fpickering Posted November 22, 2006 Share Posted November 22, 2006 I am reviewing the game film vs. the Bucs and I wanted to point out the specific things I see going wrong in the 1st half. I just wanted to note that I acknowledge that no team executes flawlessly. On the first offensive drive, Brandon Lloyd is not able to come up with the catch on the bomb. On the next play, Betts has an opening to the outside but stays inside where a host of Bucs gobble him up for a 1 yard gain. On the third play, Campbell delivers a pass short of the intended receiver. Result: 3 and out. The second offensive drive featured two minimal runs by Betts. On 3rd and 4 Jansen falls down untouched while backpedaling and Campbell is absolutely rocked by Tampa's rookie DE Jenkins. Result: 3 and out. On the third play of the third defensive series, Marshall and Holdman cannot get off of blocks and Alstott rumbles for 4 yards. On the very next play, Holdman and Marshall again cannot shed blocks and Alstott runs for almost 15 yards. Vincent and Washington finally make the tackle. Tampa proceeds to run the ball with success for a couple of plays until on 3rd and 4 they complete a 11 yard gain to Hillard on a slant across the middle. Kenny Wright has terrible position and gets beaten. There has been no semblance of a pass rush thus far. Result: Tampa kicks a FG. On the 3rd play of the third offensive series, tampa comes on an all out blitz and Campbell is crushed (although Barber looked blatantly offsides). Betts does a poor job of picking up the blitz although Campbell would have probably been sacked anyway from another blitzer from the outside. Result: 3rd 3 AND OUT IN A ROW. On the second play of the fourth defensive series (2nd and 6) we blitz and do not get remotely close to the QB, Carlos Rogers is giving a 10 yard cushion, Galloway catches the ball 1 yard short of the 1st down marker and easily runs for the 1st down. On the next play, Marcus Washington, Wynn and Holdman miss tackles on Caddy. On the next play Caddy catches a flair pass and is wide open for a sizeable gain on what looks like a blown assignment. The Bucs get a penalty but on 1st and 20, Pittman runs almost to the 1st down marker for 17 yards on a draw. Holdman misses a tackle and Washington and Marshall cannot shed their blocks. Taylor is forced to make the tackle. Luckliy, Tampa makes a bonehead play on the center exchange and we recover the fumble. On the 4th offensive series, we finally get a 1st down but on 1st, Cambell is forced to scramble out of the pocket because Samuels guy brings pressure. He gains 2 yards. The drive stalls and we punt. Second play of the 5th defensive series which starts on their own 5 yard line. Caddy runs left, Rogers and Marshall take on blockers and Holdman, unblocked is very late in getting to the play. Sideline to sideline speed is lacking to say the least. He is unblocked and ends up missing the tackle anyway. Taylor cleans up his mess. 1st down. Next play Big Joe jumps offsides. Now Tampa is on their own 20. On the very next play, Williams sends Rogers on a CB blitz but he looks like he is virtually jogging towards Gradkowski. Pittman is wide open in the middle as Gradkowski finds him for 24 yards. There is still o pass rush and zero sacks. At this point in the game, Tampa has rushed 17 times for 86 yards to our measley 7 attempts for a WHOPPING 18 yards. A couple of plays later, Williams brings Washingon on a blitz which leaves the middle wide open. Galloway has a step on Rogers whose cushion was ok. Rogers misses a tackle, Fox misses a tackle and Galloway is finally brought down after a 16 yard gain. Tampa is now in Redskins territory on the 25. On the very next play, Caddy gets a pitch to the right. Montgomery misses a tackle, Rogers misses a tackle, Marshall misses a tackle, until FINALLY Fox stops him but not before he gains 6 yards. A couple more running plays occur resulting in a 1st down on the 11 yard line. Then on the ensuing play, we finally get pressue on Gradkowski by Daniels for the FIRST time in the entire game (note there are 47 ticks left in the first half) and he forces a throw. Carlos Rogers is in great position for the interception but the pass hits him in the hands and he drops it. If he picks it off, there is a lot of room for a TD. On the next play Springs picks it off. We kneel and go into halftime. So, if you are wondering why we are 3-7 and teams like Indy are 9-1 you can look no further than lack of execution, adequate personnel and a poor gameplan. On offense there are frequent breakdowns in protection, we can't/won't commit to the run (gameplan) and there are individual lapses in execution. Therefore we have trouble sustaining offensive drives. There is a light at the end of the tunnel here, though. On defense, we have no pass rush whatsoever (zero sacks in the first half and only 2 hurries). We were completely ineffective in getting to the QB on virtually every blitz (scheme) and that leaves our defense completely vulnerable to big plays. We are not stuffing the run in the trenches well at all. Our linebackers (Marshall and Holdman) cannot shed blocks and even when they do they miss tackles. The entire unit is tacking terribly, in fact. 3 out of our top 4 tacklers were in the secondary. This is pathetic. Rogers is overcommiting on the run, is giving too much of a cushion at times and just cannot catch passes that hit him right in the hands. So what should we do? In terms of personnel, it is painfully obvious that we need to upgrade at MLB and OLB. We also could use a pass rushing DE that can provide us with some pressure on the QB. At least one additional CB is needed and a Saftey as well to shore up our secondary. Unfortunately, I am not confident in our ability to fill all of these voids. In terms of scheme.. we need to pound the football INSIDE using Duckett and occasionally Betts to spell him especially on 3rd down since Betts is so effective catching out of the backfield. We should then take advantage of playaction for big gains. On defense we have to stop blitzing because it is just not working. Holdman and maybe even Marshall need to be benched immediately. I don't care who plays in place of them. Since we don't get much of a pass rush, we might as well leave our secondary much less vulnerable. As for execution, I don't know.. that is up to the coaching staff. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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