Each week our own Coach JL will break down a play, stripping it down and showing how the X's and O's truly matter to our sport. If you'd like a play to be given the Coach JL treatment, let us know in the comments. To kick off the first 'Coaches Breakdown' we are going to look at Justin Tuck's key sack in Super Bowl XLVI. Enjoy!
The Situation:The sport of Gridiron is a very simple game: four tries to go ten yards with the ball, and if you do that long enough in a drive you will end up with a touchdown. In order to complete a pass the offense has to protect the QB with their offensive line, this is what we call Passpro (pass protection). On the other side of the ball the defense will try to get pressure on the QB with their Passrush (pass rush).
These two groups of big men play the game within the game, Passpro v Passrush. They might make it look very simple on TV but a lot of detail goes into what these 'Gladiators' do on the field. Below you will find what happens on one crucial down late in the game.
Patriots have the ball on the -20 yard line, right hash, 3rd and 10, 4th quarter, 48 seconds on the clock. The Giants lead the Patriots by 4 points 21-17. The Patriots spread the field with Ace personnel, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1RB, Hernandez is detached, Brady is in shotgun position.
The Giants match the offensive personnel with their defensive Nickel package. In this personnel grouping they replace a LB for an extra defensive back (5). The Giants defense plays a variation of the Tampa 2 defense.
The Giants also play with their regular four man front and have their Nascar package on the field. #72 Umenyiora and #90 Pierre-Paul at DE, #94 Kiwanuka, #91 Tuck at DT, all four are actually defensive ends.
As the center snaps the ball we see the Patriots OL slide their pass protection to their right side and the RB releases to the left of the formation.
As the receivers run down field and the defense drops into their zone coverage the Giants run a Tex game with the two defensive tackles in the middle.
The two defensive ends on the outside execute a contain rush on the QB from the outside in. In a Tex game there is one penetrator and one looper, in this case #94 Kiwannuka is the penetrator and he works into OC #63 Connolly and crosses his face. As Kiwanuka penetrates and crosses the face of the center he also crosses the face of a guard and ends up rushing the B-gap.
Connolly could pass him off to the right guard, #54 Waters, so that he could help the left Guard #70 Mankins with the looper #91 Tuck.
The RG and center stay on #94 and the LG is on his own against Tuck, he over-sets, is top heavy and Tuck beats him to the inside. Brady has to step up into the pocket because both DEs do a great job containing the rush and this leads him straight into the arms of Tuck.
This results in a sack for a 6 yard loss.http://youtu.be/iWXCQOEyQyE
Add in the perfect execution of the play and that that should do the trick! Effort is always needed but it's the perfect execution of the play leads to the result...
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