Patrick Mahomes Week 4 Film Review: major improvements in managing pressure

#1 von linchao , 03.12.2018 03:03

This is part three of a three-part weekly film analysis on the performance of Patrick Mahomes.Part one here Youth Reggie Ragland Jersey , part two here.Feel for the pocket is an excellent trait for a quarterback. Feel for the readership is a good trait for a writer. Usually, part three is about improvement and what needs improvement.But this week, I have absolutely no desire to write about areas of improvement for Patrick Mahomes, and I don’t think you have any desire to read it. There are a few, but the list keeps getting smaller and smaller and smaller. This week, it feels a little too picky. The performance on Monday Night Football was of the rarest kind. You don’t see many quarterbacks capable of what he did and you certainly don’t frequently see it done at 23 years old.What was so exceptional about the performance for me was clear, obvious growth in areas we’ve talked about in this article already in the past. There have been inconsistencies in how Mahomes manages the pocket. From last week:He has had to work through understanding the use of space in the pocket, knowing when to step up, knowing the timing for bailing out of it and how he will ultimately escape. It’s been up and done. His instincts are to run for depth to create, and he did it too frequently at the wrong times when there were easier options. Denver figured it out. If you read the quote from Von Miller in Pete’s excellent weekly article “The Re-Up,” the Broncos picked up on Mahomes’ instinctual desire to escape with depth out the back of the pocket. If you noticed that some of the pressures the Broncos dialed up against Mahomes right and deeper, it was to eliminate scrambling to his right and to try and catch him trying to get depth. How did Mahomes respond? He made drastic improvements from the pocket. And it’s the reason I’ve given up trying to be level-headed about the kid’s future.Something improvedThe timing of when he works out of structure is rapidly improving.We elaborated on this play and more yesterday. In the moments his team needed him the most, Mahomes showed grown-up poise and timing from the pocket for a perfectly executed escape. He wasn’t early to try to race to the edge with Miller closing; he calmly stepped up and then executed the scramble. The feel for timing is developing.There’s just a clear growing understanding of space. The leap this week was tremendous. He needed it the most this week, and he rose to the occasion. His eyes stay up through the chaos, he steps up to evade pressure and then exits at the right time to find Travis Kelce working to him on the scramble.All these plays keep happening in important moments.You’ve heard me say quarterbacks make their money on third down and in the red zone. Here’s another sign of well-executed escape—another step up into the work outside. He does a great job of maintaining the structure and then escaping with receivers working to him in the more congested red area. Also, a great throw on the run with little margin for error.It’s not just timing scrambles, it’s growth in when he should be working from the pocket. Kareem Hunt drops this, but the process to get it to Hunt is significant. The Chiefs are running a Yankee concept (post and a deep crosser working underneath it). No one is open. It could be very easy for Mahomes to want to create at this point, but he doesn’t. He steps into the pocket and delivers the ball in the face of pressure to a very open Hunt. I would’ve liked to see how many yards Hunt could have went for.We’ve talked about how great Mahomes has been in rhythm from the pocket http://www.chiefsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-cameron-erving-jersey , but when variables get added the results being not as stellar. Here, Mahomes wants to throw earlier, but he holds and hangs for an extra beat. There was no panic. He didn’t try to go back to the crutch of running around to create. He stayed and delivered a great ball to Kelce.Denver was challenging him with deep, front-side pressure. They wanted him to lean on old habits. He had the mental toughness to work through it where they didn’t want him to.Mahomes was challenged to grow by the opponent last week. They thought they could affect him and the offense with pressures like this. How did he respond? He just got better. Third down-and-6, and Denver is showing edge pressure from both sides, trying to make the kid process pre-snap. They bail out of backside pressure but bring three off the edge to the front side. Mahomes feels it, but instead of trying to outrun it, he slides away from the rush into space and delivers an excellent ball to Demetrius Harris for a first down that gets called back on a penalty.By the way, those last two plays were in the fourth quarter.When a quarterback scrambles, it initiates it not just for the offense but the defense as well. When you give the structure of the play