Cosell’s Watching: Erratic Stafford Poised at the End

Detroit Lions, From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, Oakland Raiders

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 15 coaching tape: the Lions offense vs. the Raiders defense.

  • MLB McClain not a very good athlete; Change of direction and range are significant issues, A stiff and upright player – I have always been surprised that he plays in the sub-packages
  • Raiders predominantly played nickel when Scheffler was on the field with Pettigrew, They treated Scheffler as a WR
  • Wimbley plays DE in the 4 man sub-package DL, He’s the Raiders best pure pass rusher

  • Raiders at times on 3rddown doubled Johnson with a corner and a safety, They got to it different ways to change the looks for both Johnson and Stafford

    Calvin Johnson catches a TD pass in front of Matt Giordano (AP)

  • Johnson 51 yd TD featured tight motion by Johnson, Vertical seam route got him matched on S Mitchell, Mitchell could not allow Johnson to get over the top of him and he did – A shot play with 6 man protection and chip release by TE Heller
  • Lions utilized Johnson in motion more in this game, plus aligned him in the slot at times; Less static formations to put more pressure on the defense – Also a good tactic v. Raiders man coverage
  • Seymour still has outstanding strength with his hands, Understands leverage – A powerful man
  • Raiders at times played with 7 DB, S Boyd and CB Van Dyke were the extra DB
  • Burleson 39 yd TD was a great seam throw by Stafford off shotgun “power” play action
  • Raiders increased blitz frequency as the game progressed, Branch utilized extensively as a slot blitzer; Also more dime and 7 DB sub-packages
  • Stafford remained erratic with his accuracy,Still missed too many throws that were there – Must become more consistent to become a more dependable and less unpredictable week-to-week QB

    Matthew Stafford (AP)

  • Curry fumble recovery TD was on Stafford, He had Johnson wide open on out route on progression side and did not pull the trigger – Ball should have out long before Kelly caused the fumble
  • Stafford very poised on the final 2 series, Made some excellent throws under pressure – What stood out was his arm strength, Ball came out with velocity
  • Raiders mixed man and zone coverage concepts on the final 2 drives, They played snaps of “Tampa 2” which they do not play well
  • S Boyd a very poor play on Johnson 48 yds on winning TD drive, It was “Tampa 2” and Boyd could not let Johnson get over the top of him – A total breakdown in coverage responsibility in a critical situation
  • Great throw by Stafford on Johnson 6 yd winning TD, Johnson in the slot with Routt on him man-to-man with no help over the top – Either a poorly designed tight red zone coverage or a coverage breakdown

Later today:

More of Greg’s notes from the Week 15 Coaching Tape.

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