Vs Pitt: Part I
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Quarter: Part I.
started out the game in an I-Formation. They ran a dive up the gut.
Fournette dived forward for four. 2nd and 5, Jags lined up in a 3-TE-Left Singleback. Bortles
dumped it off to the TE on the right. He ran for the First.
and 10, Jags went Singleback, with the WRs in tight next to the TEs.
Bortles ran play action, which is tough, because the Jags like the
Singleback formation, because it is just as easy to run as it is to pass
Bortles had a clean pocket. He stepped up and threw to Marques Lee on the
Bortles is in the AFC Championship. There's no other way to put it. The
media and all the other team guys can talk about how 'trash' he is, but
he's beaten teams," Eric Rowe said. "Obviously he's a good
scrambling quarterback, he has an arm, he has receivers and he's in the
championship, so obviously he's a great player. You can't be 'trash' and
be in the championship game."
1st and 10,
the Jags lined up in a
Twin-TE-Right Singleback. They ran play action again. Bortles dumped it
off to O'Shaughnessy outside, and he ran for the First inside the
and Goal from the 9, the Jags went Twin-TE Left Singleback. They motioned
into a Bunch-Left Singleback. They ran a Smash. Fournette powered for
and Goal form the 5, Jags motioned into a 2-TE I. Fournette just crashed
right up the middle for a few more. 3rd and Goal from the 2, Jags lined up
in a 3-TE I. They ran play action. Bortles waggled outside and threw the
ball out of bounds.
said that in a meeting the other day, that they are a team who is not
scared to go for it on fourth down. The biggest thing is awareness. We've
got to know once they get in that territory that we kind of call 'Cuatro
situation,' that third down is not really third down," McCourty said.
"We've got to be prepared for a play that might gain a couple of
yards, but not maybe a first down, but get them close enough to the stick.
Whether it's in a goal line situation like last week, or you stop them on
third down and you're going crazy, you've got to realize that they'll line
it up and go for it. So, I think it's more awareness, because at the end
of the day we've got to execute whatever defense we call. And we've got to
just be aware of how it might change the play-calling and what they're
trying to do."
and Goal from the 2, Jags went back to the 3-TE I. They ran Fournette. He
leaped in the air from the 3. He got a helmet to helmet hit in midair, and
still landed in the Endzone. That was an incredible leap. Jags-7.
came out Empty. Jags mulled around and slowly formed into a 4-1 Dime with
a zone umbrella behind the four down linemen. They formed a short zone by
the magic yellow line. Roethlisberger threw a bad pass. 2nd and 10, Pitt
stayed Empty. Jags went into a similar odd Cover One Dime, with four down
want to keep everything in front of the DBs and LBs, and just have them
run to the ball. "They run well," Amendola said about the Jags
D. "They're well-coached. They're strong. They're big, and they play
physical. They're a talented football team." Roethlisberger threw a
Bubble screen, and the two ILB Posluszny and Telvin Smith stopped it
Pats and Jags actually had a week of practice together this Preseason, so
the Pats player are familiar with this defense. "You can take a
little bit. It is not like you are going to say, 'Oh, you have it down'
because we faced them during training camp," Gronk said. "That
was four or five months ago. You can take a little bit. You can go back
and see a couple of the matchups, but it is a whole season that already
went by. You can go back, watch a little bit but definitely take a bit out
of it. I wouldn't say you are going to be super complete watching that,
but you definitely pick up some things." Gronk is going to have a big
day on Saturday.
and 8, Pitt went 3-Wide Weak shotgun. The Jags matched up in a more
traditional 3-3 Nickel. Pitt motioned Empty again. The Jags sent four.
Roethlisberger hit the little slot guy Rogers on a Screen, underneath the
coverage, like the Jags wanted. Telvin Smith snagged his ankle to force
and 10, Jags lined up in a Twin-Twin I. The Jags like their Twins. The put
Twin-WRs on the left and Twin TEs on the right. They faked the Jet sweep,
and hand it off to Fournette. "They
have great depth in their backs. They are all good. They are all explosive,"
BB said. "Fournette obviously has had a great year, but when he went
out last week against Pittsburgh (sprained ankle in the 2nd), Yeldon came
in and did a great job for them. Whoever is in there is going to be a
problem. Like I said, the offense is a problem, the defense is a problem
and special teams is a problem. That is why they are playing. They are
good at everything. Good players and good coaches, a strong football team."
Fournette slammed into the LB five yards down field. Then powered forward for four more and then the First.
and 10, Pitt went I-Formation: 1 for 1 Run. "It's key. You can see, whenever
you run the ball, obviously they average 140 yards a game rushing, and
that will open it up," McCourty said about the Jags play actions.
"No defense can just sit back and let them run the ball and get 10,
15 yards. You have to try to be more aggressive, and they use that. They
get defenses to start biting up, and they'll hit the tight ends.
Obviously, they have a big target in Mercedes Lewis and they have a couple
different types of tight ends to use.
think that opens that up in the middle of the field, and then when they
get the opportunity, taking the shot deep down the field. We're studying
the film, we know, but it's always a lot easier to sit here and talk about
it and say, 'We've got to stop the run, we've got to stop the play
action.' But they kind of go hand-in-hand. So, it's not an easy thing to
I think you saw that on Sunday when they got things going. Fournette being
able to run the ball, and then Yeldon coming in. And once the shots opened
up, taking the shots down the field. You saw that. Cole had a big catch
down the field, I think that shows up time-and-time [again] when you're
watching." The Jags ran play action. Bortles had time, and then tried
to flick the ball underneath to Fournette blocking in the pocket, and the
ball went incomplete.
is almost exactly the opposite offense to the one the Titans ran. The
Titans liked to run, but obsessively passed. While the Jags like to pass,
but obsessively run. They also will pass and run out of most of their
Formations, instead of only a few. This will be a much tougher offense to
stop than the easy to read Titans offense.
and 10, Jags motioned into a Tight Singleback: 1 for 1 Play action. Which
they then countered with a Smash to the right. This is the first run to
the right. Fournette ran low and mean for Six.
and 4, Jags went double stacked 4-Wide Weak shotgun. Bortles had time, and
threw behind the WR Hurns. The CB slapped the ball out to force the punt.
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