DeCoud: This is how you play the deep middle of the field

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DeCoud: This is how you play the deep middle of the field

Postby Pudge » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:37 am

NFP's Matt Bowen breaks down DeCoud's INT vs. the Saints.

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/All ... field.html


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We talk about “single high safety defenses” all of the time (Cover 1, Cover 3, Zone Pressure, etc.) from a playbook perspective, but how often do we focus on the technique of the FS in the deep middle of the field? Let’s go back to Thomas DeCoud’s INT vs. Drew Brees in the Falcons win over the Saints last Thursday night and check out the safety’s footwork, angle and depth.

Check out the All-22 cut-ups and then we will get into some coaching points…

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- The Saints have their Regular personnel (2WRs-1TE-2RB) in the huddle with the ball in prime field position to take a shot at the end zone. Align both WRs in reduced splits (inside of the numbers) and run two vertical concepts (quick “Dino” stems) off of closed (strong) side run action to test the top of the secondary.

- Cover 3 from Atlanta. The safeties will show high (Cover 4 look) with the SS dropping to the closed side curl-flat drop and DeCoud rolling to the deep middle of the field at the snap. On the outside, both CBs will carry No.1 vertical and play with an outside shade down the field using their safety help.

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- If you are going to disguise a look in the secondary and roll to the deep middle of the field your technique has to be sound. Here, DeCoud opens his hips (called an “open angle” technique) and gains depth with speed until he can square his shoulders to Brees. Now he is in position to overlap both vertical routes.

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- Read the QB’s shoulders and break on the throw with an angle that allows you to make a play on the ball. That’s what the Falcons get here from DeCoud.

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- We see the finish on the highlights in the post-game show, but this INT for DeCoud started at the snap with his technique: open the hips, roll to the middle of the field, gain depth, read the QB and break on the throw. That's pro technique.

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Re: DeCoud: This is how you play the deep middle of the fiel

Postby takeitdown » Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:30 pm

Yeah, that was good safety play. It also shows how hard it is to play D if you don't get the QB off his spot. Even with textbook play, that's a TD if thrown a couple yards deeper (or a touch earlier). Your goal isn't to make there be no possible completion. Your goal is to make the QB be perfect in order to complete the ball, and hope your DL prevents him from being able to be.
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Re: DeCoud: This is how you play the deep middle of the fiel

Postby samedi » Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:13 pm

Is there a better safety tandem out there this year?

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Re: DeCoud: This is how you play the deep middle of the fiel

Postby Pudge » Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:42 pm

From a production standpoint, their 9 INTs will get them that billing. Although some might say the Texans pair (Danieal Manning & Glover Quin) have been better. They have only 4 combined INTs, but 19 PDs, while our pair have about 15.

But regardless, they're up there.
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Re: DeCoud: This is how you play the deep middle of the fiel

Postby Cyril » Sat Dec 08, 2012 10:51 pm

And their play has been so important!! The one thing I knew this year was we were going to have to have some pleasant surprises on defense, and these two safeties have provided that.....

I can't find my info but I have been real pleased with our second string
corner, and although many will perhaps dislike him for years, I actually think Chris Owens is doing well when he's been in there.
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