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Cosell Coaching Tape: Divisional Round

We are proud to share NFL Films Legend and Tape Wizard Greg Cosell’s raw notes from his film observations. As we enter the playoffs, Greg goes back thru the season and points out notable observations.

RAVENS OFFENSE VERSUS BILLS DEFENSE
  • Bills 4-3 stack with split safeties versus Ravens base personnel and at times 11 personnel, 3 LB with Klein the third LB – Same personnel and alignment as 2019 matchup

  • Bills continued to be a predominant over front defense, Milano predominantly the SAM and Klein the WILL; Poyer the strong safety aligned to the strength of the front

  • Bills snaps with 6 man front out of base 4-3 personnel with Milano and Klein on the ball on the outside

  • Ravens continued to feature gap scheme concepts as foundational part of run game

  • Bills featured 2 boundary corner blitzes on Ravens first possession, the second by Wallace just outside the red zone resulting in Jackson 11 yard sack

  • Slot corner Johnson did not play until the Ravens 10th offensive play, It was 2nd + 21 with the Ravens in 11 personnel

  • Bills aggressive with pressure schemes on Ravens first possession: 2 boundary corner blitzes, and zero blitz with 4 across zone match on 3rd + 19 from the +34 yard line

  • Bills pass rush approach was to pressure from the outside in with the edge rushers staying wide and in front of Jackson, keeping him squeezed in the pocket and unable to escape to the edge

  • Bills featured slant-scrape tactic at times out of base 4-3 stack, They scraped the LB away from offset back playing gap scheme tendency; DL slanted to defend Jackson

  • Bills game plan featured high percentage split safety zone coverage out of both base and nickel – Second level eyes on Jackson

  • Bills did an excellent job throughout the game controlling the edge not allowing Jackson or Dobbins to get to the perimeter

  • Brown 21 yards on 3rd + 18 from deep in their own territory was Jackson’s best throw of the game: Good route concept versus split safety cover 4 with 2 front side verticals and back side crosser

  • Bills selective with their pressure schemes but they were effective heating up Jackson with multiple blitz concepts featuring boundary corners, slot corner Johnson and LB Milano and Edmunds

  • Bills were able to generate consistent pressure with their 4 man DL through much of the game

  • Bills showed zero pressure concept twice in the 1st half, both on 3rd and long; They played 4 across zone match behind it – 3rd + 14 with 3:35 in the 2nd quarter a great example: Johnson and Edmunds blitzed from the field (Jackson front side) and Milano came from the boundary with a wide angle to prevent Jackson from escaping to his right

  • Ravens featured RPO concept on first possession of 3rd quarter, They did it out of shotgun with outside zone run action; Andrews from the slot quick slant 14 yards

  • Johnson 101 yard interception return TD on 3rd and goal late in the 3rd quarter came out of nickel with initial double mug look with Edmunds and Milano in the A gaps, At the snap the Bills dropped into red zone cover 2 with Edmunds the middle hole defender; Jackson threw to Andrews playing off leverage of Edmunds but curl defender Johnson was not controlled by any route and was able to see the throw and react – Jackson has to see that, He did not recognize the coverage

  • Bills proactive with pressure throughout the game, They blitzed a higher percentage than their regular season average – Bills 17 snaps with 5 man pressure (41% of Jackson drop backs), with 4 sacks resulting from it

  • Ravens do not have a passing game that can operate independently of their run game, Overall Ravens pass game is remedial and elementary: Why?; No matter how special Jackson is as a runner that is hard to do in the NFL when you get to the playoffs

BILLS OFFENSE VERSUS RAVENS DEFENSE
  • First snap Bills went 10 personnel and the Ravens matched up in 4 corner dime with Averett the fourth corner playing cover 1 – Smith came inside in the dime

  • First 3rd down (3rd + 6) Bills anticipated pressure and out of 11 personnel kept both Knox and Singletary in to pass protect, Bills rushed 5 and cover 1 behind it – Allen deep incompletion to Diggs

