Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

Within the first a part of this week’s Movie Room breakdown, I broke down some issues the Packers protection did exceptionally effectively versus the Lions. Half two right here as we speak reveals us that they nonetheless have some points to type out, primarily communication and enjoying the right obligations of their man coverages within the crimson zone. The 2 touchdowns they gave up present the examples.

On the Lions first landing move, they’re operating mesh crossers with a quick movement beneath. The inline tight to the appropriate, Shane Zylstra (No. 84) is the lone crosser to the left from the offense’s proper facet.

The Packers are enjoying a cover-0 protection with a 6-man rush. There’s a “banjo” protection verify in there with security Darnell Savage (No. 26) and linebacker Quay Walker (No. 7). In a banjo name, the innermost defender will take the within launch or receiver who works throughout the sector inside and the outermost defender will take the primary receiver who goes outdoors.

This prevents defenders from getting picked on routes that cross. They only change obligations by studying the discharge and route distribution.

The Lions ship a quick movement throughout and instantly after the snap, Savage communicates a name to Walker to take the within receiver, the tight finish Shane Zylstra. Savage’s accountability is both the operating again or the quick movement tight finish and Walker by no means picks up the crosser by Zylstra, partly as a result of he’s nonetheless watching the operating again. Zylstra blocks down earlier than releasing so Walker stays put because the tight finish releases and will get vast open.

On the subsequent Lions landing drive late within the third quarter and early into the fourth quarter, the protection gave up a vital Third-and-6 at midfield the place a cease would have gotten the protection off the sector and given the offense an opportunity to take the lead trailing simply 8-6.

The Lions are operating a double dig idea name “pivot” or “swiss,” an idea Goff had lots of expertise throwing in Sean McVay’s offense with the Rams. The idea is designed to high-low the sturdy apex/sturdy hook defender with a pivot route beneath a deep “via” route and a dig route behind it.

The protection is in a sub package deal nickel personnel protection enjoying cover-9, which is simply nickel cover-3 with the nickel defender to the passing energy and security rotation away, just like cover-3 buzz.

The nickel defender has the flat. Krys Barnes (No. 51), the sturdy hook defender, ought to take the #2 receiver. The nook reads 2-to-1 for any vertical menace (ought to run with new #1) and Walker, the “3-receiver hook” defender, ought to zone off below the brand new #3 deep throughout.

The bust is probably going on Rasul Douglas, who has the #1 receiver on any vertical right here primarily based on the route distribution for the reason that new #2 receiver is on the quick hook route however it’s powerful in charge him right here for something as a result of the route does not likely go vertical and cuts throughout the sector into the area vacated by Barnes masking the quick hook. Goff hits the small window and the play features 25 yards.

On the identical drive three performs later, the Packers gave up the go-ahead rating on the Lions’ drive idea.

The Lions are operating a drive idea contained in the 5 yard line, designed to benefit from low gap zone defenders or get man protection defenders pressed tight so they don’t surrender area. “Drive” is a deeper dig route excessive of a shallow crossing route.

The Packers are enjoying cover-1 “canine,” a person protection name with a 5-man rush, a zone deep security and man protection in all places else. There seems to be to be some form of banjo name once more right here however it’s much less clear due to how the routes are distributed.

The Lions get to the road fast and snap the ball earlier than the Packers can type out the formation. The routes distribute in order that they mess with the banjo name however Walker appropriately passes off the vertical when he sees the primary receiver minimize inside.

What’s much less clear is what’s what Alexander and Keisean Nixon are doing. Alexander will get misplaced in no-man’s land when the purpose receiver goes vertical, indicating he might need thought Nixon was going to hold him up the seam into the tip zone. His steps appear to point that, making him late to cowl the purpose receiver on the dig.

Extra alarming is that security Darnell Savage (No. 26) bought caught something however the receiver coming throughout on the dig at the back of the tip zone. He jumps excessive after which outdoors because the receiver cuts throughout however there’s nothing to make soar that far over. Goff’s eyes by no means lead him there. He ought to have stayed over the center keying on Goff’s eyes.


What is evident is that busts occurred and defenders didn’t talk clearly, one thing that plagued all three of those performs highlighted above. The protection performed higher total, however they’ve to scrub this up and Joe Barry is the get together finally answerable for all of it to date.

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