Cosell’s Watching: Too many Pats prove too much for “Multiple” Broncos

Denver Broncos, From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, New England Patriots

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 15 coaching tape: the Patriots Offense vs. the Broncos Defense.

  • First 3rd + long (3rd + 9) the Patriots went 3 WR personnel with Hernandez the only TE, Broncos played “man free” with S Carter; Hernandez 46 yds
  • Ochocinco 33 yd TD resulted from a coverage breakdown, Looked like concept was to double Welker with corner Harris and S Carter but Goodman jumped inside v. Ochocinco and was beaten easily over the top with no help due to Welker double
  • Cannon played significant snaps at RT in the 5 man OL, and he also played as the 6th OL in the 6 man OL

  • Broncos played in their sub-packages on the large majority of the snaps, Nickel LB Woodyard played more than 60 snaps

    Tom Brady looks to throw against the Broncos (AP)

  • Broncos played a lot of man coverage concepts, At times Woodyard jammed Gronkowski from conventional LOS TE position and had some success
  • Broncos also played “Tampa 2” concepts behind both 3 and 4 man rushes in long yardage situations, Showed Brady different looks
  • Hernandez ultimate “Joker” for the Patriots, He aligned all over the formation
  • Broncos got physical with Gronkowski, especially when he was aligned as a LOS TE
  • Brady a lot of quick throws, 3 and 5 step drops; Minimized impact of Miller and Dumervil and Broncos pass rush
  • Patriots very multiple with their formations, especially out of their 2 TE personnel package
  • Ridley a downhill sustainer with quicker feet and better lateral agility than Green-Ellis, Showed natural power to gain yards after contact – He’s not as experienced in critical situations and therefore is a spot player at this point
  • Patriots clearly went after rookie S Carterin the pass game, That’s why it was more of a Hernandez game than a Gronkowski game

    Aaron Hernandez celebrates after catching a TD pass (AP)

  • Broncos a lot of different man coverage looks with different players  for Gronkowski
  • A balanced offensive approach by the Patriots; More runs than we usually see, both out of tight formations and spread formations
  • Broncos busted the coverage on Gronkowski 38 yds on Patriots 4th quarter TD drive
  • This was a very efficient and methodical performance by the Patriots against a multiple Broncos defense
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