There were four minutes left in the third quarter when Terrelle Pryor stood in shotgun against the New York Giants. He had two receivers flanked to each side of him and a running back set to his left. In the middle of the field, he saw a two-deep shell from the defense, one that looked like it would be Cover 2 based off of the deeper-than-usual depth of the middle linebacker. Pryor’s play-call was a double slants concept to his right. It was a known Cover 2 “beater” and it would let him get the ball out of his hands quickly. It was an ideal call on 3rd-and-8 if the receivers beat the jam and picked up yards after the catch.
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Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Oakland Raiders, The Tape Never Lies on Nov 13, 2013
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under San Diego Chargers, The Tape Never Lies on Nov 08, 2013
It doesn’t take much to recognize Keenan Allen. Not only was he the only one of the Chargers’ receivers lined up wearing long blue sleeves last weekend, but he was also one of the sharpest route runners. He glides on the field. Creased at the elbows, his arms sway back and forth at his sides in a perfectly straight motion. His shoulders are squared and his chest is high. His feet are active and keep him running in a straight line. It’s like he’s pacing on a treadmill. And then he makes a quick break and you quickly realize that this is not just a workout, this is how he runs routes.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Kansas City Chiefs, The Tape Never Lies on Nov 07, 2013
Asked about Marcus Cooper’s skill-set, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke with admiration.”He’s big, he’s fast, and he’s got good cover and good hips,” Reid said. “It looks like he’s very instinctive with things. He’s young at the position; he’s young in the league and he played wide receiver at Rutgers, before. It’s just a matter of reps. Sure, he’s competitive. I appreciate seeing that.”
Cooper changed positions only three years ago. He was a wide receiver at Rutgers, as Reid said, but then a hand injury forced him to switch to cornerback. So it’s understandable that he’ll struggle at times this season, his first of extensive action.
The Chiefs have given him plenty of snaps (as much as 80 in a game) and have frequently left him on the perimeter in press-man coverage. Although he’s done surprisingly well thus far, it’s no easy task on a weekly basis, especially for a guy who’s still learning the technical side of the game. One misstep, and it’s over.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Green Bay Packers, The Tape Never Lies on Nov 06, 2013
NFL scouts can tell good jokes. One of the best ones I’ve heard came last year during the 2012 combine, where a scout came into the building and told a general manager that defensive tackle Mike Daniels of Iowa was too short to play the position because he was a hair over six-foot. Too short to play a position that’s intensely focused on low pad level? Blasphemy!
Daniels is shorter than your typical pro lineman, but that doesn’t mean he’s inferior. He still went in the fourth round last spring to the Packers, who happily plugged him into their rotation and watched him produce. He had two sacks and seven hurries in 14 games as a rookie, and now has four sacks and 10 hurries in 8 games as a sophomore. How’s he proving scouts wrong with all this production? By being short, that’s how.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Chicago Bears, The Tape Never Lies on Nov 04, 2013
First Robert Griffin III, now Aaron Rodgers. You can’t blame Jon Bostic if he said life was a bit unfair having to face two quality play action passers in his first two starts. The Redskins’ offense had him working hard all over the field last week and it’s likely that the Packers’ offense will tonight, too.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Arizona Cardinals, The Tape Never Lies on Oct 31, 2013
As good as the Cardinals’ Andre Ellington was on Sunday, racking up 154 yards rushing, he missed open running lanes.
“There are some of those plays, you wish you could get back,” he said after the Week 8 beating of the Atlanta Falcons. “That’s what the next game is for.”
The former Clemson running back is one of the league’s most dynamic runners because of his ability to bounce any run outside and take it to the house. But like any other home-run hitter, that’s also his downfall. He goes too much for the home-run and ends up striking out altogether. In other words, he misses open running lanes that can move the chains, and instead on those runs he gets a meager two yards.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under The Tape Never Lies on Oct 30, 2013
The music was blaring when Teddy Bridgewater knelt down in between the hashes of the 27-yard line. Down on one knee, he tied his shoe with the football by his right side. Coaches and teammates alike stood behind him while reporters stood on the sideline, all revering. Then everything seemed to stop; the cheering, the note-taking, the warmups, the music, and it all became a part of Bridgewater’s universe prior to the game against South Florida (a game Louisville would eventually win with ease, 34-3). It was the sort of image and control of the environment that you expect to be projected from likely the top quarterback in next May’s NFL draft, and possibly the first overall pick.