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jrry32


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:06 am    Post subject: Tale of the Tape: Week 1 - Sam Bradford Reply with quote

I am just going to tell you guys now, our QB was STELLAR in Week 1. I reviewed this game on Coach's film expecting to find the normal few instances where Sam missed open WRs down the field or was slow through his progressions or something of that nature. There were very few examples of it in this game. And that's a very good thing.

He was getting the ball out on time, he was getting through his reads quickly and he was finding the open receiver. There are a few things I want to highlight because I think they merit further explanation/evaluation.

Play #1: Interception TD




This was a painful play to watch and a poor play call in my opinion. However, Jared Cook made a pretty big error on this play. He's sent in motion and is supposed to block but slips at the snap as shown in the final picture. Due to him slipping, he gets out of position and doesn't touch the DE. At minimum, he was supposed to chip that DE. I think he was responsible for blocking him but that's guess-work. Regardless, due to him slipping, the DE was untouched and was able to run right to Sam. Sam was not outside the pocket yet so he could not throw it away. He did about the only thing he could do, he tried to throw it over and around the DE. The DE made a nice play in getting his left hand up and batting the ball.

I'm not a fan of running a bootleg on the goal-line but had Cook been in position, this play likely results in positive yardage.

Play #2: Incomplete Deep Ball to Jared Cook





Here we have the deep ball to the end-zone to Cook that appeared forced. In fact, it was the proper read. Before the snap, the safety is shaded to the strong-side of the formation leaving a single CB matched up on Cook with no help. They drop into a zone with the LB underneath and the CB over the top at the snap. Cook is running a post corner route which is a double move where he fakes the post and then makes an abrupt cut to the corner route to try and get the CB out of position. It works well enough. Issue is that Cook makes a bone-headed decision after his break. He should have stayed on the CB's outside hip and ran towards the front pylon while running under the ball. However, he tries to cut behind the CB and ends up losing momentum in the process and getting too far inside on a ball that was being thrown to the red strike zone in the corner of the end-zone.

We'll never know if Cook would have gotten to the ball but the mistake on this play was on Cook, not the QB. He needs to know that he has to keep outside leverage on the CB and fade to the corner. He is a tad inconsistent but he makes up for it with that amazing athleticism. Wink

Play #3: Incomplete Short Pass to Quick on 3rd Down




Here's a route combination that's been around for awhile. It's a Quick and Cook running drags from the opposite side of the field on 3rd and short. Cook's job is to pick Quick's defender in an innocent manner or force Quick's defender to slow down and dodge him. Why didn't the play work?

Simple. Quick slowed down and side-stepped in the 2nd picture because he thought he was going to run into Cook. Maybe he was right but I think he was wrong. Regardless, either Quick got too much depth initially or Cook didn't get enough. And the issue was that Quick side-stepping him alerted the CB that Cook was coming at him which allowed the CB to side-step him. Side-stepping him also did two things, it caused Quick to lose depth on his route which made the route be run short of the first down marker and it caused him to lose speed which allowed the CB to stick with him.

Had Quick run this route properly, he would have caught the ball at the marker and lost the CB covering him in traffic because of Cook. The play-call was right. It was just poorly executed by the receivers. And the issue was that nobody else was open so Sam had to take a shot at trying to zip it in to Quick.

Play #4: Incomplete Pass to Jared Cook Over the Middle




Here's one of the few plays that was Sam's fault. On game day, this was also a throw that I felt he forced to Cook and I was on wrong that as well. We ran a play-action on this play and it was sold well. Karlos Dansby bought it hook, line and sinker. Issue is that Sam was far too late on the throw. The second photo shows Cook coming out of his break. Sam should have thrown it right as he went into it. He had a wide open window down the seam. We're talking fractions of a second but they matter. Because he was late, Karlos Dansby recovered and hauled butt down the seam to get into position to knock the ball away and nearly intercept it.

I'm sure Sam will be kicking himself when he sees this one in the film room as he had the throw, he saw the receiver clearly but he just took one too many hitch steps and was late.

Ok guys, that's it for today on plays that I wanted to breakdown. There are a few other good ones to look at but trust me, our QB had a very strong day against Arizona. VERY few plays that he left on the field and it's hard to nitpick what he did.

