There are two types of NFL fans. The ones that watch highlights, and the ones who want to get smarter by learning from the game film.
Every week, Senior Producer of NFL Matchup and NFL Films, Greg Cosell, stops by the show to take the audience inside the Herd Film Room to break down the tape from the most talked about performances from the past week.
Today, he’s breaking down the film from NFL Week 12.
Roll the tape.
Aaron Rodgers played well in Green Bay’s Monday night win over the Philadelphia. What does the film say about his performance? Could he finally be snapping out of his year-long funk?
Monday night was the best game Rodgers has played in any game this season. He played with a high level of mental quickness and physical execution. He went from being random and dangerous, to surgical and precise. He played a high level first reaction game, instead of a “maybe yes, maybe no” second and third reaction game. Because of the lack of running game and an injured defense, he has to be consistently precise for the Packers to win games, not just occasionally spectacular. He was 9/10 on third down against the Eagles by getting rid of the ball in the structure if the offense.
— The Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) November 29, 2016
Colin believes the legacies of Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford shouldn’t be judged just on wins and losses. He thinks what each inherited is an important factor to consider. Rodgers was drafted into a stable organization and NFC Championship roster, while Stafford was handed organizational chaos, poor coaching, and a below average roster. How does the film say Stafford compares to Rodgers? Has he surpassed him?
Stafford is a classic example of good coaching channeling an extremely talented player. Since the arrival of Jim Bob Cooter last year, the offense has been centered around a quick rhythm pass game, and fewer random plays from Stafford. In the past, Stafford would make some big plays outside of the structure of the offense because of his huge arm, but he would also make a lot of bad ones. Now he’s playing with structure and playing the most consistent football of his career.
— Inside the Pylon (@ITPylon) October 29, 2016
Colin always thought of Kirk Cousins as a dink and dunker, but this season it looks like he’s getting the ball down the field more consistently and the Washington offense can move the ball on anybody. He just carved up the Cowboys for 450 yards on Thanksgiving. Does the film say Cousins has been as impressive as Colin thinks?
He’s played well all season. It’s hard to read too much into his huge stat line against Dallas, because a huge chunk of the yards came on a couple of big plays. Cousins’ strength is his ability to make “thrown touch throws”, which are throws that don’t require a cannon arm, but velocity with touch. Jay Gruden runs a great scheme to match Cousins’ strengths, and Washington has great weapons. It’s a perfect fit. They would be wise to lock him up long term. Who are they going to get that is an upgrade?
— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) November 21, 2016
Jared Goff made his second start for the Rams, who were blown out in the second half on the road in New Orleans. What does the tape say about Goff, and what went wrong against the Saints?
It’s not a game where one thing happened. The Saints were aggressive, blitzing on more than 50% of the defensive snaps. When the offensive route concepts anticipated the defensive scheme, and Goff got what he was looking for, he looked efficient. He needs to be better with his ball placement. He made some excellent throws, but was scattershot at times. Because he lacks mobility, he needs to become consistently precise. He has a good arm, not a great arm. Carson Wentz has a bigger arm.
— LA Rams (@ChatRams) November 27, 2016
Colin can’t stop talking about the Raiders, and his budding bromance with MVP candidate Derek Carr. Last week against Carolina, Carr played superhero and glued his pinky back onto his hand to pull out another fourth quarter comeback. What has been the most impressive thing about Carr on film?
Carr’s biggest improvement this year has been in the consistency of his footwork and lower body mechanics. He’s throwing with a much better base and balance than last year. He has a strong arm, a snap quick delivery and can make every throw. As the young Raiders core gains more experience, they are using multiple personnel packages and formations and attack the defense at every level. It’s a nightmare for opposing defenses.
— Mon V (@GoTeamMV19) November 27, 2016
The perception with the Broncos is that their offense, led by quarterback Trevor Siemian, won’t score enough points to win games or win in the playoffs. What does the film say on Siemian and his recent play?
Siemian has been playing extremely well, especially last week against an impressive Kansas City defense. He has a great sense of timing in his drop, his set, and his delivery. He has shown consistent footwork and deceptive mobility, and has been effective in the context of the Denver offense. Siemian is very similar to Matt Schaub, who head coach Gary Kubiak coached in Houston.
— Draftstars (@DraftstarsAU) November 28, 2016
It’s no secret that Colin hasn’t been a believer in Ryan Tannehill, but the Dolphins are rolling right now, and Tannehill is playing the best football of his career. What does the film say Tannehill is doing better this year? How much credit does head coach Adam Gase deserve?
Tannehill has improved in the subtleties of playing the quarterback position. Credit should go to Tannehill, but also to Adam Gase and the Miami coaching staff. He’s developed good habits, like moving his feet with his eyes to stay on better balance can be the difference between incompletions and significant plays in a game. It doesn’t show up on a highlight tape, but it shows up on the game film.
What a money throw from Tannehill. Amazing effort by Kenny Stills. This one won the game. pic.twitter.com/bIufg91Fct
— SouthFlaSportsBlog (@SouthFlaSports) November 27, 2016