  • Ravens played snaps of 4 corner dime versus Bills 11 personnel, They did that in the high red zone on the first possession

  • Ravens initial game plan approach was more coverage than pressure, They predominantly rushed 4 and mixed zone and man coverage concepts with some disguise and late movement

  • Bills first 20 plays were called passes, all but one out of the shotgun; It was predominantly 11 personnel but some snaps with 4 WR

  • Allen missed some things through the 1st half, both with poor ball placement and leaving some throws on the field

  • 3rd + 8 in the 2nd quarter Bills again anticipated pressure with Singletary and Knox aligned in the backfield and both staying in to pass protect, Ravens came with 5 man pressure and green dog by LB Bowser; Result was sack-forced fumble recovered by Bills

  • Bills first called running play came on the first play of the possession after the 3rd down fumble that ended the previous possession, They ran out of 10 personnel versus Ravens dime

  • Williams also snaps as the fourth corner in the Ravens dime sub package, He came in late in the 2nd quarter; Williams played inside with Smith staying outside, That was an adjustment the Ravens made

  • Foundation of Ravens pressure in the 1st half was 4 man DL rush, Some 5 man pressures and some 3 man pressures with zone behind it; Snaps in which they showed pressure front looks and dropped out at the snap

  • Bills started 3rd quarter with Allen under center, Outside zone run to Singletary for 9 yards; It was Singletary’s second carry of the game

  • Knox 14 yards on 3rd + 2 on first possession of 3rd quarter a well-schemed concept versus man coverage with natural rub element

  • Diggs 20 yards on 2nd + 16 on first possession of 3rd quarter came out of 10 3x1 versus Ravens dime 5 man rush with cover 1 behind it; Diggs from the inside slot to trips beat dime corner Williams on out cut with a well-timed and well-placed throw by Allen

  • Singletary on 3rd quarter TD drive 9 yards and 12 yards on 2 outside zone runs to the left side of the offense, both out of 11 personnel; Singletary a key factor on the TD drive, He also caught a 9 yard pass that sent up the Diggs TD

  • While Allen was not consistently sharp both mentally and physically in this game there was never a sense the Ravens defense dictated the action

  • Ravens only 10 blitzes versus Allen drop backs, a lower number than I would have anticipated; They sacked Allen twice on blitzes

PACKERS OFFENSE VERSUS RAMS DEFENSE
  • Rams started the game in big nickel versus Packers 11 personnel, with Scott the third safety; They stayed in big nickel on the third play versus 21 personnel with Jones and Dillon the 2 backs

  • Williams came in as the third corner in nickel versus 11 personnel on the fourth play of the game

  • There were snaps on the first possession the Rams stayed base versus Packers 11 personnel, Hill was the outside corner opposite Ramsey

  • Rodgers so good with selective no huddle fast tempo: Brown 27 yards on first possession a great example

  • Every Rams defensive tape you watch DT Joseph-Day shows up in the run game, He showed strong 2-gap ability in the base defense

  • Williams ran hard inside, He was decisive and competitive with strong finishing traits

  • Rams on Packers second possession played big nickel with Scott the third safety versus 12 personnel

  • Packers 3 times on first 2 possessions lined up in 21 personnel with Jones and Dillon, Each time they motioned Jones out of the backfield and ran Dillon on inside zone – They came back to same concept on first and second possessions of the 3rd quarter

  • Packers game plan showed a strong commitment to the run game, out of both 11 and 12 personnel - First 3 drives were 12, 14 and 9 plays (FG and 2 TD); They featured 17 runs by backs

  • Adams used in motion as a foundational game plan approach, He lined up in multiple locations

  • As expected Ramsey only matched up man-to-man on Adams when Adams was the boundary x, First time was 2nd + 14 on Packers third possession: Adams 12 yards on slant, Beat Ramsey press off the LOS

  • Jones 60 yards came on first play of 3rd quarter: 11 personnel versus Rams 5-1 nickel front, Adams motion across the formation expanded stacked LB lightening the box; Inside zone out of shotgun with no second level defender

