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For Chargers, Playoffs: Part I.
Vs. Ravens: 1st Quarter: Part I-
The outcome of this game was purely positive
for the Patriots. The Ravens where the one team left that had a history of
beating the Pats in the Playoffs. The one team I truly feared (besides KC
at Home) was the Ravens. Meanwhile at the Pats Cave, the one team that had
one of the best and most satisfying Playoff Patriots wins was in San Diego
And best of all, the
La-La-Land Chargers are not coming into Foxboro in January and winning.
Although did you notice that the NFL made the game a Sunday Afternoon
game. Instead of a Sunday Night Game like most teams that played in the
Super Bowl the year before play in. So the lack of night will help the
Chargers. But not enough. In this cold spell, it should easily be in the
teens by the 2nd Half.
The game is going to
be very different. The Ravens have a phenomenal defense. They are the best
pass defense in the NFL. The Pats are not the second-best pass defense in
the NFL. However, when the rush is good, the Pats defense is very good.
I’d say top ten pass defense good. Plus, when Gilmore takes the Number
One WR out of the game the opposing QB always struggles. If he can take
Allen out of the game San Diego is cooked.
I’m not sure how
much the defensive Tape against the Ravens helps, as Jackson is a rookie
QB and a running QB. “Mostly post-safety,” BB said. “They do play
some split-safety coverages. But it’s a much higher percentage of
post-safety coverages.” Is is a Cover One with ten guys up inside five
or six yards of the LOS.
The Chargers lined up
in a 3-4 defense to start. The Ravens lined up in a 4-Wide I-formation
Shotgun. That is a formation the Pats have been using a little (a shotgun
with White or Develin behind Brady). They sent four, and were playing the
run the whole way.
Bosa burst into the
backfield and forced Jackson to toss the ball to the RB. Then he got in
front of the RB and slowed him until a teammate could stop him.
“That’s two great pass rushers [Ingram and Bosa],” Trent Brown said.
“I didn’t really think too much. We’ve got to try our best to stop
it. I’ve got to play against both of them.” Cannon is going to have to
have a great game as well.
The odd part of their
defense is that they use three safeties at ILB instead of LBs.
“They’ve been doing that here for multiple weeks. It was seven (DBs)
against the Ravens. But that was because [Jatavis] Brown got hurt,”
Brown said. “But it’s been six. It was six against us last year. I
mean, there’s plenty of film of them using six defensive backs. Now they
used five when they had all of their linebackers healthy at the beginning
of the year.
“But that hasn’t
been [the case since Kyzir] White got hurt. Perryman got hurt and then
Brown got hurt at the end of the season. Obviously, Coach Bradley has done
a great job of utilizing his personnel and getting people, his best
players, in position to play. They’ve been doing it.”
Raven lined up in a
Strong Formation Shotgun. A Strong formation is when the RB is behind the
QB, and the FB is off set to the Strong side. The RB lined up behind the
QB, and the FB next to the QB. The Pats did use a similar formation a few
times this season.
The Chargers matched
up in a 3-4, with three safeties in at ILB. “I see a group that gets
after the quarterback, that covers well, that mixes things up,” Edelman
said. “It’ll be the best defense we’ve played thus far so it’s
definitely going to be a challenge. We’ve got to be able to take
advantage of these next 48 hours to prepare the best we possibly can.”
The look like a 3-4 defense, with three 4-3-linebackers on the 2nd level.
The TE went in motion,
and they shifted a little, but stayed in their formation. Showing they are
in Zone, at least in the middle. But they are playing run all the way. The
Ravens are an Option Offense. So you have to stop the run on them all the
way. Then they play action and try to go deep, and the WR was wide open on
the Dig. We will see that a lot on Saturday.
3rd and 6, Ravens go
3-Wide Strong shotgun. Chargers go 2-4 Nickel. Then shift into a 3-3
Nickel. They send four, and the three Safeties/ILB zone drop, and stay
around the magic yellow line. Jackson has time and threw into great
coverage. The WR held on.
Ravens lined up in a
Bunch left 4-Wide shotgun. They motion the TE inside, and snapped the ball
before he crosses the QB. He stayed in to block. Derwin James lined up as
the Sam, stayed home to cover the TE. When the TE stayed in, James burst
past him and grabbed Jackson. Forcing him to throw the ball away.
