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 Post subject: Analysis of Patriots game from a Patriots forum site
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 10:26 pm 
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Thanks for the hard work. Attached is a breakdown of the Pats first offensive series from a NE fan perspective:

http://www.patsfans.com/new-england-pat ... 061&page=5

Offensive Series #1 Field Goal

Contributor: Pats1
Time: 10:00 remaining in the first quarter
Statistics: 13 plays (8 run, 4 pass, 1 field goal), 75 yards (66 run, 24 pass, -15 penalty), time of possession was 7:06
Breakdown: 8 green plays (5 run, 2 pass, 1 field goal) for 83 yds. (59 run, 24 pass), 2 black plays (2 run, 0 pass) for 7 yds., 3 red plays (1 run, 2 pass) for 0 yds., 15 penalty yds. lost for the Patriots.

Kickoff: Andrews from the NE 3, 15 yd return, Andrews gets a block from Banta-Cain but is quickly taken down by a defender Evans was beat by, behind the wedge.

1st and 10 NE 18

Result: Run, Dillon, right tackle, 8 yds.
Offense: 2 WR, Kight wide left, Caldwell wide right, TE Watson in motion from left wing to standing right wing, TE Rasby down off RT, Dillon lone RB.
Defense: 4-3, LBs shaded right, SS comes up in pressure coverage over Watson, both CBs 10 yards off.
Blocking: Light gets an angle on the SLB Boley ahead of the run but loses it when Dillon goes by, and Boley breaks off to help on the stop
Mankins gets knocked into the backfield on the first blow from the DT Shropshire, but Dillon is able to evade the obstruction
Hochstein comes out and knocks the MLB Hartwell out of Dillon’s lane, but can’t get an angle as Dillon goes by despite a strong effort, as Hartwell breaks off and makes the tackle
Neal drags the DT Coleman right and out of the running lane
Gorin gets sandwiched between Neal and Rasby, where the DE Kerney pushes him down and then turns to follow the run
Rasby rides the WLB Brooking briefly outside before Brooking breaks off and attempts to stop a plowing Dillon, with tacklers, with a jump tackle
Watson engages with the SS Milloy on the edge and turns him outside, but loses the angle as the run works downfield and Milloy breaks free

Analysis: Both Light and Hochstein had great downfield blocks on the playside LBs to give Dillon enough room off the bat, but both of the quick LBs were able to break free and at least attempt to take Dillon down. Carrying two tacklers on his back for a good 3 yards, it would take a dive onto the party from the WLB Brooking to put an end to the run. Dillon showed an exceptional burst in the backfield despite having Mankins and a free DE Abraham as other backfield occupants. Already Dillon looks like a completely different runner than he did in Denver 7 months prior.

2nd and 2 NE 26

Result: Run, Dillon, left tackle, 4 yds.
Offense: 2 WR, Kight wide left, Caldwell wide right, 2 TE, Thomas down off LT, Watson down left wing, Dillon lone RB.
Defense: 4-3, LBs shaded left, FS pressure coverage over Watson, both CBs 10 yards off.
Blocking: Watson holds the SLB Boley tight on the inside of the running lane, just long enough for Dillon to scamper for the first
Thomas turns the DE Abraham inside before breaking off and attempting to cut down the WLB Brooking, but is only able to graze an ankle
Light gives Abraham a lick before turning the penetrating MLB Hartwell inside, and away from the run
Mankins turns right and quickly drives the DT Shropshire right and to the turf
Hochstein turns the DT Coleman right before Gorin backs right into Hochstein’s face
Neal pulls left and forces the S Crocker, the edge containment, to evade into the backfield, opening Dillon’s hole
Gorin corrals the DE Kerney for a few seconds before Mankins drives the DT Shropshire into Gorin’s knees

Analysis: Shaky blocking in spots, but it got the job done. The tackler would be the DE Abraham, who was chipped by both Thomas and Light but was able to catch Dillon’s legs from behind. Dillon was slowed right at the line because of an off-balance Neal attempting to engage the S Crocker, but failing and slipping right in Dillon’s path. Watson held a great block on the SLB to give Dillon enough room for the first, but a combination of Abraham and the blocker Thomas attempted to cut but couldn’t, Brooking, brought Dillon down.

