The MLB who is running the QB Spy on this play appears to not know what to do, so he does a little dance in the middle of the field: https://mfn1.myfootballnow.com/gamecenter/view/5914#1064375
He does it on this play as well: https://mfn1.myfootballnow.com/gamecenter/view/5914#1064346
I'm really not sure what the Spy wanted to do on the field or would have done if the QB reached the LOS, so he may be behaving as expected.
MLB sprints away from the RB on this play like he doesn't want to get in the way: https://mfn1.myfootballnow.com/gamecenter/view/5914#1064394
(This guy may have been dropping into "coverage", but he starts sprinting away after the RB has the ball.)
And this play as well: https://mfn1.myfootballnow.com/gamecenter/view/5914#1064395
All of the LBs turn and run the opposite way as soon as the RB reaches the LOS: https://mfn1.myfootballnow.com/gamecenter/view/5914#1064338
I can't tell if this is a glitch with zone protection or a bad read by the defense. I'm running 3-Deep Man on this, so the CB1 should fall back to the deep zone and the SS should be playing middle zone on the left hash. The offense is running the 113 HB Flare, and the outside WR runs the go. The CB1 drops into his zone and picks up the WR, which is good. The SS comes up into his zone. When the RB crosses the LOS, both the CB1 and SS come up cover the RB leaving the WR running the go route to go free. Fortunately, the SS grows wings and flies up to knock away a sure 80 yard TD: https://mfn1.myfootballnow.com/gamecenter/view/5914#1064337
Seems like the CB1 should have stayed with the outside WR going deep and the RB should have been picked up by the LB covering the hook zone. I could see the SS coming up to the LB's spot or staying put. I don't know why he would ever come up to cover the RB on this play.
This one is more egregious. The CB2 drops back into his deep zone. He covers the WR that enters his zone until the WR breaks the edge of the zone area, then the CB retreats to the center of the zone allowing the WR to go free behind him. The safety is no help because the safety is playing as deep as the CB and doesn't turn to pursue: https://mfn1.myfootballnow.com/gamecenter/view/5914#1064444
The CB is the deepest man back on that side of the field. He doesn't leave the WR until he hands him off to the safety. If the safety doesn't come, he stays with his man.
Last edited at 1/14/2017 6:22 pm