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troubling worry number one. KC opens the game with a kick return for a
touchdown, which worries me right away. "Certainly,
certainly, and they do a great job in the kicking game," ST captain
Slater said. "They always have, and their special teams coach has a
tremendous history working with Devin Hester during the prime of his
career. So they know what they're doing. They do it well, and I think that
game, in all three phases, they really had their way. So this is going to
be a tough football team, as I said, and we're going to have to do
everything we can and be ready for a fight on Saturday." Knile
Davis heads up field, found a lane to the right. He cut behind a block,
got into the lane, and no one got within 20-yards of him the rest of the
way. My balls just shrunk a little.
comes out 1st and 10 to start the game in a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. KC
matches up in a 3-4 with a Safety playing way Off on the slot WR. Edelman
and Amendola can crush that coverage underneath. They run a Dive, and the
D-line holds the point but not much else. The two ILBs Derrick Johnson and
Josh Mauga swoop in to make the tackle. 2nd and
6, Houston goes 4-Wide Weak-shotgun. KC match up in a 2-3 Dime.
Only this time they press the two Slot WRs a little, and the outside
Corner plays off. "They
have a lot of great athletes," Amendola said. "They're
well-coached. They play hard. They have a lot of guys with a lot of
experience, too. They’re a good club." They bring four.
Hoyer tries to go to outside to the WR crossing over the slot guy, but he
throws it behind him. The play was open for both WRs.
and 6, 4-Wide Weak shotgun and they motion into Trips right. KC matches up
in a 3-3 Nickel, and crowd the line with six guys. "This
whole defense is excellent," Josh said. "Like I said, it's not
just one or two guys. They've got a lot of really tremendous players, and
that's why they're where they're at. That's why they've accumulated all
the statistics that they, I mean, any statistic you look at, they're
really, really ranked highly in the league and deservedly so because they
play really good defense. They do all the things a great defense needs to
do to help their team win, so we've got our hands full. We're looking
forward to getting started today on our preparation." That really
is a Patriot's scheme. Andy Reid has clearly been watching some film of
the Patriots. In a very shocking development, KC bring six and drops five.
The RB has to stay in and block, and Johnson loops behind the DTs, and
goes unblocked. Hoyer gets hit as he throws, as Tamba Hali bulls the ORG
straight back and his feet hit Hoyer's feet. Which caused the
incompletion. That was a scary aggrieve scheme by KC.
the punt returner Branch has a 27-yard
return which is called back for holding. "It's
just a reminder of, like you said, how important the hidden yardage is,"
ST captain Slater said. "Every yard counts, and a lot of times these
games come down to yards and it's a game of inches. You hear that all the
time, but as you watched the playoffs this weekend, it was very evident
that that's the case. You look at Kansas City, and I think they're one or
two in the league in field position where their defense starts and their
offense starts, and I think a lot of that can be attributed to the way
they play in the kicking game. So it's a reminder that the 20-25 [special
teams] snaps that we get on Saturday are going to be very important, and I
think we need to have a heightened sense of urgency as we prepare this
week, understanding that our role in the game is going to be vital."
The Pats special teams is going to play a big role in this game.
comes out in a 4-W Strong shotgun. They line up two WRs outside of Kelce
on the left, and then Kelce runs a little Out in the slot underneath them.
They are going to need Chung to do a good job on Kelce. "Kelce’s
good, Kelce’s good," Chung said. "He's explosive, good hands,
good run-after-the-catch. [That is the] key with him. He's good. He
wouldn’t be in the playoffs, that team wouldn’t be in the playoffs, if
he wasn’t good, so he's a good player and we’ve just got to try to
limit his production as best we can." 2nd and 2. I-formation.
