Cooley's Offensive Grades vs Carolina
Cooley's General Thoughts:
We show no ability to make big plays downfield.
Most of the rushing yards came on trap plays, not very good at the zone blocking. AP runs well out of the gun.
The Offensive line is getting killed by stunts, 15+ pressures from stunts, teams are specifically using the 3 Tech to push hard up the field and then the DE comes right off behind him and we can't push the 3-Tech to the tackle and have the guard slide back down to the underneath defender, same thing happened vs Indy and throughout the year so far, Cooley didn't really elaborate on if he thought we could fix it, he said if it keeps happening then maybe its a problem and left it at that.
A Smith - 69 - Positives - TD to VD was nice, he pumped to Reed and it moved the safety and 2 of the LB's, Cooley said he missed the same throw to Crowder the previous week. Couple good balls to Reed. Good job on the TD to P Rich.
Negatives - He's passing up open WR's, also late on throws. Taking the sack on the 3rd down at the 41 yd line at the end of the 2nd half was bad, throw the check down and take the 4 or 5 yards, don't take yourself out of FG range.
On the next drive with 56 sec left in the 1st half he takes the intentional grounding, Cooley thought it was grounding, Carolina was playing a soft D and P Rich was underneath wide open, its a simple pass to make.
With 31 sec left in the half it was 3rd down and 16, Bibbs wide open and could have had a 15 yard gain. Made a throw he should have never made.
Alex needs to slide laterally in the pocket instead of vertically, he's moving into the pressure too often by running forward into traffic.
3 main issues are Poor protection, Alex uncomfortable in the pocket, Alex not on the same page with the WR's.
Peterson - 88 - No negative yard carries and could have had 5 per Cooley. Missed a pass pro 1 time. Best player on the field on offense. Trent - 66 - Not his best game, pretty good in the passing game, had the holding call and gave up 3 pressures. Gave up a sack, got stunted to his backside one time. Chase - 55 - He's a very good center but not a good guard, he cannot keep his helmet up when he's blocking so he gets killed on stunts, gave up 11 pressures/sacks. Bergstrom - 58 - Slow with his feet, bad hips, does sustain some blocks but he doesn't have the athleticism to be a starting center. Scherff - 84 - Nearly perfect in pass pro, at times he's destroying people in the run game, punked Luke Kuechly badly on one play. Moses - 72 - Only one holding call but could have had 3, holds a lot in the run game, misses with his hands and grabs their back. He got bulled a couple times, he doesn't look right, the technique is poor, late to backside cutoffs. Reed - 79 - He got more reps this week, made some plays. He's too busy on his choice routes, needs to just run the route, he's making it easier on the defenders by running the choice route the way he does. VD - 76 - blocking was meh Sprinkle - 59 - He had 21 plays, not so good, letting the edge free and not sustaining on blocks. P Rich - 60 - Struggling to get off press coverage, not great at run blocking, dropped the hitch route. Doctson - 78 - Not really anything too negative or positive, small sample size. 6 targets and 3 catches, blocked well, can block when he wants to. With his speed, he's not threatening anyone deep. Floyd - No Grade, not enough reps to grade. Quick - No Grade - 2 catches for two 1st downs, just not enough of a sample size. Bibbs - 64 - huge dropoff in blocking between him and CT. Harris - 60 - not an impact, some blocking issues.