Safeties: The Saints had hot reads and gadget plays to attack our flat zones when we went with a single high safety:
We played with 2-high safeties a lot more than usual to guard the flats against these types of plays.
When Nicholson was on the field we finally used him as something other than just a deep safety. We put him in the slot and in the box and because of his extra effort he was rewarded with a concussion.
Lining up: With Compton out Zach Brown handled lining guys up and there were a few struggles early on.
Against this “Split Zone” run Brown and Spaight needed to follow the motion of the HBack who was pulling across the formation, instead Brown (highlighted) lines up over and fires into the same gap as Nicholson. That left Spaight to guard the middle of the field and he was unable to fit his gap inside of Anderson:
Compton’s (and Foster’s) absence was felt two-fold:
- guys not lining up properly (three times)
- Brown played a little slower and out of position at times.
4-3: The only new formation of note was the 4-3 we used when we were in our Heavy personnel and expected the Power run. Last week against Minnesota the “over” shift from our 3-4 created an alley on the backside that they exploited for a big run. This time we moved Anderson to linebacker then shifted Spaight and Brown toward the tight end which gave a more balanced look:
this also spared our safeties from playing in the box against Power.
I swear there is some good news ahead. Not much, but I scraped out what I could.