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1st and 10 NE 30

Result: Pass, Caldwell, 5 yard out, 7 yds.
Offense: 2 WR, Caldwell wide left, Kight wide right, 2 TE, Thomas down off RT, Watson in motion from left wing to right wing/slot standing, Dillon lone RB.
Defense: 4-3, LBs shaded right, both CBs 5 yards off, SS 5 yards off Watson right wing.
Blocking: Light executes a perfect cut block on the DE Abraham wide, sending Abraham to his face and clearing a throwing lane
Mankins stands up the DT Babineaux
Hochstein has the DT Shropshire spin away, so he turns outside to help Mankins
Neal drives a spinning DT Shropshire downfield
Gorin gets driven back and then beat outside by the DE Kerney
Coverage: Thomas drives the SLB Boley downfield before breaking off towards the right flat
Watson takes a short out toward the right flat with the SS Milloy in coverage
Caldwell catches the quick strike in front of his face, and underneath the coverage from the CB J. Williams on the quick out

Analysis: Light did a great job of both clearing an arm-free throwing lane for Brady and also keeping the pocket clean by executing a textbook cut block on Abraham. Brady had a quick drop, Caldwell had a quick route, and the bullet pass was spot-on. If Caldwell had more room to work with before the sideline, he might have had a chance of beating the rookie CB J. Williams, who came up quick on the pass.

2nd and 3 NE 37

Result: Run, Maroney, right tackle, 12 yds.
Offense: Caldwell lone WR wide left, 2 TE, Rasby down off RT, Watson down right wing, I-form backfield with Evans at FB and Maroney at RB.
Defense: 4-3, CB on Caldwell pressure coverage, other CB floating off right wing.
Blocking: Light immediately slants into the second level, where he just misses with a cut block at the SLB Boley, but is successfully able to stop Boley for a good few seconds
Mankins cuts into the DT Shropshire from the left, but Shropshire just keeps on moving through it, where he tries to turn the corner and chase Maroney but slips
Hochstein comes up to meet the MLB Hartwell, but has his legs taken out from behind by a cutting Watson, however Hartwell dives and misses at Maroney
Neal pulls right and drives the CB Hall wide, but Hall eventually breaks free and takes down Maroney after his momentary stop
Gorin turns the DT Babineaux inside before Babineaux cuts downfield, where Gorin cuts into the turf with his feet and falls forward, only managing a quick grasp on Babineaux
Rasby stands up the DE Kerney while Maroney runs through the hole to the right
Watson cuts down the WLB Brooking ahead of the run
Evans lead blocks for Maroney, but bounces off a shoulder from Milloy and falls backward into Maroney, who slips but regains his footing and plows on into Hall, the tackler

Analysis: It was no secret the Pats would be running it with force straight through the Atlanta defense when they brought in Evans and kept both TEs out there. A few good cut blocks and some good drive blocks opened up holes. The only blemish came when Evans got a rock solid shoulder from the SS Milloy, but Evans’ rebound only temporarily slowed Maroney. Showing good ability all along the way, Maroney instantly went from laying sideways on Evans’ stomach to standing up straight and forcing his way through DeAngelo Hall for another 2 or 3 yards.

1st and 10 NE 49

Result: Pass, Faulk, dumpoff right flat, under pressure, 17 yds.
Offense: 3 WR, Kight wide left, T. Brown left slot, Caldwell wide right, TE Watson down off RT, Faulk lone RB.
Defense: 4-2-5 nickel, LBs shaded right, NB 5 yards off Brown in slot, both CBs playing off, SS showing blitz right wing.
Blocking: Light rides the DE Abraham outside but can’t keep up as Abraham gradually beats him
Mankins picks up the DT Shropshire from Hochstein, riding outside
Hochstein hands Shropshire off to Mankins before coming out but getting outran by Faulk downfield after the catch
Neal turns the DT Babineaux into Hochstein’s back before also coming out ahead the screen, but Neal is also unable to get ahead of Faulk to block
Gorin rides the DE Kerney inside
Coverage: Watson drives the WLB Brooking in a quick block about 5 yards downfield before breaking off and looking for other blocks further ahead of the catch
Faulk plays the matador to the blitzing SS Milloy, setting up in a blitz pickup look but then spinning away at the last second, before backpedaling into the flat for the catch and run