2nd and 10, Ravens
went into a Singleback-Shotgun. With two WRs on the Strongside. Chargers
matched up in a 3-4 with four guys on the line, and three ILB behind them.
They seem to play a hybrid 3-4 a lot in the front, but like to keep three
4-3 LB, who are really safeties, behind them. Even when they have five
guys on the line, three down and two up.
They may just be doing
that against the Ravens, because they have a run first rookie QB. But it
is scary either way. Because if that is a pure scheme against the Ravens,
then they will also scheme their D to fit what the Pats like to do. They
look like they schemed up to stop the Option run. Ravens run a Dive, and
four guys help bring him down, but they get about four.
3rd and 5, Ravens
lined up in a Twins-Twins Weak Shotgun, with a tight end on both sides. A
tight end inside on the line with a WR just outside of him. It is very
tight formation that the Pats have been known to use. Charger matched up
with the 3-5. Three down DLs, with two 3-4 OLBs on the line, and three 4-3
ILB/Safeties on the second level.
Jackson had time, and
had three receivers break open short, but couldn’t see it. Then Isaac
Rochell slapped the ball out of his hands. But Jackson was able to dribble
the ball a couple of times, and scoop it up and run outside. Then he
zipped it sidearm out of bounds with an open WR in front of him to force
the punt. Friggin’ Rookie QBs.
The Charger lined up
in a tight Singleback, with Twins on the Right and left, but it looks like
two TEs and two WRs. They faked a toss to the strongside, and Rivers rolled
out to the left for some reason. He looked old, fat and slow (like me;).
He had to throw it away, barely noticing the WRs around him. That was a
terribly schemed play.
2nd and 10, Chargers
lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. They motion the TE on the Weakside into
the line. Then Rivers signals the WR to motion in front of him with his
hand. They run a Jet Sweep. Though it is a pass, because Rivers flipped
the ball forward, I am counting it as a run. He ran for about eight.
“We played them last
year. So, I’d say between last year and this year their system does
certain things,” BB said. “They have a lot of variety. They have a lot
of complementary plays. I’m not saying it’s just one thing, but it is
what it is. There are variations off it that they use to create problems
and handle adjustments, things that they’re presented with to deal with
well-balanced. They have a lot of good players. They can attack you in a
lot of different ways: backs, tight ends, receivers, running game, passing
game, great quarterback, very experienced, can make all the throws. They
have a lot of weapons at their disposal. Depending on what you do,
they’ll move in one direction or another to try to attack you and
[Philip] Rivers is very good when there’s multiple plays to pick the one
that attacks the defense. He’s very good at that.”
3rd and 2, Chargers
lined up in a 3-Wide Weak Shotgun, with a WR running behind Rivers for
some reason. I have no idea what the hell to call that. He threw it to the
WR, Benjamin, swing outside behind Rivers, and he didn’t come close to
the First. It was obviously something the Ravens saw on Tape.
Their defense is hard
to explain. They have three down guys on every scheme, and two 3-4 OLBs.
So they stayed with a five man front- three up, two down. But they differ
their scheme in the back six. They have three safeties playing 4-3 LB
position on every down. They move them around a lot. They like to move
Derwin James to OLB, because he is an utter freak/force of nature. While
Adrian Phillips and Jahleel Addae are the two Safeties consistently
playing ILB, but sometimes Post Safty.
pass-players and I think that any time you get a lot of DBs out there on
the field, you’ve got to be cognizant because they cover more ground
than some bigger linebackers,” Brady said. “They’ve had some
injuries at linebacker this year and I think they like playing with those
guys (safeties) anyway. They’re good players. They’re very
instinctive. They obviously know what they’re doing.”
It is tough to think
that makes their run defense better. Everyone thinks of the ILBs as the
forces against the run. But picture three Eugene Chung’s. He is a force
against the run, and when they move him into the box, he plays it like an
ILB as well.
Single back- Pass 1 for 1
Weak shotgun, W/ Hand Signal- Run 1 for 1
W Shotgun, Weird WR Motion- Pass 1 for 1
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