Since there is not a ton of news at this time of year… I have been watching some film and games from 2020 to learn more about some of our new players and coaches.
In another thread here there has been a little discussion about well Lynn (OC) and Glenn (DC) will call plays… plus I have highlighted a few plays recently that shows McVay was not a perfect play caller for Goff as well.
Gregg Williams got fired as the Jets DC after he called a zero coverage against the Raiders… which led to an unlikely game-winning bomb to Henry Ruggs. That seems like the obvious choice for #1 bad play call of the year.
Also sitting here watching a game on NFL network (Raiders vs. Dolphins) that I watched already once during the year… and I knew the Raiders blew it late in the game. I just didn’t realize how bad the defensive call was that allowed the Dolphins to win the game.
The Raiders chose to NOT score a TD when they had the ball, perhaps afraid to resemble the Falcons loss after Gurley accidentally fell into the endzone against the Lions. They settled for a FG, giving them onlya 2 point lead with 19 seconds left. But… the Dolphins had zero TOs left. Just tackle 1 guy in bounds and the clock runs.
So what does the DC call?
Drop 8 in coverage? Nah.
Cover 4? Nope.
Surely they would cover the sidelines to force a throw in middle of field? eh… maybe not.
They run a cover 2 zone with 3 short zone defenders inside the numbers!
Miami needs 35 yards to get even a 57 yard FG attempt… and the Raiders have 5 guys playing underneath coverage in an old Tampa 2 look.
And there is Mack Hollins running free to make the catch that would result in an embarassing loss for Gruden… right in his TURKEY HOLE.
They ran a defensive coverage that has a weakness of giving up plays down the sidelines!
When I saw that coverage… I just couldn’t resist this post!!!
For anyone that needs a little refresher on Gruden and his ridiculous comments…
ESPN did a disservice to viewers with Jon Gruden’s “turkey hole”
Posted by Michael David Smith on November 7, 2017, 3:22 PM EST
If ESPN wonders why last night’s ratings were so bad, perhaps it should examine how many people turned off the TV after the fifth time Jon Gruden said the words, “turkey hole.”
An embarrassingly bad segment of ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast started when Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford made a nice throw downfield, finding a receiver in the Packers’ secondary. At first, Gruden appeared to simply be analyzing the play.
“Watch Stafford fit the ball in the hole between the corner and the safety,” Gruden said. “I call that the turkey hole. Don’t ask me why.”
I just love the irony on this play!
Feel free to share some more plays that make you scratch your head a bit.