side which created moving gaps that our second level backers struggled to defend.  This time around the Lions tested us not with pulling guards but with pulling H-Backs (red path).  The tight end lined up in front of Murphy (red X) is running a route, just pretend he’s not even in the picture:

splitzoneWe responded to the pulling H-Back by bumping down a Safety and the front 8 gap coverage went like so:

  • Whitner replaces Compton’s gap, so
  • Compton can replace Foster’s gap, so
  • Foster can replace Murphy’s gap, so
  • Murphy can play contain on the extra gap added to his side by the pulling H-Back.

All gaps are accounted for.  Ioannidis comes off his block to make initial contact with the back and Whitner is in position for the fill:

[AFTER THE JUMP:  The Last Play, A Link to the Chart, Grades, Safeties, Safeties WTF!]

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Redskins Offense vs The Eagles (I)

Formations

When we sent out more than 1 tight end, the Eagles responded with a 4-3 and usually inserted a Safety into the box:

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In an effort to get the ball out on the perimeter we positioned a Bunch/Triangle set tight to the line:

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The Bunch (top of the screen) afforded us quick throws outside and also allowed us to crack down on edge defenders and pull lineman out wide to get them matched up on defensive backs.

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Redskins Defense Vs The Eagles (I)

Formations:

The Eagles opened up with 13 (1RB, 3 TE) personnel:

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and, for the first time I think ever, we responded with a Nickel defense.  Normally we come out in a 3-4 if there is more than 1 tight end or a fullback is in the game.  This matchup got us a sack as Kerrigan matched up one on one with the tight end closest to the center.

Otherwise it was mainly our Nickel vs their 11 and our 3-4 vs their 12 and 13.  On 3rd and longs we gave a few exotic looks.  A couple of times we went 3(DL)-3(LB)-5(DB):

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and a couple of times we showed a 3-2-6, the 3 lineman in this play–which resulted in a sack–were Kerrigan, Murphy and Smith:

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On 3rd and 5 we pulled Compton off the field and went into a Dime package (4-1-6) with Terence Garvin at linebacker:

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We also had a few plays where we lifted the slot corner off the field in favor of a 3rd safety.

Depth Chart for our Nickel:

  • DE:  Kerrigan and Smith with Murphy off the bench.
  • DT (Nose and 3Tech):  Baker, Hood, with Francois and Ioannidis off the bench
  • ILB:  Foster, Compton with Garvin on some 3rd downs
  • CB:  Norman the whole way.  Breeland shared time with Dunbar on the first drive.  Dunbar had a hard time getting lined up with Whitner on one play and I don’t think we saw much of him after that.
  • Slot CB:  Fuller, sometimes replaced by a 3rd safety.
  • Strong Safety:  Nacho with Whitner off the bench
  • Free Safety:  Blackmon with Whitner off the bench.

In the 3-4, where we replace the slot corner with a 5th defensive lineman, Francois got the start.  I’m going off of memory so if I missed a guy let me know in the comments.  Also you can like, comment in the comments.

The Show:

Where the disembodied head of EA Sports’ Kirk Herbstreit revolves around me and repeatedly chants “He just simply used POWER”:

The Power play reared it’s ugly head again.  In the preview I talked about how the Eagles like to fake like they are going to run Power and throw a bubble screen to the outside.  This time they switched it up and actually ran the Power play, because it’s us, so obviously you have to try.  Instead of passively reading blocks and getting run over, we attacked it with our play side linebacker (Foster in this case) and Safety.  Both guys will aim for the pulling guard and stop this play for a short gain:

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Video:

Philly ran Power 3 times for 11 yards.  It’s become a non-factor which is something that seemed light years away from happening after the Giants’ game.  Having a safety willing to fill against the run has been the most important addition to this defense for the season.  On a Power play in the 4th quarter, Foster and Whitner did the same thing to the pulling guard, forcing Sproles to bounce outside into Smith and Breeland.

[After the jump:  All-22 video, Counter, Link to the Chart, Grades…and more words!!]

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Redskins Offense Vs The Ravens

Formations

We lined up in our usual 11 and 12 personnel for most of the game, but we deployed the tight ends a little differently:

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We sent Davis deep on this play and he had his guy–a 180 pound defensive back that ran a 4.46 40–beat.  When Davis wasn’t out wide we tucked him inside in our heavier packages:

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When multiple tight ends are lined up like above, Davis will always be tucked furthest inside.  He has a bigger body built to take on bigger guys like outside linebackers and defensive ends.  Reed will occasionally take on bigger guys but we position him to normally see linebackers and defensive backs.