Analysis: All of the pass rush was dragged to the left of Brady to open up the right side of the pocket for the real fun to begin. With the right flat wide open for 20 yards downfield, all Faulk had to do was slow the blitzer, look for the pass, and start running. When Faulk suddenly spun out of his blitz pickup position, the blitzer, Milloy, was bracing for contact and thus thrown off-balance, buying Brady enough time to side-step and dump it off to Faulk. Hochstein and Neal gave it their best effort, but both were unable to catch up to block. Watson and Caldwell both had decent downfield blocks to open things up.

1st and 10 Atl 34

Result: Run, Dillon, up the middle, 4 yds.
Offense: 2 WR, Caldwell tight left in motion from wide left, Kight wide right, 2 TE, Rasby down off LT, Watson down left wing, Dillon lone RB.
Defense: 4-3, WLB pressure coverage over Watson, MLB showing blitz, SS comes up into pressure coverage over Caldwell after motion, both CBs 10 yards off.
Blocking: Caldwellkeeps Milloy on the edge
Watson can’t get a good angle on the WLB Brooking, allowing the duo to slide inside and into the running lane
Rasby stands up the DE Abraham before driving him downfield
Light lowers his shoulders straight into the DT Babineaux’s stomach, driving him right and out of the hole
Mankins drives back the blitz from the MLB Hartwell
Neal pulls left and turns around Caldwell on the edge, just to find vacated space
Gorin gets a few knocks on the DE Kerney on the edge, just long enough to keep him out of the backfield

Analysis: Neal could have been better utilized on this play, as his pull just brought him further away from the run and not through a hole or against a defender. Instead, the SLB Boley was free to get a lightning-quick jump on the hole where he, along with the WLB Brooking dragging Watson along, were able to bring down Dillon in his hole.
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2nd and 6 Atl 30

Result: Run, Dillon, left tackle, 3 yds.
PENALTY on NE-S.Neal, Clipping, 15 yards, enforced at ATL 27.
Offense: 2 WR, Caldwell wide left, Kight wide right, TE Watson down off LT, I-form backfield with Evans at FB and Dillon at RB.
Defense: 4-3, DE Abraham and LB Hartwell swap places, with Abraham in pressure coverage over Watson, both CBs 5 yards off.
Blocking: Watson drives the DE Abraham left and out of the hole until Evans tries to double team, at which point Abraham breaks free and makes the stop
Light and Mankins double the MLB Hartwell before Light breaks off to roam the second level
Hochstein gets a great angle on the DT Shropshire, eventually tossing him to the ground
Neal immediately goes into the second level and attempts a cut block at the WLB Brooking, who turns away just in time for the cut is into the back of his legs
Gorin is beat inside by the DT Babineaux, who can only chase the play from behind
Evans tries to double the DE Abraham with Watson instead of coming up through the hole
Caldwell gets a downfield block on the CB Hall ahead of the run

Analysis: The actual run on this play from Dillon went for about 12 yards and what would have been a first down. Dillon, with his lead-blocker Evans going for the wrong hole, showed some burst by leaving Milloy in the dust, and then carrying Abraham for a good 5 yards before he was dragged down. The penalty on Neal was textbook clipping, a penalty less emphasized during the regular season. Brooking, while attempting to evade the incoming cut block from Neal, happened to turn the back of his legs to the cut, which Neal had no choice but to land on.

Note: Bad camera work on a slow zoom-in. Perspective of the play: upper deck. Fortunately, with the penalty, there was a close-up replay.

