Greg Cosell stopped by The Herd today for his weekly appearance to breakdown the film from the past NFL week. In a world of subjective fandom and media hype, Cosell’s evaluations are uncommonly objective and provide expert insight.
So take off your fan hat, grab a pen, take some notes, and increase your football intelligence.
Today, Colin asked Cosell what the film tells him about the Week 6 performances from around the league.
Roll the film.
Aaron Rodgers had another poor game against the Cowboys. What does the film say about his struggles last week?
Successful NFL quarterbacks need precise ball location. At his best, Aaron Rodgers has shown pin point accuracy, precise ball location and an ability to throw with great velocity on intermediate and downfield throws. Those traits don’t normally go together. Right now, he’s lost that ability. He’s never been fundamentally sound, but it’s magnified with his struggles.
What does the film say about Dak Prescott’s arm and ability to make NFL throws?
Arm strength is not an issue with Prescott. He can make every required NFL throw. He doesn’t have the arm strength of Joe Flacco or Matt Stafford, but he doesn’t have limitations like many quarterbacks around the league.
— NFL (@NFLonLive) October 2, 2016
How has the Cowboys playbook changed with Prescott, as opposed to Romo?
Jason Garrett has added wrinkles to the playbook with Prescott. Their pass game isn’t conceptually different, but they like to get Prescott out on the perimeter more than they would with Romo because of his mobility. The read option elements in the run game are the biggest difference, which is unique to the play calling with Prescott under center.
The Panthers are 1-5 coming off last year’s Super Bowl run. What does the film say about why they’ve struggled?
With the Panthers, the biggest difference is on the defensive side of the ball. It’s easy to say the secondary isn’t as good, but the most notable change is in their defensive schemes. Last week against the Saints, they didn’t play one snap in the Nickel (5 DB’s). They featured 3 linebackers on the field for every snap, which is unheard of in today’s pass heavy NFL. That hurts.
— Lions (3-3) (@RookieeeMUT) October 16, 2016
Pittsburgh went down to Miami, and got pushed around by a less talented Dolphins team. What happened, according to the film?
Pittsburgh isn’t very good on defense, and they haven’t been all season. The days of the “Blitzburgh” defense are gone, and the Steelers have become a predominantly zone defense team, playing mostly Cover 3 and Cover 2. They’re no longer an aggressive blitzing team. They’ve also been hurt by the absence of Cameron Heyward and Ryan Shazier, who have missed time with injuries. The combination of losing players, a change in philosophy, and playing younger players has had a negative impact. On offense, they’ve been effective with Roethlisberger, who’s now going to miss time with a knee injury, but they need their offense to win games. If they aren’t scoring points, they have trouble finding ways to win games.
— NFL México (@nflmx) October 11, 2016
Carson Wentz struggled last week against the Redskins (11/22 with 0 TD’s). Are teams figuring him out? What does the film say?
It was an odd game. You almost have to push it aside in the evaluation of Wentz. There was one stretch in the game where, other than a kneel down at the end of the first half, the Redskins ran 38 consecutive offensive plays and the Eagles didn’t possess the ball. The issue for the Eagles was pass protection. They started a rookie right tackle, and it forced them to change their offensive approach. They like to line up in 5 receiver sets, but had to dedicate additional blockers to help in pass protection. That changes the route concepts. Wentz’s numbers aren’t a true indicator of why the Eagles lost.
— Patrick (@pcausey3) October 19, 2016
The Redskins have been surprisingly good, and Kirk Cousins has put up impressive numbers. What does the film say about Cousins’ performance?
Their offensive line has played extremely well this year, and allowed Cousins time to throw. During their 4-game win streak, they’ve also started to run the ball efficiently, specifically on outside zone plays with Matt Jones. Cousins is the type of quarterback that needs solid offensive line play to be effective. So far this season, Washington’s line play has been outstanding.
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) October 18, 2016
Colin has always regarded Andy Reid as an elite head coach, especially off bye weeks (16-2 career record). What does the film say about Andy Reid coached teams?
Andy Reid does excels at designing route concepts. If the route concepts work, they beat the anticipated defensive schemes. His route concepts set up successful throws. He’s doing it with Alex Smith in Kansas City, but he also did it with Donovan McNabb in Philly. His quarterbacks don’t throw interceptions. That’s largely a product of superior coaching.
— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) December 20, 2015
Stop by the film room nest week to see what the film says about the most talked about performances from Week 7.