February 4, 2015

IMMORTAL? THEY'RE BARELY ADEQUATE:

Josh McDaniels Deserves Super Bowl XLIX Co-MVP (Erik Frenz, 2/04/15, Boston.com)

LeGarrette Blount took a lot of crap for his statement that the Seahawks defense was "not immortal," but thanks to some good game-planning by Josh McDaniels, the Patriots proved Blount right.

The game plan focused on an assault against the short area, underneath the soft belly of Cover 3.

The game plan was clear almost immediately, when Amendola caught the second pass of the game and Vereen caught the third. Vereen's catch went for five yards on 3rd-and-2, and took advantage of the space underneath linebacker K.J. Wright's coverage. We've seen this route before, a quick out from the backfield, and this was a perfect situation to use it.

Amendola got one of his receptions in a similar fashion on 2nd-and-8 with 3:38 remaining in the first quarter. He ran underneath a clearing route by Brandon LaFell, and once he got into the soft spot in coverage, Brady let the ball fly. Amendola turned around and caught it, and picked up 10 yards before being run out of bounds.

In total, Amendola and Vereen caught 16 passes for 112 yards, mostly on short routes that got them in favorable matchups and allowed them to catch the ball in stride.

The only way that defense can beat you is if you throw to seams down the middle. Of course, most coaches and qbs have egos that require them to do so.
Posted by at February 4, 2015 5:41 PM
  

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