Matt McGloin wasn’t supposed to be starting last Sunday. He sure as hell wasn’t supposed to be throwing touchdowns. He was the fourth option for the Raiders this past summer, after Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor and Tyler Wilson. But he beat out Wilson and then beat out Flynn for a roster spot. Then Pryor got injured. Now it’s McGloin’s time, and he didn’t disappoint.
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Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Oakland Raiders, The Tape Never Lies on Nov 20, 2013
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Carolina Panthers, The Tape Never Lies on Nov 15, 2013
It hasn’t even been two years and they’re already talking about No. 59 as the league’s best linebacker. No. 59 is Luke Kuechly, of course. He’s the leader of the Panthers’ rejuvenated defense, one that struggled mightily last season but has come together to become stout this season. A big reason why is Kuechly, who has raised his play to another level against the run and pass, especially the latter.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Indianapolis Colts, The Tape Never Lies on Nov 14, 2013
It’s going on three weeks since Bjoern Werner came back from torn plantar fascia, an injury that rudely interrupted his rookie season. He’s still getting back into the mix after his three week absence, trying to raise his snap count and develop his craft all at the same time. It hasn’t been easy, as he’s only managed a total of 30 snaps over the last two weeks, roughly the same amount he was playing per game before his injury. What’s made this even more difficult is that only six of the 30 snaps have come against the pass, consequently slowing his development as a sack artist.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Oakland Raiders, The Tape Never Lies on Nov 13, 2013
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.
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.