  • Packers 3 TD and 2 FG on their first 5 possessions, and one of the FG came on :29 drive at the end of the 1st half

  • Lazard 21 yards on 2nd + 17 deep in Packers territory on second possession of the 3rd quarter was Rodgers at his best: Rams T/E and E/T stunts to bring pressure inside, Rodgers pocket movement dropping his eyes then re-setting in a new spot and drilling a strike to Lazard in the middle

  • Rodgers off Jones motion out of 21 personnel with Dillon threw the slant to boundary x Adams versus Ramsey press man 7 yards on final play of 3rd quarter, Packers ran All go H-seam on the front side with Dillon running the seam

  • Rams played first snap of dime on 3rd + 7 early in the 4th quarter, 5 man pressure with single high safety zone match behind it

  • Lazard 58 yard TD on 2nd + 6 in the 4th quarter came out of 12 3x1 with Lazard the z to the field versus Rams base cover 4 out of 6-1 front, Inside zone run action with boundary corner Hill eyes in the backfield and boundary safety Fuller anticipating run block by Lazard; Lazard excellent job initially showing run block action before going to the post – Cover 4 beater concept

  • Packers run-pass ratio (not counting 3 Rodgers kneel downs at the end of the game) was 37 called passes and 32 called runs – Commitment to the running game

  • AARON RODGERS 2020

  • 3x1 sets with Adams the boundary x: Versus single high safety coverage Rodgers will attack the matchup and throw to Adams: 40 yards versus Vikings week 1

  • Packers pass game an effective mix of scheme / progression reading by Rodgers, and matchup football based on receiver distribution and location – Tonyan 25 yard TD versus Colts and 39 yard TD versus Bears both schemed concepts versus split safety

  • What stood out going back through the season was the Packers had some cover 4 beater concepts that produced big plays

  • Adams one-on-one outside the numbers versus man coverage, cover 3 or cover 4; Rodgers will look to Adams: 49 yards versus 49ers a good example versus cover 4

  • Slot fades to Adams out of empty sets produced some big plays: 34 yards versus 49ers cover 1, 33 yards versus Colts boundary lock

  • What also stood out looking at the season was how effective Rodgers was with play action passing, He was among the league leaders in play action drop backs and was highly effective: 111-151, 1198 yards, 20 TD, 0 interceptions, 136 QB rating (best in NFL)

RAMS OFFENSE VERSUS PACKERS DEFENSE
  • Packers continued to play Alexander at left corner and King at right corner, They are not a matchup defense

  • Packers predominantly played 5-1 front out of nickel with Barnes the stacked LB, They also played some 4-2 nickel fronts with Barnes and Kirksey the stacked LB; Packers base featured 5-2 front with Barnes and Kirksey the LB

  • First 3rd down (3rd + 6) Packers went dime and played 2 man with safety Amos matched on TE Everett, Savage and dime safety Redmond were the split safeties; P. Smith lined up inside with Z. Smith and Gary the edge rushers – Woods ran a great route and easily beat Alexander but Goff’s throw was tipped at the LOS

  • Packers game plan was to play base personnel versus Rams 12 personnel – Rams saw that on second possession and went no huddle tempo with an empty set: Reynolds 28 yards on excellent progression read and throw by Goff versus Packers cover 4 boundary lock behind 3 man rush

  • Rams stayed tempo empty on the next play and Goff hit Woods 19 yards, Packers again cover 4 out of base – Both Reynolds 28 yards and Woods 19 yards were middle of the field throws

  • Packers started Rams third possession playing nickel to Rams 12 personnel, Slot corner Sullivan was in the game

  • 3rd + 14 on Rams third possession the Packers out of dime went cover 3 behind 4 man DL rush, This time Z. Smith was inside with P. Smith and Gary the edge rushers

  • Rams run game with Akers was almost all zone concepts, Did not run gap scheme; They featured some wildcat snaps including Akers 7 yard TD late in the 3rd quarter

