2019 Belichick Breakdowns

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i did not know until seeing this that Collins beat a double team for his sack (he got credit for a half sack). He is having a heck of a start to the season. His run straight to the locker room after his game ending INT was a nice touch.
 

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Shouldnt have that been a Safety when Collins interecepted the pass goes down, is not touched, Gets up and runs to the locker room crossing the OOB from the end zone?
 

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Ok, I figured as much but wasnt sure. He jumps up and the Dolphins kinda react but then everyone kinda gives up kinda stands around so I figured a whistle blew. I did keep waiting for him to hand the ball to a ref to make it "official".
 

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Ok, I figured as much but wasnt sure. He jumps up and the Dolphins kinda react but then everyone kinda gives up kinda stands around so I figured a whistle blew. I did keep waiting for him to hand the ball to a ref to make it "official".
Watch Rodney Harrison's game sealing INT in the first Pats-Eagles SB. He makes the pick, drops to a knee, gets up, does the "Fly Eagles Fly" routine, and drops the ball, all without being touched. It was a 3 point game so if he doesn't take the knee there, that game could have a VERY different ending.
 

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What happened to the Jets player that was covering Slater on the punt? He just kind of wanders off the field, totally gave up on the play while the ball was still in the air. Not a good career move.
 

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Thought we would see the Izzo catch on this installment.
I would say in general, Belichick prefers to highlight the work of his players rather than that of his coaches - particularly unheralded work, like John Simon setting the edge or Slater's work here tracking the man and ball. Though there was good stuff to point out on the Izzo catch - Evan Lazar noted that Sony stoned Jamal Adams on the blitz, which is nice work for someone who hasn't factored on third down so far in his career.
 

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I would say in general, Belichick prefers to highlight the work of his players rather than that of his coaches - particularly unheralded work, like John Simon setting the edge or Slater's work here tracking the man and ball. Though there was good stuff to point out on the Izzo catch - Evan Lazar noted that Sony stoned Jamal Adams on the blitz, which is nice work for someone who hasn't factored on third down so far in his career.
I’ve heard or seen several breakdowns of that play most notably from Mark Schofield; just wanted to see what BB would have said about it.
 

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Great block by Edelman on the Bolden TD. Kyle Van Noy and Jaime Collins are holy terrors on defense. They are both really fun to watch.
 

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How does Buffalo not adjust on that blocked punt.
They were outnumbered inside and the gunners were uncovered, seems they should have brought in the gunners to give themselves a chance.
 

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How does Buffalo not adjust on that blocked punt.
They were outnumbered inside and the gunners were uncovered, seems they should have brought in the gunners to give themselves a chance.
I guess you just assume you can cut-block or preserve enough space for enough time to allow the punt to get away. Ordinarily someone lined up as far outside as Jackson wouldn't have a chance to get that far inside the (retreating) circle and/or would get moved off his straight line to the punter by the adjacent, blocked rusher. Jackson was just exceptionally fast getting off the line, the left-most blocker didn't hedge really at all, and the personal protectors were in a useless position.

They only needed another tenth of a second there, if that. So I'm not sure they even needed to bring anyone else back to block, just reconfigure a little more intelligently.
 

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Or just throw the ball to one of the wide open guys.?
I think the punter normally assumes the blockers can give him enough time even if the presnap formations show a rush. The chances of the punter being able to go from a kicking mindset to a throwing mindset on a play that was not designed to be a fake, and then be able to connect with one of the gunners who may or may not be looking for a pass, seem fairly slim. Even a shanked punt in that field position is better than an incomplete pass.
 

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Or maybe the punter can't throw well - the Pats would know.
There's a reason they're punters and not quarterbacks. And when punters do throw the ball, it's normally on a designed play, not a change up. And it's not easy for the gunners, who are probably thinking they can get down there to pressure the return man or perhaps down the punt deep, to suddenly stop what they are doing in the hopes of catching a pass that may never come their way.

Jackson made a great move to get his hand on the ball. The punter did nothing wrong. A shank is better than an incomplete pass or a fumble in that situation, both of which would be far more likely than a block, which is a rare occurrence.
 

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There's a reason they're punters and not quarterbacks. And when punters do throw the ball, it's normally on a designed play, not a change up. And it's not easy for the gunners, who are probably thinking they can get down there to pressure the return man or perhaps down the punt deep, to suddenly stop what they are doing in the hopes of catching a pass that may never come their way.

Jackson made a great move to get his hand on the ball. The punter did nothing wrong. A shank is better than an incomplete pass or a fumble in that situation, both of which would be far more likely than a block, which is a rare occurrence.
He sure did. The guy on the other side (Slater?) had the same open path to the ball, and didn't get within a yard or two. JC got to the block point really, really fast
 

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I guess you just assume you can cut-block or preserve enough space for enough time to allow the punt to get away. Ordinarily someone lined up as far outside as Jackson wouldn't have a chance to get that far inside the (retreating) circle and/or would get moved off his straight line to the punter by the adjacent, blocked rusher. Jackson was just exceptionally fast getting off the line, the left-most blocker didn't hedge really at all, and the personal protectors were in a useless position.