Smith gives a little play action to Ware, and Albert Wilson runs a dig on
the left for the First.
do you know whose offense this looks like as well. This looks like the
Pats offense. "Alex
Smith's very smart," Patricia said. "He's a very bright guy. He
does a good job of getting the pre-snap read and trying to understand what
you're in defensively. He's trying to get into the right play when he has
the opportunity to do that. He's going to try to take advantage of the
leverage or the players or the matchup that he sees and he will try to
distribute the ball accordingly. When you have skill players in a system
like that that are really good and you feel you've got a good matchup or a
good alignment, or whatever the case may be that you're seeing, then
you're going to try to get the ball into their hands and then that could
be the run or the pass game, just kind of depends on how you're lined up
defensively. Certainly, you've just got to make sure that he can't just
see what you're in and obviously get the ideal play every time, and
hopefully we can just line up and play good football. We're going to have
to play fundamentally sound, we're going to have to play with good
technique and really in the end that's what it's going to come down to for
us is just doing a good job of doing the basics and the things that we
talk about all the time. They're going to obviously have a situation where
they're going to get into some plays or a particular run that they may
have a favorable matchup in, and we've just got to make sure we step up to
that challenge and handle it." Smith goes under center and
runs a conventional offense as much as any QB in the League, and maybe as
much as Brady.
and 10, Singleback with Twin WRs on the right. They run a bubble screen to
the inside receiver Kelce. 2nd and 6, Bunched-L Weak shotgun. They will
likely pass, but they can also run the RB outside to the left behind the
bunch. They run the option right up the gut. Smith play actions to West,
and then follows him through the A-gap. That is another troubling play for
the Pats. "I
mean Alex is good," Chung said. "He gets the ball out quick, he
makes good decisions. He can run the ball just like Tannehill. They’re
kind of the same guys in a different offense. If you can see it that way,
but they’re not the same. It’s kind of hard to say, ‘Oh
Tannehill’s just like Smith,’ because they’re not, but as far as
having a running quarterback that can extend the plays when no one’s
open then yeah, if you put it in that aspect then yeah, they’re
definitely the same." The D-ends are really going to have to
maintain discipline, which also slows down the rush a little.
and 1, 3-TE Singleback with 2-TEs on the left. They run a Dive right up
the gut for a first. You have to stop the Dive to beat KC. "That
is correct. It's definitely a philosophy. Andy Reid and his system, to
keep giving the ball and find different ways to run the ball,"
Patricia said. "They do a good job of changing the run plays up
week-in, week-out so a particular set of runs that you might see one week
on film, you might get a different set the next week. You're going to see
an element of the read-option obviously with the quarterback who is very
dangerous, who can get the ball out in space. With that offense and with
that run play, they create an extra gap in the front and then force you to
really try and defend that with one less player defensively. I think
that's evident in their rushing yards this year and how well they average
in the run game, along with the production on early downs and along with
their production on big plays in the run game when you see the ball get
outside on the edge or break through the middle and it's a big gain, large
gain, where the balls going downfield. I think they're just steady and
consistent with it. I think he sticks with it. He stays with the run game.
He understands that that's going to set up the rest of his offense and
it's really just the system as far as him calling the plays. Kansas City's
one of the most balanced offenses that we face. They just do a great job
of understanding the run-pass tendencies that they have and keeping it
very balanced so it's a conscious effort by them to put a point of
emphasis on the run game and make sure they are running the ball."
On the read-option the RB is running a Dive over 90% of the time. And
Houston is not a light defense up front, to say the least, and they
struggled to stop that Dive right up the gut all game.
and 10, and KC lines up in a Twins-Twins Singleback. The WRs are on the
left, and Maclin motions to the right. You could see this one coming.
Smith hikes the ball with the
timing a little off, but still is able to hand the ball to Maclin on a
Jet-Sweep behind the Twin TEs on the right.
didn't bother to block JJ Watts, and he flubbed the play. "He’s
a quick guy," Ninkovich said about Smith. "He’s fast. He’s
definitely one of those guys that can be in the pocket and be out of the
pocket in a flash so you have to do a great job on the edge. Not just the
guys on the edge, but everyone on the front has to be aware and understand
that this quarterback can run for first downs on any given play."
Ninkovich is going to have to be ready make the play against the
read-option when he is unblocked. Which is very difficult for a D-end to
make that read that quick, and not be fooled. 2nd and 1, Twin-Twin
Singleback again. They run West on a Dive and the O-line wins again.
and 10, 3-Wide W-shotgun. They run play action and Smith gets sacked. 2nd
and 13, 3-Wide Weak-shotgun Twin TEs outside on the right. They run play
action and Smith throws a quick bubble screen to Kelce with the TE Parker
lined up inside of him to block. Kelce drops the ball. 3rd and 13, 3-Wide
Strong shotgun Twins left. The outside WR motions inside on the left.