  • Rams had success in the pass game in the 1st half when they went no huddle tempo: Reynolds 28 yards and Woods 19 yards on consecutive plays on second possession, Reynolds 21 yards versus dime cover 3 on late 2nd quarter TD drive

  • Jefferson 4 yard TD late in the 2nd quarter came on an excellent throw by Goff: Timing, anticipation, velocity, precise ball placement

  • Packers multiple with their front looks out of nickel 5-1, Z. Smith is the player most used as a Joker

  • When the Rams went no huddle tempo out of 11 personnel on their first possession of the 3rd quarter the Packers matched up with cover 1 behind 4 man rush with DT Clark dropping out and jamming inside slot Jefferson to the ground, Goff no timing throw to the trips side with the result he left the pocket and threw the ball away

  • Packers featured 5 across diamond front at times with Z. Smith at the standup 0-technique position, Dictates one-on-one protection for Gary and P. Smith on the outside

  • 3rd + 7 on Rams first possession of the 3rd quarter the Packers went 1 robber out of dime with Savage the robber and Amos again matched on Everett, Z. Smith inside on same side as P. Smith with the Rams OL sliding that way leaving Gary one-on-one with LT Whitworth; Goff no quick timing throw, Gary beat Whitworth inside with Clark looping behind for the split sack

  • Packers came out in the 3rd quarter with 5 across front, with Z. Smith the standup 0-technique; They featured multiple rush and underneath coverage concepts out of that front

  • Packers more zone than man versus Rams, They played some snaps of man coverage predominantly on 3rd down: cover 1, cover 2, 1 robber

  • Packers featured 3 man pressures out of both 5-1 fronts and 5 across diamond fronts; They did this playing both zone and man coverage concepts

  • Safety Amos was the TE matchup in the Packers nickel man coverage concepts versus Rams 11 personnel, Redmond snaps in TE man coverage in dime

  • Z. Smith, P. Smith and Gary all lined up inside at times in the Packers dime fronts – Gary had some excellent rushes versus LT Whitworth

SAINTS OFFENSE VERSUS BUCS DEFENSE
  • Bucs a base 5-2 front with White and David the stacked LB and Whitehead at safety with Winfield, Some snaps in a 4-3 front with Pierre-Paul or Barrett in a stacked LB alignment

  • Murphy-Bunting was the slot corner in nickel with Davis and Dean on the outside, On 3rd down and selected situations Edwards was the safety with Winfield

  • When the Bucs went cover 1 out of nickel versus 11 personnel on 3rd down Edwards was the TE matchup

  • In the Bucs base defense Davis and Murphy-Bunting were the outside corners with Winfield predominantly the post safety

  • Bucs played nickel to Saints 12 personnel on first play of Saints second possession, Saints went empty and Bucs played cover 3 with Whitehead the post safety

  • Bucs at times throughout the game went nickel versus Saints 12 personnel – Will they do that versus the Packers?

  • Bucs showed tilted fronts out of nickel, They featured stunts and blitz schemes from that front

  • Cockrell played some snaps in the nickel, He played in the slot

  • Bucs gave Brees a lot of different coverage looks out of nickel in the 1st quarter – Bucs have been multiple with their coverages all season

  • Kamara success running versus the Bucs: zone concepts, iso lead out of the straight I, pin-pull, gap scheme – 17 yards in 3rd quarter came on iso lead strong out of straight I with Burton lead block on White

  • Murphy-Bunting interception on 2nd + 9 in the 2nd quarter came out of nickel cover 1 blitz with White the fifth rusher, Murphy-Bunting matched on Thomas in the field slot; Blitz-stunt scheme with Pierre-Paul looping behind Nunez-Roches and White into the A gap, Pierre-Paul got in clean and forced Brees to make an off-balance hurried throw

  • Davis predominantly matched up on Thomas when Thomas lined up on the outside – Davis predominantly matched up to Adams when the Bucs played the Packers week 6