every chance, it forces the defense to maintain their coverage integrity as well. The longer you wait, the better. Mahomes innately wants to create. He has the ability to do it and his old habits are akin to that urge. He looks anxious to it at times. He has displayed the rare ability, but if he can be more opportunistic with it, the game becomes that much more difficult for defenses.Mahomes was not as quick to create this week. He let it happen organically. He was near flawless in how much time he gave play structure a chance and was rewarded with unmatched production out of the pocket for his correct usage of that element of his game. We’re starting to see the maturity and experience slowly immerse itself into the game-day experience watching the kid. He’s learning, he’s responding to what he’s seen and he’s doing it calmly. He’s slowly turning into a cold-blooded killer. He may already be there.I’ve spent a lot of time the last two years analyzing Kansas City’s young quarterback. I’ve worked hard to pay attention the small details of his game. I try to have honest conversations every week about what I’m seeing. The acceleration of the improvements week to week, even on bigger stages is making it hard for me to contain my belief. I can’t see him failing. It won’t always be pretty, there are still rough waters ahead, but how quickly he learns, responds and translates it is unconscionable. Mistakes gets fixed Tyreek Hill Jersey , comfort is increasing, and nothing scares him. He just has “it.”Chiefs vs. Jaguars: How the Chiefs defense beats Jacksonville It’s Friday at Arrowhead Pride, so we’re moving on from the victory over the Denver Broncos, and moving on to the Kansas City Chiefs’ matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4!Most headlines this week will be dominated by the Chiefs’ league-best offense against the vaunted Jaguars defense, but it’s the other side of the of this matchup that might be where the game is really decided — boasting a run-heavy offense and a short passing game, the Jaguars match up well with where the Chiefs are weakest.So like every week, I went down to The Laboratory to take a look at what the opposition’s offense looks like, some matchups and tendencies that they like to exploit and what the Chiefs defense can do to try to stop them on Sunday.The Jaguars offenseReinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsNo longer just a punchline from The Good Place, quarterback Blake Bortles has had a decent start this year, averaging 273 yards a game passing — with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. However, he’s been more miss than hit on the road in the regular season in the past couple seasons, averaging just 91 yards passing with 0.77 touchdowns and one interception per game. At running back, the Jaguars will be without starter Leonard Fournette, but they still have a capable back in T.J. Yeldon. While he doesn’t quite have the same balance or ability to break tackles, Yeldon catches the ball well and hits the hole with speed. Jacksonville will mix in a heavy dose of Corey Grant as well.We should expect to see a ton of carries from the Jaguars backfield.At wide receiver, the Jaguars feature former Indianapolis Colts receiver Donte Moncrief — a productive pass catcher — and 2017 undrafted free agent Keelan Cole, who is a solid route runner with good hands. In the slot, Dede Westbrook does a lot of damage underneath attacking the center of the field. While it’s not the most talented group the Chiefs will face this year, all of them are solid in their individual roles.At tight end Dustin Colquitt Jersey , the Jaguars use a number of two tight end sets with Austin Seferian-Jenkins and former Chief James O’Shaughnessy. Jenkins is the better pass catcher, but O’Shaughnessy has found success finding the seams in the zone this year. Third tight end Niles Paul may also see some targets out of 13 personnel as well.The Jaguars offensive line added Andrew Norwell from the Carolina Panthers this offseason to bolster their interior. Brandon Linder and A.J. Cann round out the rest of a good interior. Josh Wells and Jermey Parnell are unknown names that have had some success this year but will be lined up opposite their biggest test of the year in Justin Houston and Dee Ford.How to defendExploiting the middle of Cover 3 zoneI regularly pick on the Chiefs for not taking care of their zone responsibilities, and the Jaguars will try to do so as well. They picked apart the New York Jets Cover 3 looks last week with lots of clear-out routes and varying crossing depths.On this play, the Jaguars utilize multiple stressors to pull players out of position. The play action keeps both of the hook defenders in the box, reading the running back. Both outside receivers run 9 routes to clear the boundary defenders. After the play action, both players lined up in the backfield run routes into the flats. The slot receiver runs a dig with acres of space to work.The hook defenders aren’t able