breaking down Martz's route scheme vs. the Li
A good off season primer on the routes with vid's:
breaking down Martz's route scheme vs. the Lions
Using video to break down the 'Rail route' vs. Cover 1.
Matt Bowen ,May 05, 2011, 05:30 AM EST
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Let’s get back to the NFL and talk X’s and O’s as they apply to Mike Martz’s offense in Chicago. Today, the “Rail Route.” A scheme that Martz ran in St. Louis when he was my head coach—because it gave him an opportunity to get the ball to RB Marshall Faulk.
No different here, as we will see from the TV Tape on opening day vs. Detroit from last season. Create a matchup for QB Jay Cutler to exploit. Chicago is in their Posse (or 311) personnel (3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB) vs. Detroit’s base Nickel Cover 1 (man-free). Check out the replay and then we will discuss some detailed coaching points.
1. Working vs. Cover 1: Ideal coverage scheme to run the “Rail Route.” Detroit has their DB aligned in a press-look and that puts LB Julian Peterson in a man-to-man situation vs. Forte out of the backfield. One key to look at: Forte’s pre-snap alignment. This is called a “chowed” position with the RB on the outside shade of the offensive tackle. This allows Forte to release without getting chipped by the rushing DE. From a defensive perspective, this should tell you that the back is a part of the route scheme. Have to see that in your pre-snap read, because the RB isn’t going to stay in on protection with that alignment.
2. The “Rail” concept: With the ball on the near hash, the Bears want Forte to press the numbers and stem his route up the field. With WR Devin Hester using pre-snap motion to form a “bunch” alignment, the LB in coverage has to take an inside-out angle to the cut off point on Forte. Now, the Bears RB is working against a defender in a trail position. Very similar to a “wheel route” where the receiver can stack the coverage and turn the route into a vertical steam.
3. Five-man route: What else are we seeing here? A Hi-Lo Crossers concept that is often found in west coast offenses (think Andy Reid and the Eagles). Get the Y, Greg Olsen, on the 10-yard dig with Hester and the No.2 receiver to the open (weak) side running opposite underneath crossers. Again, vs. Cover 1, this is a tough route to stop when you have DBs playing outside leverage. To complete the route, the X receiver, Johnny Knox runs the 7 cut (corner route) to the open side. The point here? The “Rail” is the No.1 read for Cutler, but if Peterson can fight through the mess of the bunch alignment, the Bears QB will have other options.
4. The “Cut” call: Take a look at the closed (strong) side CB and the Mike backer on the replay. In Cover 1 schemes, the defense will make a “cut” call vs. bunch alignments. Once the CB sees the WR break on an inside route scheme, the Mike backer will “cut” the coverage and jump the underneath crosser. This allows the CB to drop off (almost as a “rover”) and break on any route coming back across the field. The problem here? The Lions have a FS deep in the middle of the field, and the CB should react over the top of Forte to provide help. However, we can all see the result when Cutler hits the game winning TD down the sideline.
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Last edited by dabears54; 05-05-2011 at 06:52 AM.
this is what when its working right- so difficult to defend- you have the outside ISO with forte, andthen if that was covered, as bowen says, you still have olsen underneth mismatched on a LBm and if the CB comes up to help with olsen, knox is open deep then..but need the good blocking up front, bec ause does take time, which was the problem in 2010
3. Five-man route:
What else are we seeing here? A Hi-Lo Crossers concept that is often found in west coast offenses (think Andy Reid and the Eagles). Get the Y, Greg Olsen, on the 10-yard dig with Hester and the No.2 receiver to the open (weak) side running opposite underneath crossers. Again, vs. Cover 1, this is a tough route to stop when you have DBs playing outside leverage. To complete the route, the X receiver, Johnny Knox runs the 7 cut (corner route) to the open side. The point here? The “Rail” is the No.1 read for Cutler, but if Peterson can fight through the mess of the bunch alignment, the Bears QB will have other options.
They still don't have impressive DBs and LBs, kill them with the short pass is the way to go there...
and they have no offensive tackles- stafforf will get killed again this year- Find it funny how some are hyping the lions draft as "great" while ignoing they couldn't keep their qb's upright last year, and did Zero to improve that and had a really bad econdary and didn't draft anyone to improv that.. "IF" the bears had done that people would be screaming bloody murder( we drated a Ot fiorst and still screaming..lol), but because its the lions anything is considered great because its not matt millan... but do not see how will improve in 2011 w/o having addressed their 2 biggest needs.. remeinds of a few years ago all the hype and offseason crap about how can anyone stop johnson/rodgers and bmw!! what a great draft!! lions will rule the divsion, no "D" can stop these guys great draft to get all these guys!! bear and vikes and packers screwed blah blah!.. instead went 0-16..
Originally Posted by Henry Burris
Last edited by dabears54; 05-05-2011 at 08:25 AM.
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Detroit does suck right now, but if they sign anyone in free agency who is any good on the OL, they won't suck so much.
We shall see, detriot knows how to turn gold back into lead better than almost any team not named Bungles... I hope they do turn it around this time-but seem the hype and burn so many times over the last 2 decades, hard to beleive it now..stafford as breakable as rex, they have no secondary, and their rushing attack 23rd.. not a recipe for the playoffs IMO
Originally Posted by Dagan81
We only need probably 2 FA OL, to cement a competent line and start developing healthy competition (the only one who really lost their job last year was schaffer). The Lions, I don't know who is good on their line, but need more than that and they're still gonna have their hands full with our d-line, and god forbid we blitz them.
Mikel Leshoure might be the best RB prospect Detroit has picked up since ::gasp:: Barry Sanders back in the 1980s. The problem is going to come in on how he will run without an offensive line to protect him. It may be that Jim Schwartz will have to run him off tackle a lot in order to get production out of the running game.
Originally Posted by dabears54
And off a 7 step drop too. Probably one of the few he got time to let develop. This year we get him time.
Two things really inpressed me. Cutler puts the ball right where only Forte can get it and Forte does a great job of adjusting to the throw.
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I cant knock the lions draft. The fact that they added what could be another dominate DT to their line is a great strategy, hell we have been using it for the last decade and it's seemed to work for us. They say a great DL will make any and all weaknesses behind the line a lot less weak and again it has worked for us. How many Probowl have our db's gone to in the last decade? I can think of only Brown and Vasher each for one season and that was ONLY because we had such a dominate pass rush and TH was playing up to his billing. Neither one of those guys or any other of our db's have smelled the PB since. So again my point is that the Lions at least on paper should have a very dominate DL and garner a serious pass rush which should help their lb'ers and db's. I also believe that they will go after OL in FA like a Gaither. Detroit I don't believe will be the cellar dwellar of the NFCN for much longer and I do believe that the North is going to garner the tag of the toughest division in the league the way the four teams are going lately and that's a great thing.