  • Bucs some snaps of dime with Cockrell the fourth corner playing inside, It was 3-2-6 dime with White and David – Bucs very few snaps of dime in 2020

  • White the high percentage fifth rusher when the Bucs rushed 5 out of nickel, David not used as much as a blitzer but there were snaps in which David blitzed and White green dogged

  • Bucs coverages: cover 4, cover 2, cover 3, cover 1 (at times with blitz), 3 under/3 deep behind 5 man pressure, 2 man out of nickel with David matched on the TE

  • Bucs a multiple front defense out of both base and nickel; Suh lined up in multiple positions including 3-technique and 0-technique, Suh still dominant snaps in the run game

  • Smith 16 yard TD on 2nd + 10 to end first possession of the 3rd quarter came out of 11 3x1 versus Bucs nickel cover 1 blitz with Whitehead the fifth rusher, Smith slot fade from #2 to trips versus Cockrell with a great throw by Brees; Whitehead clean off the field edge but the timing of the throw beat the pressure

  • Bucs a lot of 5 man pressures out of their 5-2 front with both Pierre-Paul and Barrett coming off the edge

  • Bucs featured multiple stunt concepts from their different front looks, including at times in combination with second level blitz; It caused problems in protection for the Saints throughout the game

  • White interception on 2nd + 8 in the 4th quarter came on a miscommunication between Brees and Kamara, Saints ran All go H-seam with Kamara running the seam; Bucs played cover 4 out of nickel and the Kamara seam had a chance, Brees threw the ball early as if he was throwing a different route and White made a great interception

  • Edwards interception to seal the win came out of nickel 2 man – Bucs played a lot of split safety coverage in the 2nd half: 2 man, cover 4, cover 2

TOM BRADY VERSUS SAINTS DEFENSE
  • Saints continued to play 3-2-6 dime on 3rd down with Davis and Anzalone the LB, They also continued to play man coverage on 2nd and 3rd and long out of both nickel and dime featuring cover 1 and 2 man

  • In dime the Saints TE matchup in 2 man coverage was predominantly Jenkins, at times Davis if Jenkins was used as a rusher; In cover 1 out of dime Jenkins and safety P. Williams were the TE matchups

  • In 2 man out of nickel both Davis and Anzalone matched up to the TE versus Bucs 11 personnel

  • Overall Jenkins was the featured TE matchup out of sub as he has been most of the season

  • Lattimore as always was the matchup on Evans travelling with Evans to both sides of the formation

  • Brady sack on 3d + 6 to end second possession came off T/E stunt out of 3-2-6 dime with LB Davis the picker and Davenport the looper versus LG Marpet and LT Smith, Davenport inside pressure forced Brady to move into Davis on the well-executed stunt

  • Bucs feature Gronkowski as the boundary x in specific situations and field locations, Brady likes Gronkowski versus man coverage

  • Saints high percentage man coverage versus the Bucs in the 1st half, both cover 1 and 2 man; They challenged the Bucs receivers and Brady

  • Saints featured 5 across fronts out of 3-2-6 dime with Davis and Anzalone predominantly the standup 3-techniques, Dictated one-on-one blocking for the Bucs OL – You will see the Z. Smith / OC Jensen in the NFC Championship

  • What was interesting was the Saints played more zone coverage concepts on the Bucs FG drive at the end of the 1st half, Bucs got the ball with 2:28 remaining in the half

  • Saints had some success with multiple stunt concepts out of 3-2-6 dime 5 across front, Davis used as both a picker and a looper

  • Bucs started second possession of 3rd quarter with well-designed play action boot concept off outside zone to the field, Balanced 12 personnel; Schemed big play with Godwin wheel to the field from the boundary but Jenkins ran across the field to take it away leaving Brate wide open on the crosser from the field to the boundary

  • Fournette 6 yard TD reception on 3rd + 5 late in the 3rd quarter came out of 11 1x3 set with Fournette offset to the boundary, Saints out of 3-2-6 dime went 2 man with Anzalone matched on Fournette; Brady knew he had the Fournette-Anzalone matchup pre-snap and hit Fournette on the angle route

