Greg Cosell stopped by The Herd for his weekly appearance to take Colin and the audience inside the film room to breakdown performances from the past NFL week. Get the information from the man who watches all the film, and make yourself smarter as a football fan.
Colin asked Cosell what the film tells him about the Week 8 performances from around the NFL.
Roll the film.
Norv Turner resigned as the offensive coordinator with the Vikings. Pat Shurmur replaces him. How will the Vikings offense change with Turner out of the picture?
The Vikings biggest problem isn’t coaching, it’s the offensive line. The film shows that Sam Bradford is anticipating and perceiving pressure that isn’t there. The one area where Pat Shurmur will help is by bringing a more West Coast mentality. More quick game with 3 and 5 step drops, so Bradford can get the ball out faster will help, considering the offensive line issues. Shurmur has a relationship with Bradford from his time with the Rams, so they aren’t complete strangers.
Schwartz sends Jenkins & Hicks on blitz. Jenkins has WIDE open lane, forces Bradford to step up into Hicks sack pic.twitter.com/zyYLyTiCTf
— Patrick (@pcausey3) October 25, 2016
Derek Carr threw for 500 yards in the Raiders win at Tampa. What does the film say about his breakout day?
The tape confirms It was Carr’s best game as a pro. He was settled and comfortable in the pocket, and threw on balance with consistent footwork. Tampa has a limited pass rush, and the Raiders felt good about their matchups on the perimeter, but Carr was very impressive.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) October 30, 2016
Russell Wilson hasn’t thrown for a touchdown in 3 weeks. At the end of last year, he transitioned to playing as a pocket passer and had success. What does the film say about Wilson’s struggles, and is he regressing from bad habits, or due to injury?
A significant part of Wilson’s game, and how Seattle wants to play, is his ability to run. He hasn’t been able to run effectively by design, or extend plays by scrambling. One thing that stands out on film is the Seahawks lack of commitment to the run. The nature of their offense depends on a commitment to the run game. Against the Saints, they ran the ball 6 times for 43 yards to start the 3rd quarter, but then abandoned it. There is no rhythm in the passing game without the balance of the run. They need to start there.
Russell Wilson improvisando na pressão com screen inesperado para o RB em terceira descida chave. Fantástico! pic.twitter.com/wVeWykJHta
— Tiago Araruna (@tiagoararuna) October 19, 2016
Cam Newton made statements this week that he doesn’t feel safe. Speaking in terms taking hits in the pocket, how much is on him for not moving within the pocket, or throwing the ball away to avoid taking the hits?
Cam isn’t a true timing and rhythm thrower. Even in the pocket, he tends to throw the ball later in the down. They aren’t a true quick game team, even though they do feature elements of it in their offense. One of his strengths is his ability to drive the ball off his back foot, late in downs, but that means the rush is closer, and he takes more hits. The NFL admitted that the Calais Campbell hit against Arizona should have been penalized. The Panthers also went back to making him a foundational element of their run game, which makes him more susceptible to taking shots.
Calais Campbell was fined $18k today for this hit on Cam Newton. pic.twitter.com/R9P3Ub5Ow1
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) November 3, 2016
Last week against Atlanta, it looked like Green Bay made a concerted effort to get the ball out of Aaron Rodgers hands quickly. What did the film say about how the Packers offensive scheme was different than previous weeks?
In the first half, Rodgers and the Green Bay passing offense looked as good as they have in a long time. Rodgers was throwing in rhythm, and anticipating receivers being open. That’s what quarterbacking in the NFL is all about. Atlanta played mostly zone coverage in the first half, and switched to more man coverage in the second half. Rodgers and the Packers offense struggled in the second half after the switch, largely because the Packers’ receivers couldn’t get open.
— HighlightHub (@HighlightHub) October 30, 2016
Dak Prescott got the better of Carson Wentz in their first matchup in terms of the final score, but what does the film say about how each of the rookie quarterbacks played?
Dak Prescott: He didn’t play very well in this game, overall, although he did make some throw near the end. He struggled with the Eagles aggressive blitz scheme. The Cowboys don’t feature a lot of quick game concepts and the blitzing helped “speed up” Dak’s decision making process. His lower body mechanics were off, and he drifted on throws because of the pressure.
Shot 16 – Game-winning TD. McLeod a free player here. Takes away Prescott’s first read. QB breaks pocket, McLeod runs into Jenkins. TD. pic.twitter.com/8BCD2TwtJX
— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) November 1, 2016
Carson Wentz: He executed a condensed Philly game plan. They didn’t throw the ball down the field, and only ran 3 or 4 plays where the route concepts took them down the field. He completed 32 passes for 202 yards, but everything was quick by design. He executed what was asked of him, it just didn’t ask him to throw the ball down the field.
— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) October 31, 2016
Check back next week to see what the film says about NFL Week 9.