Cosell’s Watching: Raiders Curry & Branch Jump off the Film

From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 16 coaching tape: the Raiders defense vs. the Chiefs offense.

  • Raiders defense not very strong up the middle, McClain an average MLB and Giordano not what you want athletically at the FS position
  • Raiders again played significant snaps of dime; Branch played his usual slot corner, Mitchell played hybrid safety/LB position, Sheppard came inside and Van Dyke played outside
  • Curry continued to show up on film with his athleticism and movement, Excellent range
  • Orton a bad red zone interception on the play after Bowe dropped a TD; Orton did not see Giordano sitting in the middle of the end zone, Have to see that before delivering the ball

      • Raiders predominantly matched Routt on Bowe and Routt played a lot of press
      • McCluster more and more a part of Chiefs offense, He’s utilized in different positions as both a runner and receiver
      • Bowe dropped a TD on a great throw by Orton on a skinny post from the 13 yd line, Orton stuck the throw into a tight window v. excellent man coverage by Routt
      • DB Mitchell a very versatile player in the Raiders sub-package defenses; He aligns at safety, LB, at times has been utilized as a blitzer off the edge – He plays 40+ snaps per game
      • Copper 43 yds was a great job by Orton; It was play action boot with a designed throw back to TE Pope, That was taken away so Orton looked to Copper on the deep cross v. S Giordano – Copper was just running a clear route
    • Orton a little erratic in this game, He missed some routine throws that you have to make
    • Branch stands out on film every time I watch the Raiders defense, Plays safety in the base defense and slot corner in the sub-packages – Has shown ability to be effective blitzer off the slot
    • OT Maneri utilized as a 3rd TE on a number of snaps, At times used to run routes
    • Chiefs had some success in the pass game out of tight bunch formations, Excellent tactic v. Raiders predominant man coverage schemes
    • Routt excellent interception in man coverage v. Bowe in the 4th quarter, Bowe took his in-breaking route upfield and allowed Routt to undercut him – It’s a ball Orton has to throw, He trusted Bowe to win
  • Sheppard has become an every down player for the Raiders, Plays outside in the base defense and inside in the dime sub-package
  • Chiefs effective use of “wam” concept in the run game, Utilized it primarily with Jones as the runner
  • Chiefs did not convert 4th + 1 in the 4th quarter, Battle did not get it
  • Bowe 25 yds that set up blocked FG was a big time throw by Orton under back side pressure from Wimbley, Routt man-to-man on Bowe
  • Orton 2 great throws to set up winning FG in regulation, Excellent clutch throws

Later today, more of Greg’s notes from Week 16: 49ers vs. Seahawks

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