Without a doubt, the most oft-requested features I've done around here are the video rewinds. Readers who arrive during the summer think it's all number-crunching, but that's just because there aren't any games to analyze.
Unfortunately, the video rewinds are also the most labor-intensive thing I do. It takes hours and hours to re-watch the game, cut up the videos and write up what I saw. I'm not complaining. They're lots of fun to do. But as long as I'm squeezing this blog around a full-time job and family life, I can't promise they'll be every week or always the same length.
I still don't even have my transferring-videos-from-TV-to-computer equipment set up at the new house, but reader "Matt B." offered to shoot me some videos if I told him what I wanted. I warned him about making offers like that, but he said go ahead ... so today's four vids represent the first micro-rewind of the season.
Todd Herremans the beast -- I know many of you don't share my sanguine assessment of our current offensive line situation -- and we'll know soon enough who's right -- but I defy you to watch this first clip without getting all tingly inside.
Here's the play diagram. Note the unbalanced line, the fun blocks in blue, and the defense that looks for all the world like it's intended to keep Vick in the pocket and take away the deep ball (you can't even see the safeties).
And the video (HD version available if you go to the YouTube page:
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The evolving defense. I'm not going to draw up the next play because it's a blitz we've seen many times before -- two backside blitzers come from the second level and the strongside end drops into coverage.
What makes it interesting, though, is what happens immediatley pre-snap. Three defensive linemen stand up and do that mill around thing that throws off blocking assignments and muddles the offensive linemen's reads. And the LDE is Teo, one of the 72 DE/LB hybrids we brought in this summer in the hopes that their versatility would allow us to do pretty much exactly this.
Also, good closing ability by Nate Allen:
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The joys of young quarterbacks. File the last two videos under the category of "aren't young QBs fun."
Here's the first one, a run audible by Kolb. Note the left side of the line not getting the message:
And the second one, in which Kolb brings the spy into play by ditching a reasonably good pocket facing only a three-man rush: