Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Football 301: Sacks and Targets - Week 13

A prolific passing day that resulted in a frustrating road loss. Where did Tony go with the ball? And, Who gave up his first sack of the season? Read on...

Target Distribution:

Targets - Week 13 at New York Giants
NameTargetsCatchesYardsFD/TD/INT
Witten16141569/0/0
Austin12101045/1/0
Williams106602/2/0
Jones43131/0/0
Barber5370/0/0
Crayton22242/0/0
Bennett32201/0/0
Phillips1180/0/0
Choice1000/0/0
Totals544139220/3/0

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16 Targets for Witten? Who does he think he is, T.O.? 14 catches? 9 First Downs? Witten is the perfect Tight End for this offense and remains the #1 target for Tony Romo in the crucial spots. And no, Terrell, that is not a bad thing.

Season Target Distribution To Date:
NameTargetsCatches%YardsFD/TD/INT
Witten957276%74437/1/3
Austin855261%93024/8/2
Crayton543055%45114/3/1
Williams703246%50317/6/0
Choice221568%1327/0/0
Bennett271555%1598/0/0
Hurd10660%1253/1/1
Barber241875%1464/0/0
Jones121083%703/0/0
Anderson3133%50/0/
Ogletree44100%583/0/0
Phillips3267%80/0/
Totals40925763%3325127/20/7

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3rd Down Target Distribution:

3RD Down Targets - Week 13 - New York Giants
NameTargetsCatchesYardsFD/TD
Witten54363/0/0
Williams21251/0/0
Austin33172/0/0
Crayton11101/0/0
Bennett1000/0/0
Choice1000/0/0
Totals139787/0/0

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9-13 on 3rd Down with 7 first downs is extremely solid. This game may linger for many reasons, not the least of which being that the Cowboys will seldom get a better road passing effort than that one. Austin and Witten absolutely strong games.

3rd Down Targets - Season Totals
NameTargetsCatches%YardsFD/TD/INT
Crayton171059%1048/0/1
Austin221353%2167/2/0
Witten261973%16611/1/0
Williams20630%1046/0/0
Choice10770%603/0/0
Hurd5240%632/0/0
Bennett5120%151/0/0
Ogletree44100%583/0/0
Barber100%00/0/0
Jones11100%50/0/0
Totals1126356%78441/3/2

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SACKS

Sack #1 -3/7/27 SACK ROUSE - 1Q



What Happened This is relatively new idea in the NFL that I love. Bill Sheridan has all of his defenders in the box standing and not declaring whether they are rushing or covering. Also, they are shuffling around so the offensive line has no idea who is where. They call these guys "jokers" because they can be either a rusher or a cover man, and you don't know which until the snap. It is what makes the OLB in a 3-4 scheme so difficult to deal with sometimes because unlike old school football - where body type often showed you what a player was going to do, now players are morphing positional styles so that we have this versatility. Anyway, once Romo tries to sort through the chaos the Giants are showing, they snap it and then the blitz comes in waves. Only 5 actually come, but the threat of the other guys can be just as dangerous because you still have to account for them. The Cowboys have this blitz pretty well picked up, until Rouse the safety delays and then comes, and he gets Gurode to lose sight for just a second and squeezes by. Romo, usually standing tall in the blitz, looks like he was not thinking of anything besides the blitz, as he falls almost before the rush gets to him at all. This one goes to Gurode.

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Sack #2 - 3/G/9 SACK SINTIM 2Q



What Happened Again, playing on the road and in a loud stadium is all part of the fun of doing this for a living. You really have to be dialed in with 11 guys knowing their assignments. Well, the Cowboys obviously had a mental bust here, and it regards a simple DE end rusher in Clint Sintim. You can afford to occasionally let a DB run free, but if a DE runs free, I have to assume somebody screwed it up. Doug Free blocks down toward Davis, so was he expecting TE help? Witten heads off into route, so I have to assume signals were crossed. Until I figure it out, and I have calls in, I must give this to Doug Free for a mental bust.

UPDATE: After further review (and a call from my trusted man-in-the-know, we may have to take Free off the hook. The idea here is that Free is blocking left like the entire line, so this suggests that they are merely following the orders of their QB to slide left to protect the blitz. Then, Free, if he has 2 choices is coached to get the inside guy, and leave the unblocked guy to the QB. The other consideration is that this is that hated "empty" backfield, and therefore there is no RB to help grab Sintim. All of this suggests this sack is 50% Garrett/50% Romo. Sorry, Doug.

The Rankings so far in Sacks Allowed among the OL: Adams - 6, Davis - 4, Gurode - 3, Colombo - 2, Free - 1, Kosier - 1.


WeekOpponentSackBlame
Wk 1TampaBarberRomo awareness
Wk 3CarolinaDavisAdams?
Wk 3CarolinaBeasonFelix/Colombo
Wk 4DenverDumervilAdams
Wk 4DenverHillGarrett?
Wk 4DenverWilliamsRomo
Wk 4DenverDumervilAnderson
Wk 4DenverHolidayAdams
Wk 5Kansas CityGilberryDavis/Choice
Wk 7Atlanta DeCoudDavis/Choice
Wk 7AtlantaNicholasAnderson
Wk 8SeattleHawthorneColombo
Wk 8SeattleHawthorneGurode
Wk 9Philadelphia ParkerWitten
Wk 9PhiladelphiaBabinKosier
Wk 9PhiladelphiaJones???
Wk 9PhiladelphiaColeAdams
Wk 10Green BayCollinsWitten
Wk 10Green BayBarnettGurode
Wk 10Green BayMatthewsAdams
Wk 10Green BayBarnettBarber
Wk 10Green BayWoodsonAdams
Wk 11WashingtonGriffinDavis
Wk 12OaklandScottDavis
Wk 12OaklandScottFree
Wk 13New YorkRouseGurode
Wk 13New YorkSintimRomo/Garrett

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Archives:

Sacks and Targets - Oakland

Sacks and Targets - Washington

Sacks and Targets - Green Bay

Sacks and Targets - Philadelphia

Sacks and Targets - Seattle

Sacks and Targets - Atlanta

Sacks and Targets - Kansas City

Before Kansas City, the Sacks and Targets were part of the Football 301 posts.

2 comments:

David said...

Hey Bob,

Great stuff.... ummm very in depth...

What I was checking was, with the new DMN partnership (Obviously another DMN vs ESPN/Dallas move), I thought for sure, a smart move would be to not only announce the partnership but also give a taste of the crossover... maybe a link to your excellent blog (or more)... maybe have some of the writers on the air besides Todd... IDK, but obviously you present a written media for them... seems ready to go.

Also, I relly enjoy the breaking down of Garret... any chance or thought to going back and breaking down Landry's offense and his Flex defenses in the same way? Maybe a special occassional thing?

Anyway, good stuff,
Vaya con Dios

Rico said...

bob, i love this blog. if i'll ever marry a blog, well here we go ;-)

just a quick note, your 3rd down season total has an error in either the total INTs or one individual INT is missing.