Albert Wilson goes deep and beats the CB with a subtle double move. Smith
over throws him by a foot or two to force the punt.
comes out in a Singleback. KC goes into a tight 3-4 with the ILB up closer
to the line and Sean Smith up in the box in front of the TE. They play run
all the way and the D-line stops it. 2nd and 10, Houston goes 3-W
Singleback. KC matches up with a 3-4 Nickel and Eric Berry up in the box
like Chung. They run and Poe takes down Blue at the line. 3rd and 8,
Empty. Houston mulls a round a little in a 2-3 Dime. They bring four. The
two OLBs and the two DTs. Hoyer throws an interception to Eric Berry in a
zone in front of the WR Washington.
are one of the best teams at turning turnovers into points. "Well
Coach talks about the turnover margin that’s been heavily in their
favor, especially in their wins down the stretch," TB12 said. "I
think they do a great job of complementary football. I think we’ve
always tried to play complementary football. When they get turnovers they
turn them into points, and when you turn them into points, they’re good
in the kicking game and when they’re good in the kicking game, the
defense can tee off. Like I said the other day, it kind of creates this
snowball effect and the game is out of hand and just what happened last
week to Houston. Before you know it, they have a seven-point lead on the
opening kickoff and then you already feel like, ‘Man we’ve got to
start getting back into this game.’ You don’t want to be down 14-0 in
the middle of the second quarter. That’s not the way to play this team."
Brady and ball carriers have to be careful with the ball this week, because
they will take it and put points on the board.
and 10, 3-Wide W-shotgun. Kelce motions to the strongside. He curls back
inside to the left, and the RB cuts to the right crossing behind Kelce.
2nd and 5, 2-Wide Weak shotgun Twin WRs left and Twin TEs right. Smith
throws into very tight coverage, and the CB knocks the ball up and it is
intercepted by Cushing.
and 10, Houston in a 3-Wide Singleback. KC matches up in a 2-4 Nickel with
Berry sneaking up into the box like Chung. They run play action, but Mauga
is excellent in coverage on the TE. 2nd and 9, Empty. KC crowds the line
with six guys. They finally go into a 3-3 Nickel. Houston runs and Dee
Ford and Derrick Johnson take him down. 3rd and 7, 4-W Strong-shotgun. KC
crowds the line with six guys. Two drop out and the safety blitzes
bringing three guys on the strongside side, and one up the middle. Hoyer
throws quickly to Watkins.
will overload one side of the O-line, like Sexy Rexy likes to do. "There
are definitely some things that both teams do that are similar, and I
think Bob's got his own style," Josh said about the KC/DC. "Each
coordinator that you coach against is going to have their own style in
terms of what they do from one week to the next and the things that they
tend to lean on in critical situations, but Bob is an excellent coach.
He's done a tremendous job wherever he's been. They have a really good,
experienced staff. They've created a lot of issues for a lot of teams this
year, and that would go all the way back to last year when we struggled
against them. They really kicked our butt last year, too, so they create a
lot of issues, not only with what they do, but the fact that they have a
lot of great players on the field and they play well together. They play
really well as a unit. They don't give you many things that are easy
throughout the entire game. They force you to earn everything you get. And
I think it's an extremely well coached defense, an extremely well coached
team, and we're going to have to do everything we can to prepare hard and
play our best game on Saturday because that's what it's going to take."
