Like we did last year before it became fashionable, we’ll take a seat each week in our very own WFNY Browns film room and break down a little tape from the game, with a specific focus. Do enjoy.
The Browns created 8 turnovers in a win over the Steelers. There are 100 things we could look at, but today I want to focus on just one play. Trent Richardson’s touchdown run was very nice, but we’ve looked at his runs a lot in the film room. Josh Gordon’s effort to get a first down was awesome, but it was all effort and not much to break down.
There was a pass to Ben Watson on a third and eight that went for twenty yards and a big first down in Pittsburgh territory. The drive ended in a field goal, which wouldn’t have happened without Watson’s catch. Let’s take a look.
Third and eight. Ben Watson is lined up as the TE on the right side of the line. Jordan Cameron is lined up in the wingback position behind Watson. Greg Little is the wide out on the same side at the top of the screen. Richardson is the lone back. The Steelers are going to send a backer, bringing 5 rushers on the play.
At the snap we see Ben Watson gets a free release off the line. Cameron is going to chip the DE before passing him off to Schwartz and heading to the flat. Little begins a vertical pattern with the CB giving him all kinds of cushion without help up top. Weeden is going to fake a hand-off to Richardson. (Which is kind of ridiculous in this situation.)
Here we see Cameron’s release to the flats. This is a big part of why the play is successful. Watson is about to make his break to the outside. He is being covered by an inside LB and a DB in this shot, but the defender on his outside facing the line of scrimmage is going to peel off to cover Cameron. Richardson is going to try to help pick up the blitz, but he doesn’t do a good job of that on this play.
Here’s the coaches film view. Little on the top of the screen is pushing vertical opening a space underneath. Watson is going to break to the outside with a LB in coverage. This is a great match-up for the Browns. Cameron is underneath pulling the extra defensive back away from the space Watson is running to. Gordon is running a come back route at the bottom of the screen, keeping the safety in the middle of the field.
There we see Watson’s break and the release of the ball. The timing here was very good, as Weeden is about to get popped by the blitzing LB.
The pass wasn’t good, but Watson was able to get to it.
It really was a great catch, and a well designed and executed play that worked great against the defense the Steelers had on.
As the internet would say- more of this please.
Until next week…