Baltimore Ravens: Breaking Down Nightmare 1st Quarter Vs. Browns
Breaking Down the Browns Big Plays That Put Points On The Board
The Browns got their first score against with a deep pass to Corey Coleman. The Ravens had Lardarius Webb as the deep safety in the middle of the field. Eric Weddle was in the box. The Ravens gave the Browns a cover 3 look and this is when Josh McCown had what he wanted. A one on one match up for both of his outside receivers. Corey Coleman got behind the Ravens cornerback and Webb couldn’t get over in time.
The second Browns score came on a 85 yard run by Isaiah Crowell. Crowell received a running lane that you could have driven a tractor trailer threw. Here’s how it happened. Terrell Suggs was outside of the tight end in a nine technique. Eric Weddle was off the ball just inside of him. When Suggs ran behind the play, this meant that only three defensive players mattered.
The Browns took out the Ravens defensive tackle with a double team. Now it was just Eric Weddle and Zach Orr, who could impede the running back. Orr crashed down right next to his double teamed teammate only to get blown up by a pulling guard. The tackle plowed Weddle out of the play. With a full head of steam, the Ravens never had a chance. When you break it down to the core elements, football is about blocking and tackling. The Ravens got blocked on this play, completely blocked.
You have to give Hugh Jackson credit on these two plays. He called two plays to the vulnerability of the look the Ravens presented. If Weddle wasn’t so close to the line of scrimmage, or the defensive line was aligned differently the play would not have been so frustratingly set up for the Browns. This is the danger of having eight players in the box. If they get blocked, there is nobody behind them.
The other touchdown was Corey Coleman’s speed killing the Ravens on a screen pass. When you face a speedy receiver like Coleman, this is always something you have to worry about. One way to combat plays like this is to have a linebacker cheat over in zone coverage and have the coverage roll to the speedster. Again though, this was just a great play-call that asked a speed demon to make one player miss.