They only needed another tenth of a second there, if that. So I'm not sure they even needed to bring anyone else back to block, just reconfigure a little more intelligently.
You probably also don't assume a low snap that helps to buy time for the rush to get to your punter.
 

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TB easily could have been sacked on the TD throw to Bolden. I did not notice in real time his side step to avoid the sack and make the throw.

Great blocks by Izzo and Gordon on Sony’s 25 yard pickup.

The Patriots’ secondary coverage skills are outstanding.
 

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TB easily could have been sacked on the TD throw to Bolden. I did not notice in real time his side step to avoid the sack and make the throw.

Great blocks by Izzo and Gordon on Sony’s 25 yard pickup.

The Patriots’ secondary coverage skills are outstanding.
Hightower and Bennett “meet you at the quarterback.” Such symmetry.
 

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BB always sounds giddy watching his defense the last two plays, although McCoy seems to miss the open TE over the middle on the second to last
 

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BB always sounds giddy watching his defense the last two plays, although McCoy seems to miss the open TE over the middle on the second to last
He had the wrong shoulder down field. By the time he gets his throwing arm around, Hightower is on top of him. The bootleg needed Hightower to bite harder on the play action, but he didn't. Not much McCoy could do there.
 

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I wonder if anyone else calls Zo ”Scott.”

I’ve noticed that a Bill doesn’t really love nicknames especially for first names. Jules is usually “Julian” for example. There is one part of this Breakdown where you can hear him force himself to call Hightower “Hi”.
 

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I wonder if anyone else calls Zo ”Scott.”

I’ve noticed that a Bill doesn’t really love nicknames especially for first names. Jules is usually “Julian” for example. There is one part of this Breakdown where you can hear him force himself to call Hightower “Hi”.
I really don't think he is forcing it. He calls him "Hi" in pretty much every breakdown. I have heard it numerous times.
It's funny that you say that you don't think he uses nicknames, because I have heard him use several. Of course, other than "Hi", I can't think of any right off the top of my head. You are right though, he does use a lot of first names.
 

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I love how he says "you know how fans say 'hey that play worked, why don't we run it more often', well, this is what happens if you go to the same well too often in the NFL..."

...despite he himself having run the same play THREE TIMES ON CONSECUTIVE PLAYS in the SUPER BOWL. That's chutzpah.
 

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I love how he says "you know how fans say 'hey that play worked, why don't we run it more often', well, this is what happens if you go to the same well too often in the NFL..."

...despite he himself having run the same play THREE TIMES ON CONSECUTIVE PLAYS in the SUPER BOWL. That's chutzpah.
That's the difference between a vet like Brady and a rookie like Daniel Jones. Jones didn't figure out that the Patriots would adjust. Brady knew LAR would, which is why he threw to different guys every time.
 

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That's the difference between a vet like Brady and a rookie like Daniel Jones. Jones didn't figure out that the Patriots would adjust. Brady knew LAR would, which is why he threw to different guys every time.
Right, but Belichick just glosses over that context in order to make his blanket statement. Which in its purest form (doing the exact same thing multiple times is an issue) is correct, but misleading because there's a "right way" to re-use the same formation or even the same play.

Whatever, I don't seriously think Belichick fails to understand that (or, well, anything), I was just amused by the juxtaposition.
 

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Jacket and tie for Bill is a different look. I don’t recall seeing that in any previous breakdowns.

Darnold was picked on relentlessly by the Patriots. I don’t remember the last time I saw a QB throwing so frequently off his back foot. Hope he bounces back. For some reason I don’t want the Jets to lose all their games.

Hightower was on an island against Bell on the play where he made the big hit at 6:23 in the 3rd. Glad he made the play or the shutout would not have happened.
 

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Jacket and tie for Bill is a different look. I don’t recall seeing that in any previous breakdowns.

Darnold was picked on relentlessly by the Patriots. I don’t remember the last time I saw a QB throwing so frequently off his back foot. Hope he bounces back. For some reason I don’t want the Jets to lose all their games.

Hightower was on an island against Bell on the play where he made the big hit at 6:23 in the 3rd. Glad he made the play or the shutout would not have happened.
I think it was filmed right after the Jets game when they got back. Hence the shirt and tie for both him and Zo.
 

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Giants up. That play by Edelman is awesome.

Kind of an interesting discussion in the Giants Breakdown that was interesting to think about during the Browns game. On the Van Noy TD, Belichick talks about his rules for fumbles and contrasts DMac's attempt to fall on the ball when it looks like the ball is in traffic and Van Noy's decision to scoop when the ball is out in the open. I'm sure that every team follows similar principles, or even just good players know to do it instinctively, but we've definitely seen teams lose fumbles by trying to scoop when they shouldn't, and it was interesting to think back about this when watching the approaches to the various times the ball was out yesterday.
 

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The timing on the screen to White is incredible. It's especially incredible that Ferentz was one of the lead blockers on the play.

Ferentz and Karras both hold their line perfectly before heading downfield. I'd say that that play was less than a half second, or probably even less than a quarter second, from being ineligible downfield, but they both nail it. It helps that they take a step back on the snap, which gives them the extra yard to move upfield before the ball is thrown without crossing the plus one yard line, but they have their back to the quarterback and can't see the pass. One step quicker from either of them and it's a penalty.