  • Johnson 15 yard back shoulder catch on 3rd + 11 early in the 4th quarter came out of 10 personnel with Johnson the boundary x on the back side of trips, Saints 2 man out of 3-2-6 dime with P. Williams matched on Johnson and Jenkins one of the deep safeties – RG Stinnie accelerated vision seeing Anzalone drop out and getting eyes inside for the Davenport on the long stunt

  • Miller 29 yards on 3rd + 5 in the 4th quarter came on a nice concept versus anticipated man coverage: Bucs initial 1x3 look out of 11 personnel, Miller motion across the formation to get free access versus Jenkins following him; Miller double move beat Jenkins

  • Saints played significant snaps of split safety coverage, predominantly 2 man but also meaningful snaps of matchup zone concepts

  • Overall the Bucs OL did a strong job in pass protection, RG Stinnie made his first NFL start and did an excellent job

  • TOM BRADY 2020

  • Evans 50 yards versus Panthers a great middle seam throw versus 4-2-5 nickel cover 2

  • What stood out watching Brady throughout the season was how effective he was with play action passing, both under center and in the shotgun: 75-113, 1147 yards, 13 TD, 3 interceptions, 10.2 yards per attempt (best in NFL), 127 QB rating – Evans 24 yards versus Chargers, Gronkowski 48 yards versus Chiefs

BROWNS OFFENSE VERSUS CHIEFS DEFENSE
  • Chiefs are not a matchup defense with their corners, Ward plays left corner and Breeland right corner

  • Sneed was the slot corner in the Chiefs sub nickel, with Hitchens and Wilson the LB; Niemann also some snaps at LB in the nickel

  • Thornhill was the dime safety with Niemann the dime LB – Chiefs a high percentage dime sub defense (35% of defensive snaps during the season)

  • LT Wills hurt on the first play of the game, He was replaced by Lamm who then was replaced by Hance

  • Njoku 27 yards on second play of the game came on well-designed screen concept versus Chiefs cover 1: Njoku initially stayed in to pass protect with his man assignment LB Wilson rushing the QB, Njoku then released late with no defender out in front of him – Well-schemed to attack man coverage

  • Chiefs out of dime have featured disguise late movement to cover 2 all season, Mathieu always the middle hole defender

  • Sneed sack on 2nd + 13 on Browns first possession well-schemed out of nickel versus 11 3x1 set: Sneed aligned tight to the formation over inside slot TE Hooper (that should have been an alert for Mayfield); There was no blocker for Sneed based on the Chiefs front and he got in clean off the front side edge, Mayfield did not recognize the blitz

  • Chiefs will show zero in selected situations - No team played more snaps of zero than the Chiefs this season, Almost 9% of snaps versus QB drop backs were zero

  • Peoples-Jones 23 yards on 2nd + 13 on Browns second possession came versus Chiefs nickel zero, Peoples-Jones split outside the numbers to the boundary matched on Ward ran the fade; Great throw by Mayfield versus excellent coverage by Ward

  • There were dime snaps in which Jones aligned at wide 9 DE - Jones has done that throughout his career

  • Chiefs continued to show multiple coverage concepts out of dime: cover 2, cover 1, 1 robber, 2 man, cover 3 – Njoku 26 yards on 2nd + 20 late in the 2nd quarter came versus cover 3, Outstanding seam throw by Mayfield

  • Mathieu interception on 3rd + 10 to end Browns first possession of 3rd quarter came out of dime cover 2, again with disguise and late movement; Mayfield off movement to his right thought he had Landry in a middle void but Mathieu read Mayfield and jumped the throw

  • You can make the argument that Mathieu is the key to the Chiefs defense, They ask him to do a lot because he is capable of doing a lot; He is a very aware and instinctive zone coverage defender who can play underneath and on the back end and he can match up man-to-man on both WR and TE, Mathieu is the middle hole defender in cover 2 and he is also an excellent blitzer

