Reel Film Week 16 Preview

The Reel Film Week 16 Preview is Mark Schofield’s look at the most compelling matchups in the NFL on tape. Scouring the film, highlighting interesting play design, optimum offense, innovative defense and how the inches really matter. This week brings divisional battles featuring #PHIvsWAS and #ATLvsNO, along with games between playoff contenders in #KCvsPIT and…

Defensive Play of the Week: Chandler Jones Puts the Hammer Down

Joe Cullen, a UMass grad and Tampa Bay’s defensive line coach, once said that “the greatest play in defensive football is the sack-forced fumble.” Also called a strip-sack, it can leave the opponents’ signal caller in a crumpled heap, exposing their offensive linemen as unworthy protectors. Part home invasion and part smash-and-grab, it happens in…

Throwing Against Cover 2

In September of last year, Andy Benoit with MMQB.com wrote a piece that declared “The Cover 2 is dying.” Well worth the read, Benoit outlined how the rise of 3-WR formations (and 11 personnel) coupled with more sophisticated quarterback play has exposed the flaws in this coverage scheme. Benoit illustrated how teams have shifted to…

Kickoff Coverage 101 – Stay In Your ****ing Lanes: The Miami Dolphins Story

Some of the most important, game-changing plays in the NFL and college football take place on special teams. Kick returns, punt returns, blocked kicks, the audacious fake punt return – these plays are often the difference between winning and losing. Previously we detailed the abomination that was the Patriots’ punt attempt after their first series…