Cosell’s Watching: Not one of Brady’s Better Games

From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of the coaching tape of Week 14: Patriots offense vs. Redskins defense.

  • Patriots 1st possession featured 4 snaps of empty, Redskins brought pressure on every play
  • Redskins game plan challenged Patriots offense, featured a lot of man coverage and blitz pressure
  • Redskins matched S Gomes man-to-man on Gronkowski at times, Gronkowski 49 yds + 11 yd TD both came in one-on-one matchups with Gomes

  • Redskins played both base 3-4 and nickel to the Patriots “12” personnel, What was interesting was the Redskins played nickel at times when the Patriots had 6 OL on the field
  • Patriots mixed in the no huddle and at times caught the Redskins unprepared
  • Patriots only played with a 3rdWR on 15 snaps, Underwood 11 plays and Ochocinco 4 plays

    Rob Gronkowski is tackled by Josh Wilson (AP)

  • Brady was not sharp throwing the ball and he also missed some things mentally; Through the 1st half it was not one of his better games, In fact it was one of his worst
  • Brady inaccurate throw to wide open Gronkowski from 5 yd line, My sense was the Redskins blew the coverage – LB Riley clearly allowed Gronkowski free access to the inside
  • Empty out of “12” personnel was a significant part of the Patriots offense – Woodhead was primarily the back
  • Redskins played nickel on almost every snap beginning in the 1st quarter
  • Brady continued to miss routine throws in the 2nd half, Overthrew open Gronkowski v. LB Fletcher on seam route in the 3rd quarter
  • Gronkowski 37 yd TD on 3rd + 12 came against “cover zero blitz”, Redskins matched Kerrrigan on Gronkowski
  • Patriots success with no huddle on Welker 24 yd TD drive in the 3rd quarter – Welker 24 yd TD result of Brady pocket movement, He extended the play allowing Welker to beat Hall
  • LT Light a very solid game in pass protection matched against Orakpo
  • Wilson excellent interception in the end zone in the 4th quarter, Wilson undercut Underwood taking away Brady’s passing window
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