I also want to give credit to our OL who had a good day. Not a great day but a good day. While the stat sheet says they gave up 0 sacks, here are a few examples of how much Sam was able to help them on Sunday:

Abraham stunts inside and Bradford side-steps him then slips his tackle on what would have been a sack but ends up fumbling while scrambling past the LOS

Cardinals blitz and Bradford has to escape two guys but is able to and then makes a first down throw to Givens

Defender penetrates the A gap off the snap and takes out Bradford's lower leg but he gets the ball out right before he's hit...our season could have ended on this play. Funny how the "Brady" rule went uncalled when Bradford was clearly cut down right below the knee.

The defenders stunt and Saffold's guy gets inside of him and forces Sam out of the pocket...it's really too bad because if Sam had been able to stand in, Austin would have cleared Dansby into an open window and likely had a TD.

Defender comes through almost entirely unblocked on a blitz and Bradford just throws it over Pettis's head to the sidelines as a throwaway...very savvy move...no intentional grounding on a clear throwaway.

This wasn't meant to take a shot at the OL either. The Cards brought a lot of heavy, exotic blitzes at us and we did a relatively good job of picking them up. I just wanted to highlight Bradford because it shows just how much his pocket awareness, presence and movement/elusiveness have come from his first 2 years where he was often a statue in the pocket.

If this were rookie Bradford, he's likely sacked 4 or 5 times in this game.

All in all, good performance by the offense for Week 1. Hopefully they expand on it. Bradford, though, looked very comfortable and he made very few errors. This was one of his strongest games as a pro and the Cardinals didn't give it up easily. They threw a lot of looks and blitzes at him. He got hit a decent amount in this game.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When we were having break downs on the interior, did it seem to be a specific guy? You would expect that to happen to Williams and an aging Dahl, Im just hoping Wells isnt the issue.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam played very well. It will be more telling, IMO, when we see how he handles a game on the road.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fisher alluded to play three oh his show. A fan asked if he was going to get Quick more involved and Fisher states Quick played half the snaps on offense and if he ran his routes proper he would have been more involved than he ended up being.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for breaking down the 3rd & 2 for me. I was miffed at Bradford for making the wrong read but seeing it now, Quick obviously goofed. I was quite incorrect.

Thanks for the breakdowns Jrry.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

StLunatic88 wrote:
When we were having break downs on the interior, did it seem to be a specific guy? You would expect that to happen to Williams and an aging Dahl, Im just hoping Wells isnt the issue.


Both OGs had some issues with blitzes. I'd have to go back and look a little harder to see how much of an issue they were. Pass pro wasn't bad or great. It was above average though which is a nice change from years past.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent analysis as always jrry. Btw can you tell the admin of RealRamsFans.com to check the status on my registration? I sent two and none of them sent me an email back.
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yrba1 wrote:
Excellent analysis as always jrry. Btw can you tell the admin of RealRamsFans.com to check the status on my registration? I sent two and none of them sent me an email back.


I can try. What is your username over there?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jrry32 wrote:
yrba1 wrote:
Excellent analysis as always jrry. Btw can you tell the admin of RealRamsFans.com to check the status on my registration? I sent two and none of them sent me an email back.


I can try. What is your username over there?


I registered to that site years ago and gave up.
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jrry32 wrote:
yrba1 wrote:
Excellent analysis as always jrry. Btw can you tell the admin of RealRamsFans.com to check the status on my registration? I sent two and none of them sent me an email back.


I can try. What is your username over there?


still yrba1. If not, Flippin' Ram
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jrry32 wrote:
yrba1 wrote:
Excellent analysis as always jrry. Btw can you tell the admin of RealRamsFans.com to check the status on my registration? I sent two and none of them sent me an email back.


I can try. What is your username over there?


still yrba1. If not, Flippin' Ram


Ok, sent them a message.
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yrba1 wrote:
Excellent analysis as always jrry. Btw can you tell the admin of RealRamsFans.com to check the status on my registration? I sent two and none of them sent me an email back.


Well done analysis Jrry. He played a great game no doubt about it, would've looked even better with Cook's 3rd TD added on. Anyhow, I do feel this is the year Bradford enters the top10-12 conversation. He's showed poise in the pocket from day 1, just took a bunch of hits early which had him hearing footsteps, and receivers ala Brady last night. However with this new unit I wont be suprised in the slightest if he throws up stats around the 4200-4500 yds range, with a 61-62% comp, and somewhere around 25-30 tds and about 10-14 ints.
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