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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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