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Old 11-18-2013, 09:31 AM   #1
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This was a very interesting game schematically and system wise for the two teams.

Kansas City employ a very good outside zone running ground game which is their fundamental play on which their entire short area passing game is based on.

They'll ask their OTs/TEs to seal the edge, giving the explosive/elusive charles options to bounce it outside against DBs or power it inside if LBers/DTs don't maintain gap discipline.

This is what fuels their short area passing game for 2nd/3rd and short. Take this play away and their offense crumbles on 2nd/3rd and long situations.

So how did we do?

Take a look at 95 - Wolfe engaged early (just after the handoff) in the backfield prevent the OL to get on his outside shoulder. This forces Charles inside where our DTs and inside LBers are ready for the run inside.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:42 AM   #2
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Ok, so the next task on defense was when we get KC into 2nd/3rd and long plays can we get pressure on Smith early and often to disrupt their passing game?

3rd and long, KC's first drive.
Malik Jackson gets inside leverage on his OL, gets ready to pull off a rip move (for a guy that's 6'5 that's pretty damn impressive).
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:45 AM   #3
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He finishes off the rip move beating his man and getting clear to Smith putting him under pressure and cutting off his read to a minimal checkdown instead of a deeper play. He did this in under 3 seconds I think.

Maybe this was a slow developing screen (can't really tell because 3 OL are still at home)?
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We get the ball, score a FG.

KC back on their next drive, 1st and 10 and unexpectedly pass. Even with our base run DL, we see Vickerson beating his guy one on one to get into the backfield and force the throw from Smith.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:58 AM   #5
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Same drive and again, KC just don't have successful plays for 2/3rd and long situations.

3rd and 10 and we've got a lighter front. Malik Jackson engages his guy on his inside shoulder early, uses his arms to disengage while powering through this hips/legs and gets past him.

At the top of his drop back Smith sees Jackson springing free and immediately tucks the ball instead to pulling the trigger deep and trusting his WR (this is why Alex Smith is never going to be a play off QB).

Shaun Phillips shows great 2nd effort after being stoned early in the play and finishes of the sack with Jackson giving Smith nowhere to go.

All this happened in just over 2.5 seconds.
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This is an overhead view of Malik Jackson off the snap on the same play.

THIS is why I think so highly of Jackson. This kid has got good snap, explosion but most importantly he disengages from OL so quickly and easily.

He started off the play in even tech (directly under the OL), immediately he picks a gap, uses his hands to keep the blocker off him and at the same time great leg drive to burst through the gap.

You can't teach stuff like this at the NFL level. Either the guy has it or he doesn't. It makes sense because when you look at Jackson he doesn't look like a DT. He looks like a taller version of Shaun Phillips/Danny Trevathan.

This is just KCs 6th play on offense and Jackson has figured in two of them already. As a result he gets a lot more double teams later on.
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Remember what I said about blowing up KC's bread and butter outside zone play with our edge defenders?

Well, it's KC's next drive and it's Miller time. He crashes the left side.

This time from the left side (hard to see but Miller gets upfield forcing charles inside for nothing).
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This time from the right!

Just tremendous power, leverage with great hand/arm strength from Von.

The key thing is that in both the 1st/2nd down plays you can see Charles having to redirect by planting this feet and moving inside because of the outside discipline from Von.

This takes time and allows our LBers to converage.
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And that's all on the same drive, same set of downs.

So now it's 3rd and long. Again taking away KC's strength on outside zone run plays early and forcing them into 3rd and long pass plays.

Our pass rush wasn't great on this one (think we only rushed three).

Malik Jackson is a one man wrecking crew in the first quarter. He's double teamed but reads Smith's eyes and times his jump to bat down the ball.

(sorry about the chitty quality, couldn't get a clear screen grab).
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Awesome! Great analysis, our front 7 is just going to get better and better as the season goes on!
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:28 AM   #12
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Outstanding work Fontaine, great analysis.
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That's three quick drives snuffed out by our defense giving Manning and co clear opportunities early in the game. We fumble because Monte Ball isn't watching the handoff into his hands, Trevathan does his thing and forces a fumble back!

Well, we've talked about what KC try to do best in their system (zone running plays). So now let's take a look at what Denver tries to do best in our offense (in my opinion).

The single biggest difference in what our team tries to do vs other offenses is that when our offense is firing we take 4/5 shots downfield and get two/three big plays out of them. This is what makes us a quick strike offense, this is what opens the running game, this is what forces defenses to cover more ground vertically and opens up the stuff inside.

Off Man/press coverage DT beats his jam, uses his left arm to disengage from Cooper and flies downfield. Manning throws a 25 yard perfect strike to DT in stride resulting in a huge play. KC start thinking about how aggressively they want to play their safeties now.

See the seperation between DT and Cooper? In NFL terms he might as well be in a different zip code.
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Manning was really firing/stepping into his throws all night. I don't know if it was the cortesone(?) injection or pass protection but his feet/plant looked awesome.

Major props to whoever it was in the media last year saying Manning doesn't have the arm strength to throw to his right any more (you were and are still wrong a$$hat).
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Ok, gotta take an hour, back after that.
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Manning was really firing/stepping into his throws all night. I don't know if it was the cortesone(?) injection or pass protection but his feet/plant looked awesome.

Major props to whoever it was in the media last year saying Manning doesn't have the arm strength to throw to his right any more (you were and are still wrong a$$hat).
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nice! have any shots of von being triple teamed/ or even double teamed at ANY time in the second half?
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See the seperation between DT and Cooper? In NFL terms he might as well be in a different zip code.
DT had that separation down the right sideline multiple times after and Manning couldn't hit him. Collinsworth kept blabbing about missed opportunities for the Chiefs, but they dodged several bullets on those throws.
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Excellent thread.......I applaud the author and greatly appreciate the time he put into this....
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nice! have any shots of von being triple teamed/ or even double teamed at ANY time in the second half?
Sorry dude, I didn't specifically look out for that. He was getting chipped a lot but I dont' remember seeing him triple teamed (what does that mean?).
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Ok, off the same drive, DT/Manning hook up for a big gainer.

This is the TD pass to Julius Thomas. You don't need a hall of fame QB to throw the ball to a wide open DT. But you do need someone like Manning to have the vision and accuracy to throw the target open by threading the ball in between defenders to a spot where the TE is going to be.

This was a great play by Manning. Originally, he saw two guys stacked on JT, at the very end the inside defender peeled off and turned towards the backfield showing a slot blitz. The ball is snapped, Manning reads single coverage correctly, KC essentially were trying to bait Manning into throwing the inside slant because the defender showing blitz and the outside LB converge trying to pick off the pass.

It didn't work.
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Sorry dude, I didn't specifically look out for that. He was getting chipped a lot but I dont' remember seeing him triple teamed (what does that mean?).
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So now it's 10-0 to Denver.

KC's next drive (their fifth I think). What do KC do to get back into it? Well they go back to their outside zone run play with Charles.

Now it's Phillips turn to crash the edge. It's not just Phillips, Sly/Vick, the LBers and Webster on the edge are all angled with gap discipline to ensure there's not cutback and Phillips drives his guy back to make sure Charles has a steep angle outside.

The more I see Phillips the more I'm impressed with him. For a guy that's 32, plenty of mileage, and was supposed to be a liability against the run he's not playing anything like that. This was first and 5 after a false start by our DL. Phillips has pushed two yards deep.
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