to gain enough depth to take away the throw due to the run action freezing them initially, the apex defenders aren’t able to get more depth on their zones due to the routes in the flats, and the boundary corners have to respect the vertical routes. The deep safety doesn’t have a chance to make a play on this pass either, due to his depth.That’s fantastic play design attacking the hole in a Cover 3 shell.The Jaguars will attack the underneath zone as well.This play is designed to get the boundary wide receiver in space by running a clearout with the field receiver and having the two tight ends run a curl/slant combo to occupy the hook defenders. The result is a rub/pick by the near tight end — with no apex defender to cover the field flat and the boundary corner having to run with the wide receiver.The Jaguars do a great job scheming receivers open and finding the weak spots in the zone defense when teams feel like they have to deploy it. The Chiefs haven’t done well with flowing and passing in their zone responsibilities as it is, so expect Jacksonville to target the center of the field with digs and crossers to exploit the space left behind by stressing these zone defenders.From the Chiefs’ perspective, the hope would be to run the preferred man coverage schemes to try to press — thereby throwing off the timing off on the underneath crossing routes, and denying Jacksonville the opportunity to scheme holes in the zone.Misdirection and RPOsJacksonville isn’t necessarily a team with an innovative offense, but they like to toss in enough creativity to force defenses to respect all their looks. Here’s a fun RPO that they threw at the New England Patriots a couple weeks ago.Out of 21 personnel in a 3x1 alignment, they line Grant up as the back man in a bunch formation with Yeldon next to Bortles. Grant circle motions behind Bortles while he reads the Patriots strong-side defensive end.If the defensive end stays wide and tracks Grant, Bortles will hand the ball off to Yeldon on the outside zone run. If the defensive end collapses on the run, Bortles will pull the ball and throw the swing pass to Grant. The defensive end collapses and the Jaguars offensive line is hat-for-hat blocking to that side of the field, springing Yeldon for a giant gain.It’s an excellent play call that forces lighter boxes or open receivers and really puts the defense in a bind. In this scenario, the defense has to win a matchup on the weak side to stop this play, as they don’t have the numbers. The weak-side defensive end or tackle needs to gain penetration or delay a second level block while the linebacker beats the guard to the gap to stop the run.Bortles windupBortles has always had a long throwing motion Cheap Travis Kelce Jersey , but he’s been working on it this year. Still... it’s long enough to anticipate and jump the throw in the front.Here, Avery Williamson stunts on his blitz, but the offensive line picks up the stunt. He knows he’s not getting home on the rush, so rather than continuing to engage the center and make no progress, he drops into the throwing lane, sees Bortles slow windup, and gets his hands in the lane to bat the ball into the air. This results in an easy pick for the Jets secondary.Sutton should be stressing this long throwing motion this week — and keying on it — with his pass rushers. While the outcome might not be as fortunate as this play, batted balls and occupying those lanes may cause Bortles to hold the ball a beat longer, allowing the Chiefs pass rush to get home more regularly.The bottom lineWhile Bortles and the Jacksonville offense don’t exactly strike fear into the hearts of most defenses, their game plan is not a good matchup for the Chiefs defense.The Jaguars have a proven willingness to stick with the run and take the air completely out of the game — something that the Denver Broncos did well against the Chiefs defense this last week. The Jaguars will stick with it, too.The Jaguars also attack the areas of the Chiefs defense that are poorest in coverage — crossing routes from wide receivers, tight ends up the seams and running backs in the flat. If the Chiefs defense does find a way to get themselves in good down and distance situations, the Jaguars may still be able to dig themselves out with these kinds of passes.The Chiefs need to lean on their man defense as much as possible this week, and press to disrupt some of these timing routes. The Chiefs edge rushers have been ramping up the pressure over the past couple of weeks, and Bortles will take some silly sacks instead of throwing the ball away. If Dee Ford is a full go this weekend, I think we could see him do some damage to the Jacksonville passing game.If the Chiefs can stop the run on early downs (please tackle) and force Bortles and company into throwing more, they’ve got a shot to stop the Jaguars offense — one that hasn’t been great away from home — and give the ball back to the Chiefs offense.


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