Cosell’s Watching: Vick Struggled, Miami D all about Pressure

From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of the coaching tape of Week 14: Eagles offense versus the Dolphins defense.

  • Vick continues to play with a lack of the fundamental discipline that defines high level QB play – Consistent high level QB play is a craft that demands precision and repetitive execution
  • RT Herremans has not played well over the last month, He has particularly struggled in pass protection
  • What stood out immediately was Dolphins pressure concepts featured 3rd level defenders, corners and safeties

  • What Vick still struggles with is his drop, Tendency to drift off the midline and move into pressure – That does 2 things: Increases difficulty of throws since there are more bodies around him, and also forces him to move and disrupt the timing of the pass game

    Michael Vick (AP)

  • Vick again exhibited tendency to read the rush, Can’t do that – Must feel the rush but never drop your eyes and see it
  • Eagles OL struggled, A number of players had problems both run blocking and pass protecting
  • C Kelce continued to struggle with odd fronts, when a DT was aligned directly over him
  • As the game progressed the Dolphins matched up to Eagles base personnel with their base 3-4
  • McCoy 26 yds off throw back pass was a well designed play, It was misdirection and deception off play action boot
  • McCoy 1 yd TD featured 6 OL, 2 TE and 2 RB – Commitment to run in the tight red zone
  • Dolphins very cool concept on S Jones deep red zone sack in the 2nd quarter: Overload blitz out of nickel with Jones and Bell coming off the edge, 5 man rush with “man free” behind it – LB Dansby was the single deep safety
  • Dolphins DL did a lot of moving right at the snap of the ball, Caused a lot of problems for the Eagles OL – Too much quick penetration in the run game
  • Jackson 34 yd TD was great design v. “cover 2”, Stretch run action out of “12” personnel, Jackson screaming at S Bell on the back side in a mismatch
  • The interior 3 on the Eagles OL struggled in the run game, Kelce and Watkins particularly struggled
  • Smith interception resulted from double edge blitz pressure out of nickel, Vick left the pocket and lost his downfield focus – A poor throw across his body
  • Dolphins defensive foundation was pressure from all levels and predominant man coverage concepts ; Miami challenged them with pressure and coverage and for the most won

    Koa Misi blocks a pass thrown by Michael Vick (AP)

  • Vick tendency to move up in the pocket into pressure, Leaves some throws on the field because of that
  • Eagles have tendency to call too many shot plays in pass game, Not enough sustaining plays with shorter drops and quicker defined throws
  • One play in the 4th quarter was a snapshot of Vick, 3rd + 11 with 9:23 remaining: Vick with no pressure never planted his back foot, He broke down immediately; Cooper wide open on 12 yd in-breaker but Vick had already left the pocket – Play ended with Vick taking a needless vicious hit
  • Overall the Eagles offense made a few plays but was inconsistent and erratic, They were overmatched in the run game – McCoy needs space, Not a power runner that grinds out yards

Later today…the rest of Greg’s notes on Phila vs. Miami: The Eagles defense against the Dolphins offense.

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