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 14.
Roll the tape.
Dak Prescott has struggled over the last three games, after looking unbeatable for most of the year. What does the film say about his recent slump?
There are a couple of factors in Prescott’s slump, but if you isolate him on film, a number of the problems he had in college are coming to the surface again. He’s not throwing with a firm base and has a tendency to drift when he throws to his left. He’s a locked, front leg thrower, which makes it difficult to drive the ball. It’s especially apparent on his downfield throws.
These problems won’t be corrected during the season, he’ll have to work on fixing them in the offseason. Another factor is the Dallas run game isn’t quite as effective as it was earlier in the year. The Cowboys are finding themselves behind the chains more recently, and Prescott hasn’t converted a third down throwing in the last two games.
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 12, 2016
Tampa Bay has been a surprise team. The Bucs defense has been playing as well as anyone in the league. What does the film say about what they’re defensively from a scheme perspective?
Tampa’s defense isn’t built on detailed pressure schemes, or constantly changing coverages. They predominantly play zone, and have done a good job of pre-snap disguise, and late movement at the snap of the ball. Their pass rush is predominantly a 4-man pass rush, without much blitz. It’s not an overly complex scheme, but it’s been effective.
And that’ll do it in Tampa! A PICK seals the W!
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) December 12, 2016
Gronk is out, but Tom Brady is still shredding opposing defenses with a cast of relatively unknown receivers, and no legitimate deep threats. What does the film say about New England’s offensive personnel, and how Brady is still so effective, even shorthanded?
Rookie wide out Malcolm Mitchell has played well. Cosell liked him coming out of Georgia. New England’s offensive success is as much a product of scheme, as it is personnel. They’re one of the most formationally diverse teams in the NFL out of base personnel, meaning they don’t have three wide receivers on the field.
Brady’s high level of understanding of the quarterback position is the key to running an offense that is so diverse. Also, there may not be a better team in the NFL at selective use of tempo.
— New England Patriots (@PatriotsMexico) December 13, 2016
Russell Wilson struggled again against Green Bay, and he’s played unevenly the entire year. What does the film say about Wilson’s struggles?
This was not a good game for Russell Wilson. He struggled in a number of areas. At times, he’s impatient, which is a function of him not being able to see things because of his height. When he’s playing well, he compensates for this by making improvisational plays. In this game, those plays didn’t happen. He was impatient and frenetic on a number of his drop backs, and erratic with his accuracy.
The most intriguing thing about Seattle’s offense is that you don’t get a feel like they have an identity on a week to week basis. You never know what you’re going to get.
— Miami Football (@MiamiOHFootball) December 12, 2016
After Sunday’s loss to Atlanta, Todd Gurley called the Rams offense a “middle school offense.” Obviously, they’re limited because of rookie quarterback Jared Goff, but what’s the Rams’ biggest issue? Is it personnel? Is it scheme? What does the film say?
There have been a number of great offenses over the years that have been successful, but weren’t highly detailed. The Joe Gibbs Redskins teams had around three running plays, but they executed them really well. The Rams don’t. Gurley is obviously frustrated because he is having a down year, and it’s obvious that Goff is overwhelmed. The Rams are predictable, but they don’t execute.
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 11, 2016
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 15, 2016