2nd and 18 Atl 42

Result: Pass, Faulk, flare right flat, under pressure, 0 yds.
Offense: 3 WR, Caldwell wide left, Watson right slot, Kight wide right, TE Thomas down off LT, Faulk lone RB.
Defense: 4-3, SLB 5 yards off Watson, SS 5 yards behind SLB, both CBs 10 yards off.
Blocking: Light rides the DE Abraham outside
Mankins is quickly beat outside by the DT Coleman, so he instead turns around and looks to block for the impending flare out
Hochstein is pushed into the backfield by the DT Shropshire but is able to hold his ground from there
Neal immediately comes out to block for the pass but can’t catch up to the SLB Boley
Gorin attempts a pitiful cut block on the DE Kerney, who simply pursues Faulk right off the catch uncontested, helping to stop him for no gain
Coverage: Thomas evades the DE Abraham off the snap before getting pushed around underneath by the WLB Brooking
Watson goes deep, backing up the SLB only for a second as the play is read quickly
Kight goes deep past the stopped CB Hall, who comes up to help Kerney on the stop

Analysis: Gorin’s “cut block” looked more like a fat man belly flop. Completely mis-timed, all Gorin did was dive to the ground between Kerney and Faulk flaring towards the flat. From there, he tried to roll over and take out Kerney’s knees, but Kerney gave him a quick shove before pursuing Faulk in the flat. By the actions of both Mankins and Neal, who disregarded other rushers to go into the second level and block, it’s obvious the flare was the first priority for the play and Brady. Also, Kight tried to fake Hall into going deep, neglecting the fact that Hall had saw the flare and reacted to the play by stopping and then starting upfield. That should have signaled Kight to engage in a block to stop Hall from being another unblocked red shirt around a helpless Faulk.

3rd and 18 Atl 42

Result: Timeout, New England – 2 remaining in the first half.
Offense: Shotgun 3 WR, Caldwell wide left, Brown left slot, Kight wide right, TE Watson standing left wing, Maroney RB to right of Brady in shotgun.
Defense: 4-2-5 nickel, NB 5 yards off Brown in the slot, both CBs 10 yards off.

Analysis: Brady got up to the line but there wasn’t enough time left on the playclock.
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3rd and 18 ATL 42

Result: Draw, Maroney, up the middle, 27 yds.
Offense Shotgun 3 WR, Caldwell wide left, Brown left slot, Kight wide right, TE Watson standing left wing, RB Maroney to right of Brady in shotgun.
Defense: 4-2-5 nickel, SLB showing blitz left wing, SS pressure coverage over Watson, NB and CB over Kight pressure coverage, CB over Caldwell 10 yards off.
Blocking: Watson drives the SS Milloy downfield
Light stands up the DE Abraham
Mankins drives the DT Shropshire right and out of the hole
Hochstein can’t get an angle on the WLB Brooking, who dives at Maroney but is left in the dust
Neal rides the DT Coleman outside before following his cut back downfield
Gorin rides the DE Kerney outside
Kight gets enough of an angle on the CB J. Williams for Maroney to cut behind it downfield, but quickly loses it as Williams dives and misses at Maroney

Analysis: Maroney would finally be taken down 27 yards after bursting through the hole on the draw by the CB Hall, who was playing well off Caldwell, non-playside. Kight got enough of a block on the other CB J. Williams for Maroney to use it as a roadblock between him and the pursuing FS Crocker, a downfield cut that ensured a first down – and more. Mankins and Light had two great blocks to open up the hole on the draw, while Maroney showed a great burst and speed leaving would-be tacklers in the dust.

1st and 10 Atl 15

Result: Run, Dillon, up the middle, 8 yds.
Offense: 2 WR, Caldwell wide left, Kight wide right, 2 TE, Watson down off LT, Thomas in motion RT to left wing standing, Dillon lone RB.
Defense: 4-3, SS follows Thomas across the line in motion , both CBs 10 yards off.
Blocking: Watson drives the SLB Boley downfield
Thomas comes back inside to smother the penetrating DT Shropshire on the trap
Light turns the DE Abraham outside
Mankins gets a knock on the MLB Hartwell ahead of the run but loses it as Dillon goes by
Hochstein drives the WLB Brooking downfield
Neal turns the DT Coleman outside
Gorin holds the DE Kerney on the edge

Analysis: Great downfield blocks on the trap play, including those on the CBs by Caldwell and Kight. Dillon showed good burst.


That's all I'll get to today. Be back to it on Wednesday.


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