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Fixing Stalled Redzone Drives


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I think we can all agree that we were pleasantly surprised with the way our Offense took it to the Cards. But against Green Bay at Lambeau, our offense cannot afford the amount of stalled drives we had on Sunday if it wants to hang with Aaron Rodgers. Fixing our stalled drives isn't actually as much of a problem when you look in to one key aspect: Personnel Use.

There were two time when Ryan went for a smaller receiver in one-on-one coverage in a jump ball throw. Once to Harry Douglas and once to Devin Hester. Harry and Hester are smaller, speedier receivers and when Ryan usually finds them open, it's in the underneath, shallow routes where they outrun the corner and he hits them in stride. Same thing applies in the Endzone, if Ryan wants to hit them for a TD, he shouldn't be throwing them jump balls.

TLDR:

Leave the Jump balls in single coverage for Julio, Roddy and the TEs. Throw it to HD and Hester on underneath routes in stride.

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Weve bbeen trying to fix this for years, it aint happening when the field shortens, were not talented enough to consistently push into the redzone.

Well last year and for most of this year, we've been having trouble even reaching the red zone. In 2012 this was a problem.

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Quick fix....

Line up in 4 wide. 2 on the right, 2 on the left. Slant Roddy an Julio on the outside, send Douglas on an out route to stall the outside CB who is covering the WR on the outside. Then on the other inside slot send Toilolo on a delayed 5-10 yard post route. We are bound to have at least 2 open everytime. An if all else fails just do a quick pitch to Quiz or Freeman like we used to do with Snelling.

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Ball needs to be thrown better in certain instances. Ball needs to be caught when it hits the receivers' hands in others.

Definitely agree, but we can increase the chances that this will happen by picking better matchups for our guys.

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Dirk isn't calling bad plays. The out to Harry was a missed throw, and the drop by Hester should've been another TD.

They should have been, but they were not. If Ryan had a bigger target, he wouldn't be so scared to fit that ball in on a jump ball, and on the Hester throw, if it were a bigger target, he could more easily outbox the corner. Take advantage of their skill set and hit them in stride and use the bigger guys on those routes.

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They should have been, but they were not. If Ryan had a bigger target, he wouldn't be so scared to fit that ball in on a jump ball, and on the Hester throw, if it were a bigger target, he could more easily outbox the corner. Take advantage of their skill set and hit them in stride and use the bigger guys on those routes.

Hester had his man beat. The pass could have been a bit farther out to make it easier on Hester, but those are the plays the players have to make. You are not going to get wide open play that often. Bigger targets might get different defense play against them also.

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Hester had his man beat. The pass could have been a bit farther out to make it easier on Hester, but those are the plays the players have to make. You are not going to get wide open play that often. Bigger targets might get different defense play against them also.

Hester should of caught that ball, live game it looked like the defender got a hand on it but the replay showed Hester had two clean hands on the ball.

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It's not always as clear as it seems.

Absent a blown call on the Hester return, there isn't even a red zone situation there, and the Falcons would have still overcome it if not for the sideline penalty.

The drive just before halftime was textbook until the OPI on Douglas. The Falcons would have found themselves inside the 10 with three endzone shots and complete control of the clock.

On the other hand, consistently going to Jackson on third and one derives from the old 'a winner should be able to get a yard anytime they need one' mentality, and it's being overplayed. A little more creativity is in order in those situations.

Finally, I'd take Hester out of third down packages for a bigger, more reliable receiver - Drew Davis comes to mind. For whatever it's worth, that suggestion has been made.

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Quick fix....

Line up in 4 wide. 2 on the right, 2 on the left. Slant Roddy an Julio on the outside, send Douglas on an out route to stall the outside CB who is covering the WR on the outside. Then on the other inside slot send Toilolo on a delayed 5-10 yard post route. We are bound to have at least 2 open everytime. An if all else fails just do a quick pitch to Quiz or Freeman like we used to do with Snelling.

Your quick fix might be the best formula I've ever seen for a pick six.

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Matt has to tighten up his accuracy. He has consistently underthrown the go-routes and he rarely hits the receivers perfectly in stride on the slants.

Better accuracy = More Explosive Plays

I don't think he's underthrowing passes...I think he's throwing them late. Not sure what the deal is but he seems a beat or two too slow on those throws.

However, as we make those throws a more present part of the offense, I think you'll see the performance improve.

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