Friday, December 27, 2013

Kiffin Report - Week 16 - At Washington


WEEK 16 At Washington

First, a reminder of what a splash play is: 

What is a splash play? Well, for purposes of this blog I believe a splash play will include the following: A sack, a pressure that forces a bad throw, and big hit on the QB, and a batted ball that may lead to an interception opportunity. Again, you can see how this leads to subjectivity, but a subjective breakdown is better than no breakdown at all, I have decided. In addition, a splash play will include tackles for loss, a big hit for a short gain, or a stop which is an open field tackle where a player is pulled down on 3rd down short of the marker because of an exceptional effort from a defender. An interception is clearly a splash play, but so is a defended pass that required a great effort. A major hit in the secondary could be a splash play, but I believe that the outcome of the play will determine that. Sorry, defensive backs, but standing over a guy who just caught a 15 yard pass because you think you hit him hard will not generally pass the test on this blog. So, stop doing it. 
I am trying to be careful about handing out too many splash plays per game. I am trying to be picky, but too extreme in either direction. When I log a splash play, I will put time of the game on the chart so that if you want to review the same game and challenge my ruling, you are welcome to do so. Also, if multiple players deserve recognition on a single play, we will try to see that as well. 
Basically, we are trying to assign a value to making plays on the defense. We don't want to just see sacks and interceptions. We want to see broader definitions of splash plays to assign credit to those who help the Cowboys get off the field in important situations. These rankings will not deduct for negative plays at this point. There are simply too many occasions where we are guessing, and for now, I want to avoid that for this particular idea.  
A splash play is a play that makes a major difference in the game. And by keeping it all season long, we will see which defenders are play makers and which are simply warm bodies. We already have our thoughts on both categories, but let's see if we can dig a bit deeper and actually have numbers to back up our claims.

1-14:482/10/O24SelvieTackle For Loss
1-9:522/10/D42SelvieQB Hit
1-6:261/10/D25HaydenRun Stuff
2-12:371/10/D45HaydenRun Stuff
2-2:362/8/O35HatcherRun Stuff
2-1:351/10/D28HeathHeavy QB Pressure
3-13:291/10/D33ChurchBig Tackle
3-9:182/G/D8CarrPass Defended
3-1:152/7/D32SelvieTackle For Loss
4-6:002/10/O22CarterRun Stuff
4-4:381/10/O38Hayden/SelvieRun Stuff
4-3:533/6/O41ScandrickPass Defended


Here are the final results for 2011 and here are the final results for 2012.

DE George Selvie25.5
LB Sean Lee22.5
DT Jason Hatcher       21.5
CB Brandon Carr20.5
S Barry Church19.5
DE DeMarcus Ware16.5
CB Orlando Scandrick16
LB Bruce Carter15
DE Kyle Wilber 11
DT Nick Hayden11
S Jeff Heath  8
DT Drake Nevis7.5
CB Morris Claiborne7
LB Justin Durant5.5
DE Jarius Wynn 5
S Will Allen3.5
DE Edgar Jones3
DE Everette Brown3
CB Sterling Moore3
S JJ Wilcox2
LB Ernie Sims1.5         
CB BW Webb1.5          
DT Marvin Austin       1            
DE Caesar Rayford 1
Team Totals                      231.5

Pass Rush/Blitzing REPORT

This segment of the defensive study is simply to find out how well the Cowboys are doing at getting pressure on the opposing QB.  We have spent a good part of the offseason talking about Monte Kiffin's philosophy that, like so many of the great 4-3 schemes, is based on using blitz as a weapon, not a necessity.  If you use the blitz as an ambush weapon that is always threatened but only used at the perfect times, you can often get free runs at the QB.  If, on the other hand, you must use the blitz because your normal pressure is not getting it done, then the offense usually is waiting for you and prepared - so even 6 rushers don't accomplish much.


2-11:173/2/D37Cousins to Garcon, +285
2-2:003/9/O34Cousins to Garcon, +264


2-0:553/10/D28Heath Interception4


Red (Incomplete), Black (Interception), Blue (Complete), and Yellow (Touchdown)

Pass Rushers Against Washington - 39 pass rush/blitz situations:

Pass Rushers3 Rush4 Rush5 Rush6 Rush
Short (0-5 Yds To Go)0000
Second Level (5-10 Yds To Go)0811
Open Field (10+ Yds To Go)0100

Pass Rushers3 Rush4 Rush5 Rush6 Rush
Short (0-5 Yds To Go)0100
Second Level (5-10 Yds To Go)0820
Open Field (10+ Yds To Go)0110

Pass Rushers3 Rush4 Rush5 Rush6 Rush
Short (0-5 Yds To Go)1010
Second Level (5-10 Yds To Go)0503
Open Field (10+ Yds To Go)1110

Pass Rushers3 Rush4 Rush5 Rush6 Rush
Short (0-5 Yds To Go)0000
Second Level (5-10 Yds To Go)0010
Open Field (10+ Yds To Go)0000

7 Rush (Second Level) - 1

And, here are the full season numbers to date:

Pass Rushers3 Rush4 Rush5 Rush6 Rush7
1st Down10 - 3%211 - 79%34 - 12%10 - 3%0
2nd Down7 - 3%166 - 84%20 - 10%3 -
3rd Down11 - 6%103 - 61%27 - 16%24 - 14%2 - 1%
4th Down1 - 7% 9 - 69%2 -
01 -
Totals29 - 4%489 - 76%83 - 12%37 - 5%
3 - 1%

The game by game pressure numbers sent by the Cowboys:

Wk 1 - NYG: 7/49 - 14%
Wk 2 - KC:   10/43 - 23%
Wk 3 - STL: 11/57 - 19%
Wk 4 - SD:  4/43 - 9%
Wk 5 - DEN: 6/42 - 14%
Wk 6 - WAS: 8/45 - 18%
Wk 7 - PHI:  10/51 - 19%
Wk 8 - DET: 8/49 - 16%
Wk 9 - MIN: 11/41 - 27%
Wk10- NO: 8/43 - 19%
Wk11 - NY: 6/33 - 18%
Wk12 - OAK: 11/29 - 38%
Wk13 - CHI 6/39 - 15%
Wk14 - GB 10/41 - 24%
Wk15 - WAS: 12/39 - 31%

2013 Totals:  128/644 - 19.8%
2012 Totals:  134/551 - 24.3%


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