Like that last play, they had three rushers attacking the right side of
the O-line, like Rexy like to do.
and 10 Houston in a 3-W W-shotgun. KC in a 3-3 Nickel, with Berry sneaking
into the box again. Houston runs right. 2nd and 6, Houston in a 4-W
Strong-shotgun. Houston stays 2-4 Nickel. They bring four. Hoyer
overthrows they WR, but Peters is called for pass interference.
and 10 with Houston in the I. KC goes into the 3-4 with Berry sneaking up
again. The WR goes in motion, and two DBs drop back. Hoyer throws to
Hopkins almost uncovered by Sean Smith in a zone.
and 10, Houston in a Singleback. KC goes 3-4 with three OLB up on the line
in a six man front with one ILB behind them. They get penetration, but the
RB cuts back for a few. 2nd and 8, Houston in a 3-W Singleback. KC matches
up in a 3-4 Nickel. They run. KC holds up the line well, but they can't
get their hands on the RB. He is able to cut back and dive down for five.
2nd and 5, 4-W W-shotgun. KC goes 3-4 nickel with four guys up on the
line. They bring four and the two ILBs zone drop. Hoyer hits the TE
finding a crease in the zone.
and 10, Houston goes 4-Wide Singleback. KC comes out in a 3-3 Nickel with
both Safeties over the Bunch on the left. They run a toss to the Bunch
side. KC swarms over it like they were in the huddle. One guy misses a
tackle, and then three guys jump on him. 2nd and 10, Houston in a 4-W
S-shotgun. KC matches up in a very Patriot like 2-4 Nickel, with four guys
up on the line. They run a dive. KC takes down the RB a little late. 3rd
and 7, Houston in a 4-W W-shotgun. KC in a spread out 2-3 Dime with two up
and two down on the line. They get great penetration by three rushers. The
third rusher knocks the OLT into Hoyer as he brings his arm back to force
a fumble, and they recover it.
KC has done the best over the past 11 games is get turnovers. "Like
you pointed out, I think it's something you always try to do and every
team tries to do," BB said.." I don't think that will be any
different. Again, a lot of the Chiefs' points are also a function of their
defense. I mean it's definitely stopping their offense, but it's also
field position. They're right at the top of the league in field position,
which that's a function of their kicking game and defensive turnovers.
Creating good field position. Not putting them on a short field and then
doing a good job in those areas. I mean all of that is a part of starting
fast and having control of the game." The offense has to be efficient
with the ball. Because KC's defense makes the offense make mistakes, and
and 10 Singleback. They run play action. Smith hits Kelce
over midfield on a Slugo like he is Gronk to end the 1st quarter.
1st and 10, Singleback with trips right. WR motions to the left like it is
a Jet-Sweep and they run a dive to West for three. 2nd and 7, 3-Wide
W-shotgun. They run West on another Dive. You have to stop the dive
against KC. 3rd and 4, KC in a 4-Wide Strong-shotgun. Smith looks like he
wants to check out of it, but doesn't. Smith drops. He hits Kelce dragging
outside. Kelce catches it, turns up field, but the safety takes him down.
He is short to force the FG. KC-10. Houston-Zero.
Shotgun S-shotgun- PA Pass- 1 for 1
Bunch-L Weak shotgun- Option run 1 for 1
Weak-shotgun Twin WR-L- Pass 1 for 1
Weak-shotgun Twin WR-R- Run 1 for 1
W-shotgun Twin TE-R- Screen 1 for 1
W-shotgun Twin TE-R- Screen 1 for 1
W-Shotgun TE Motion R- Run 1 for 1
W-shotgun Twins-Twins- Pass 1 for 1
Play action 1 for 1
Play action 1 for 1
Twin WRs R- Pass 1 for 1
Trips-R Motion fake J-S- Run 1 for 1
Singleback Motion-R: Jet-Sweep 1 for 1
Singleback- run 1 for 1
Singleback- Run 1 for 1 Dive
Singleback- Twin-WRs on one side and Twin-TEs on the other. With a
single RB behind the QB who is under center.
or 4-W- three Wides or four wides, which can include a TE, H-B, or FB
standing up outside the tackles like WR.
RB lined up behind QB.
RB lined up next to QB on Strong side (right of QB).
RB lined up next to QB on Weak side (left of QB).
Singleback- two TE, and two WR with QB under center.
SB- Unbalanced means they move one O-linemen to the opposite side of
the line so there are three O-Linemen on one side of the center and one on
the other. Usually the OLT moves over to the right side either inside or
outside the ORT.
Means he drops to throw. If he scrambles or is Sacked the intent is still
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