Niles Paul, our third tight end, is the only one we moonlight at fullback:

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Our Depth Chart for this game:

  • LT: Williams
  • LG: Lauvao
  • C: Long
  • RG: Scherff
  • RT: Moses (backed up by Nsekhe, who came in on drives 6 through 10.)
  • TE: Reed (Davis is second off the bench, Paul is third)
  • FB: Paul

Matt Jones was backed up by Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson.  Garcon and Jackson were the outside guys, Crowder was our starter in the slot.  Rashad Ross backed up the outside guys, Ryan Grant backed up Crowder.

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Redskins Defense Vs The Ravens

Formations

(Note:  Cliff Notes are at the end, along with the Chart)

We stayed in a 3-4 for the majority of the game.  Blackmon and Nacho were the safeties with Blackmon lining up to the side with more wide receivers:

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and Nacho lining up to the side with more tight ends:

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We occasionally lined up with new lines on passing downs, this line consisted of Smith-Murphy-Garvin(linebacker, standing up) and Kerrigan:

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Norman and Dunbar were the starters at corner with Toler backing both of them up.  Fuller was our Nickel/Slot cornerback.  Whitner was our “Dime” defensive back, he came in on passing downs to cover tight ends.  Garvin (52) played the role of Su’a Cravens as the linebacker who replaced Foster on passing downs.

The Show

Baltimore spent most of the first drive running it away from our Safety in the box (Blackmon/Nacho) and towards Dunbar’s gap.  Our defensive end had contain while Dunbar had to cover gaps inside:

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Dunbar gets to handle an Iso block from the fullback and is out of his element:

They tried to attack Dunbar’s gap again in the 3rd quarter, again the defensive end has contain while Dunbar is playing the gap denoted by the yellow line:

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But we adjusted by slanting the line towards the gap:

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Redskins OFFENSE vs The Browns

credit: MGoBlog.com for the idea to do these

Formations:

We usually lined up in 11 (1RB, 1TE) personnel, but also threw in a few heavier formations throughout the game.  In the first drive we came out in 12 (1 RB, 2 TE) personnel:

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with a WR split out wide to either side.  The Browns dropped a safety into the box and played Cover 3–meaning the 2 cornerbacks and 1 free safety (off the screen) played deep coverage.  Cousins attacked this by throwing quick 3 step drops to Garcon and Desean on the outside.  On 3 back to back plays it picked him up 9, 3(first down), and 5 yards.

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Redskins DEFENSE vs The Browns

Formations:

Note:  A brief overview of our ‘Nickel’ and ‘3-4’ formations can be found here

Cleveland started the game in 11 (1RB, 1TE) personnel and we responded with our Nickel package which had Compton lined up to the passing strength (2 WR side):

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When the Browns brought in a fullback or extra tight end we responded with our 3-4:

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Notice Compton is away from the passing strength and is lined up over the guard and tackle.  The thicker and stouter Foster (aka Rumble) is lined up over the ‘A’ gap in between the center and guard.

We got a little whacky with our 3-4 alignment on this play as we slid Baker over to defensive end.  We stood up Preston Smith, moved him around and then sent him blitzin’:

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Breakdown: Defense vs Giants (I)

Lining Up:

Giants stayed in 11 (1 RB, 1TE) personnel the whole way and we responded with our Nickel defense:

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Compton stayed aligned to the side that had more wide receivers.  Fancy people call it the ‘field’ or ‘passing strength’.  It tends to be the side of the field with more space when the ball is lined up on the hash:

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He’s lighter and can cover more ground than Foster and has a better grasp of zone drops than Cravens, so it looks like no matter which linebacker he’s on the field with the coaches will ask him to stay lined up to the passing strength.

I might have missed it, but I didn’t see a 3-4 defense one time in this game.

On With The Show:

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The Giants ran a play some people call “Power” which allows for a double team to the side the running back runs toward and has an offensive lineman pull and lead the back through a hole.  The Giants usually doubled our 3 technique (lined up in between the guard and tackle) and pulled the backside guard as shown above.  They ran it versus Dallas in Week 1:

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and Dallas chose to keep 2 safeties back and defend the Power play with 6 in the box:

The Giants running backs profited as Vereen finished that game with 6.3 yards per carry and Jennings with 4.2 yards per carry.  The following week the Giants played New Orleans and the Saints tweaked things around a bit:

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They consistently brought down a safety and played with 7 in the box, blitzed linebackers and changed up their fronts to match up with and confuse the Giants’ Power blocks:

Vereen finished that game with 3.0 ypc and Jennings with 2.1 ypc.  Guess which game plan we picked!

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Extra Gaps

Inside Zonin’:  In the fourth drive Dallas lined up in 13 personnel (1 OL moonlighting as a TE) with a bunch of big uglies to the left of the center and just two guys to the right.  They ran it inside and destroyed our nose tackle with a double:

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Both Hood and Baker got doubled with Hood getting discarded out the way.  One Dallas blocker from each double team was able to climb up to the 2nd level and double Foster.  On coaches film you can see our pre-snap alignment had Foster (54) lined up in between Hood and Baker:

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