When Andy Dalton came out out Texas Christian University (TCU) nearly three years ago, he was billed as a top tier quarterback and one of the “great decision makers in college football history.” Three years into his NFL career, he’s been anything but. The Bengal hasn’t developed as a decision maker and is struggling to find open receivers at the second and third levels of the field. He’s still operating at a college level.
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Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Andy Dalton, The Tape Never Lies on Oct 11, 2013
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Atlanta Falcons, The Tape Never Lies on Oct 10, 2013
The Falcons are lucky to have a bye week. After heartbreaking news that star wide receiver Julio Jones is out for the year with a foot injury, they’re going to need that valuable time to reconfigure their offense, which will certainly change without him.
So how exactly will it change?
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Manti Te'o, The Tape Never Lies on Oct 09, 2013
Manti Te’o saw his first extensive action on Sunday, a career-high 43 snaps during the Chargers’ 27-17 loss to the rival Oakland Raiders.
He was aggressive, flying to the ball when defending the run and somewhat controlled when covering the pass. He didn’t do a whole lot of the latter, being taken off the field when the Chargers deferred to their sub-packages against 11 personnel, but that’ll change soon. He’ll be getting more snaps, according to head coach Mike McCoy.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, The Tape Never Lies on Oct 04, 2013
Can the Dallas Cowboys stop Peyton Manning?
At 37, he’s aged like classic American muscle, still full of horsepower and great detail. He’s on pace for record-breaking numbers, having racked up 16 flawless touchdowns, no interceptions, and a mind-boggling 138.0 passer rating at more than nine yards per attempt. Defenses haven’t had an answer for him thus far, but that doesn’t mean he’s indefensible.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Carolina Panthers, The Tape Never Lies on Oct 03, 2013
The top player in the 2013 NFL draft is quickly becoming one of the top players in the NFL. It’s only been four weeks, but defensive tackle Star Lotulelei has been a force along the Carolina Panthers’ front seven.
After sliding to the No. 14 overall pick because of a heart condition, Lotulelei has done nothing but prove he should have been taken higher. He’s been versatile, aligning across the Panthers’ front, including at the one and three techniques, and he’s been a tough matchup because of his gap control, quickness, and power.
A big reason for his outstanding gap control is his intelligence. He picks the game up quickly, making it easier to defend the run.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay BuccaneerS, The Tape Never Lies on Oct 02, 2013
Mike Glennon’s snap count can be heard clearly. “EIGHTY!” His voice is so loud that it drains out the cheering crowd, putting it into the distant background. He’s under center and is set to take a crucial 2nd-and-6 snap. But he’s backed up at his 11-yard line, which only intensifies the pressure of making a big play and avoiding an even bigger turnover. He’s also a rookie, making this much harder, especially with Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson to his left.
Peterson is lined up in press man coverage on No. 1 target Vincent Jackson. He’s a yard inside the 10-yard line and a yard off the line of scrimmage. It’s about as close as he can get to Jackson without committing a sinful penalty. After checking with the referee if his alignment is legal, Peterson folds at his waist, sticks his rear end out and locks his elbows. This is the first fundamental of football, aligning the body properly so it’s ready to take action. It’s similar to how receivers line up, that is receivers not named Vincent Jackson. Jackson has his arms lose to the side, making it more difficult to gear up at the start of the play. But loose and lazy arms are common with receivers. No one knows why.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Miami Dolphins, The Tape Never Lies on Sep 30, 2013
Don’t look now, but the Miami Dolphins are 3-0. It’s one of the NFL’s “feel-good” stories of the young season. A promising team in South Beach, the Dolphins are led by a young quarterback named Ryan Tannehill who many believe to be the face of the future, a defense that’s dominant like it was last decade and — get this — good coaching.
Good coaching will be key tonight when the team takes on the undefeated New Orleans Saints. Both teams are rejuvenated and will be playing for the top of their divisions. On the Dolphins’ end, they’ll need a strong defensive performance to keep up with New England Patriots atop the AFC East, and there’s a good chance they get one.