Beginning today, and continuing every Wednesday for the rest of the season, we are going to break down the game film from the previous week. I will take on the offensive game tape, and JETSerious will take you through the defensive film. So, we bring you the offensive breakdown. And let me tell you, it was pretty offensive:
This offensive line doesn’t block for the run. It just doesn’t. As bad as Shonn Greene has been in getting through the holes, and I am ready to admit that he has been bad, there have not been many holes for him to run through. There is a reason why the longest run from scrimmage all day long for the Jets was a whopping five yards. There just weren’t the holes to run through, period. Too often, the point of attack looked like this:
See the point of attack, in the circle? Nowhere to run. Neither Shonn Greene or anybody else is going to make a big gain out of that. You might say, “Why doesn’t he cut back?” There is a hole there as I showed with the arrows. But that isn’t the type of back that Shonn Greene is. There is a reason why they don’t run a lot of mis-direction types of plays, and that is because he is not a cut back runner. His game is to run throwgh the hole at the point of attack. Without blocking at the point of attack, Shonn Greene will not be successful, as shown here, where he wound up with a 3 yard gain.
One thing that stood out was the play of Nick Mangold, and not in a good way. Specifically, he had the worst game that I can remember him having as member of the New York Jets. He spent more time on his rear end, or letting guys go by him, than I have ever seen. Here is a perfect example, on a sack Mangold gave up. Although it was called back due to penalty, it illustrates the point. Take a look:
It’s clearly a passing down, as Mark Sanchez is in the shotgun, and the 49ers have only five guys in the box. With that small amount of guys up front, the line should be able to protect Mark Sanchez and give him a chance to throw. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. I have circled Nick Mangold’s matchup against tackle Ray McDonald. McDonald is going to shoot the gap between Mangold and Ducasse, as shown by the arrow, and McDonald’s first step is huge, and Mangold is far too slow to react.
The matchup remains in the circle. McDonald takes his first step with his right foot, ducking his left shoulder away from Mangold. Mangold is too slow coming out of his stance to meet him in the gap, instead getting only his arm out there. McDonald has the speed and the leverage in his favor:
You can see, again in the circle, that McDonald has easy leverage on Mangold, and goes right to Sanchez. Mark tries to step up in the pocket(the right arrow), but McDonald is there far too quickly.
And down goes Sanchez. This poor blocking was commonplace for Mangold all game, as he was made to look pretty silly all day. By far his worst game as a pro. In both the running game, and the passing game, Mangold looked bad.