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.
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Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Chicago Bears, The Tape Never Lies on Nov 04, 2013
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.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Nnamdi Asomugha, San Fransisco 49ers, The Tape Never Lies on Oct 25, 2013
The fall from NFL grace is like that of an apple from a tree; hard, bruising, and suddenly there’s the feeling of no longer being wanted. That’s what’s happened to Nnamdi Asomugha, who came into the league green, then ripened into the league’s best cornerback, and he’s since has been bruised by the league’s best receivers on a weekly basis. That is as long as he was active, which isn’t the case any longer.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Oakland Raiders, The Tape Never Lies on Oct 24, 2013
All you have to do is look at Lamarr Houston’s stance. It’s low, anchored by his left foot forward and his right bent and staggered back. His arms loosely hang and his butt is sunken low, creating little discernible difference between the outside linebacker and defensive end position. This is where Houston wins, where he’s able to beat left tackles with leverage and pad level before the play has even begun. This is why he’s one of the best players in the game.
Houston doesn’t always get enough credit for how good he is. That’s understandable, because he is, after all, playing in Oakland, a perennially bad team. Bad teams typically have a stigma attached, one that says they have no quality players of note, thus why they are bad. But that’s not the case (and never has been) with the Raiders and Houston, who is a difficult matchup for left tackles on a weekly basis.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under St. Louis Rams, The Tape Never Lies on Oct 23, 2013
Most young players, rookies or second-year, struggle with discipline. They try too hard to make game-changing plays for their team without knowing what they’re really doing is hurting more than helping. It’s a matter of simply doing their job, as Bill Belichick frequently says to his New England Patriots. With discipline, game-breaking plays will come, and without it, they won’t. Simple as that. That’s why it’s imperative for the Rams’ Alec Ogletree to stop ball-watching so frequently and start dropping into his zones without freelancing.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under New York Jets, The Tape Never Lies on Oct 18, 2013
The work of nose tackles usually goes unnoticed, but it’s hard to ignore Damon Harrison. The second-year defender is playing off the charts as the gut of the New York Jets’ defense and is one of the best players I’ve seen this year on film.