  • Thornhill will be used to cut shallow crossers in the Chiefs man coverage concepts, especially versus bunch formations

  • Chiefs second snap of zero came on 2nd + 6 in the high red zone in the 4th quarter, It came out of nickel

  • With Breeland injured late in the game Sneed moved outside to right corner with Mathieu playing slot corner, Thornhill was the safety with Sorensen in nickel; Hamilton was the fourth corner in dime

  • One thing that has consistently stood out with DC Spagnuolo this season: He is not afraid to be aggressive with pressure in critical situations – Good example was 2nd + 11 with 4:35 remaining in the 4th quarter and a 5 point lead

CHIEFS OFFENSE VERSUS BROWNS DEFENSE
  • Williams was the Chiefs primary back and he was featured at different times throughout the game

  • Ward was the boundary corner and Mitchell the field corner for the Browns with Johnson in the slot; Goodson, Takitaki and Phillips all snaps at nickel LB

  • When you play the Chiefs you must be able to defend Hill in the inside slot to trips: 26 yards on first possession on crosser versus Johnson in man coverage

  • Chiefs as multiple with their use of personnel and formations in the red zone (especially the tight red zone) as any team in the NFL, Hill lines up all over the formation including the backfield

  • Another concept you must defend versus the Chiefs is the jet sweep, They get to it from different personnel groupings, formations and motions: Hardman 42 yards on second possession

  • Chiefs ran All go H-seam on second possession with Hill running the H-seam from offset backfield alignment, They ran it out of 01 personnel; Browns played cover 4 out of nickel

  • Kelce 20 yard TD on 2nd + 19 to end second possession came out of 11 1x3 set with Kelce the boundary x and Hill the inside slot to trips (Chiefs staple personnel and formation), Browns had been playing high percentage zone so boundary corner Ward lined up on Kelce in what was cover 4 boundary lock; Kelce outstanding pivot route back inside to beat Ward

  • Chiefs continued to feature multiple motions with Hill, That’s been a part of their offense all season

  • Browns high percentage zone coverage concepts out of nickel, playing both cover 3 and split safety schemes; They did not want to match up man-to-man to the Chiefs receivers

  • Browns began to feature some 5 man zone pressures and 4 man zone exchange pressures late in the 2nd quarter

  • Mahomes continued to play a little loose and undisciplined with the tendency to leave the pocket prematurely but he always has the compensatory ability to make outside of structure plays

  • Overall Mahomes is not playing at a high level right now relative to what he has done in the past, There’s too much Texas Tech in his game with a lot of unnecessary movement

  • A foundational coverage for the Browns versus Chiefs 11 1x3 sets with Kelce the boundary x was cover 4 boundary lock, That coverage put Ward on Kelce man-to-man

  • Mahomes hurt midway through the 3rd quarter, Henne replaced him at QB – First Henne play was 4th +1: Flip to Williams for 12 yards followed by Williams 16 yards and Bell 4 yards

  • Henne first 3rd down (3rd + 6) the Browns went 1 robber with safety Harrison the matchup on Kelce, They had not played many snaps of man coverage versus Mahomes

  • Browns more snaps of man coverage when Henne came in the game, Likely a function of Henne and the game situation in the 4th quarter – Garrett sack on 2nd + 8 with 2:33 remaining in the 4th quarter came on 5 man rush with cover 1 behind it

  • Henne excellent throw to Kelce 24 yards on 3rd + 5 in the 4th quarter, Browns went cover 4 out of nickel behind 4 man DL pass rush, Tight window throw versus zone coverage

  • Henne 13 yard scramble on 3rd + 14 and Hill 5 yards on 4th + 1 sealed the Chiefs win, Hill reception well-designed man beater

One of the preeminent NFL analysts in the country, Cosell has worked for NFL Films for over 40 years. Due to his vast knowledge of personnel and matchups based on tape study, Cosell regularly supplies us with valuable and actionable insight and intelligence that cannot be found anywhere else.