Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

19 Nov 2007

Freeing Up T.O.

CNNSI's Bucky Brooks looks at the strategies that were successful in Week 11, starting with the Cowboys attacking the Redskins 2-Deep zone with Terrell Owens in the seams. When you can get Owens in the middle of the field matched up against a linebacker with no safety help, you're going to score a lot of points.

Posted by: Sean McCormick on 19 Nov 2007

25 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2007, 5:37pm by Jerry Garcia


by Lo Pan (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 3:31pm

This guy is totally ripping off Dianna Troy. The Romulans are hiding something captain, getting mismatches in the secondary gets you a lot of points.
Whats next, you have to establish the run?

by Otis Taylor 89 (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 3:45pm

Jason David. Good God, has anybody been torched like this guy? Andre Johnson is a top 3 talent in this league and needs to be doubled at all times, but come on. Couldn't the Saints figure out that he can't man up on anybody before signing him?

by DavidH (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 3:53pm

not to be a huge nerd, but ... it's Deanna Troi

by MJK (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 4:00pm

To quote John Madden:

"What [team that is trailing] really needs to do right now if they want to win is score points. They either need to get a break from their defense or special teams, or they need to get the ball back and put together a drive."

Ahh, in-depth analysis!

by Lo Pan (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 4:17pm

Fair enough but i feel the point is still valid. How did this guy convince anyone to pay him for this?

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 4:20pm

Jason Garrett is a guy I hope the Vikings look at if Childress gets canned, but somehow I think his schemes would have considerably different results if Drew Bledsoe was still taking snaps.

by bravehoptoad (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 4:46pm

I like this guy's articles. Some of his stuff is ho-hum, like his assessment of David Garrard, but some is stuff I'd never see watching a game.

As for "mismatches in the secondary get you a lot of points," that's probably the worst synposis I've read all year. Tell you what, Lo Pan, you make three comments about the games that are worthwhile, I'll listen to you. Start with telling me something as interesting at the difference between "two-deep" and "two-man" zone and how it was used in some recent games.

by Doug (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 5:01pm

This guy actually played in the NFL which to me means he knows more about football than all of us. Doesn't matter if he's a "stat guy" or not..

I played in high school but I wasn't very good. I was on the team as a WR but I hardly played..I had 2 catches in my 2 yrs of playing. I think my YPC was 1.5. My YAC was 0.0. In my last game i had a pass go right off my chest into the hands of the DB who took it in for 6. Ugh..

by blacksuit (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 5:06pm

The article isn't exactly rocket science, but the points are sound, fundamentals are important, and he gives some insight into games I didn't watch. FO is good for the more complex stuff, bu the basics are important too.

Compared to TMQ, the points are solid, and there's a lot less fluff.

by Al H (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 5:26pm

Re: #2

Come on, Jason David has even been TORCHED by Reggie Williams of all people....although he's starting to approach looking like a wide receiver finally.

by Lo Pan (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 5:33pm

The synopsis about the secondary mismatches is essentially what he repeated on three occasions in this article. Once with T.O. and the inexperienced skins safeties, then with cincy getting henry back so they can play T.J. in the slot and finally with A.J. on jason david.

While i agree that the fundaments are important, maybe i am just spoiled by this site.

As for three things to bring to the table, how about how jason campbell is so much better in hurry up but it does not look like the skins have the confidence in him to do more of this. How about more about that apparent differences in the skins staff concerning the decision not to go for an fourth and short and how about their decision not to call the timeout when adams went down in the fourth and they lost twenty plus seconds off the clock verses not saving the time out and stopping the clock. Not to mention the poor clock managent by the boys to kick the punt eight seconds before the play clock expired, thus allowing the skins that extra play at the end.

Listen you can like what you like, and maybe it is just a limitaion of his original remit, i.e. how did those teams win - how about they have better players and stuff, but i think you learn more with the any given sunday columns. good team beats bad team in just not going to yield many insights.

by Temo (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 6:15pm

Will- I hate Aikman for telling everyone to go out and get Garrett for head coach. It's like he has some hidden vendetta for the cowboys that none of us realize yet.

I'm just worried that Wade is going to be around forever now with the year he's having. Rather than being a placeholder for Garrett like the initial plan!

by TomC (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 6:29pm

It's funny that Lo Pan compares Brooks unfavorably with FO, when you consider that roughly half of the observations in what is basically his own "Audibles" column are echoed by at least one of the FO guys in the real "Audibles". And I quite liked a couple of his that weren't also FO nuggets (particularly the observation that DeAngelo Hall keys on three-step drops).

by Lo Pan (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 6:59pm

Not a fan of audibles. To much stuff that shouldn't and wouldn't make the cut if it was edited. But then again it is a hot of the presses feature so what are you going to do?

by Nathan (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 7:11pm

RE: 8

I went through a whole summer preping for High School ball, I am 6'5'', and they slotted me in at Tight End.

I had 3 plays.

Run 3-5 yards up, then cut across the line.
And run a deep post as far as I could until the play ended.

I was not a very good blocker because stronger shorter guys would get under me.

I was great at the 3-5 yards up play when the QB wasn't over throwing me. The QB would over throw me almost every time, although I hit about the same spots in the same seconds every route.
And the post.

Well, they'd run the Post play for me constantly. I'd run from scrimmage deep 10 plays in a row.

The concept was that the DBs would get sick of chasing me, and leave me wide open.

Well, It would work. I'd be tired as hell running all the way down the field every time that the DBs would not bother with me.

I'd be open multiple times and not get the ball.

Of course after this over and over again, I'd be wide open, finally get the ball thrown to me, and be so tired from running that play over and over and over again and it not coming to me, that I was ill prepared to catch it, or had nothing left in me to actually get to the ball.

I quit, and went to several other activities where I won many state awards.

Screw football. ;)

I was also the backup QB which was interesting. Third String, couldn't throw far worth anything, but was as accurate as can be.

I would pick out the best receiver and hit him provided he wasn't too far up field.

I think we would have won more games with me at QB (I'm sure everyone thinks that), but good reads, and a lot of accuracy went a long way when I actually got to scrimmage at QB.

I could throw maybe, half as far as the starter. My balls were much more catchable though, that guy threw rockets.

by Sam (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 8:13pm

So don't read it. A lot of us like the stuff you think should be edited out, and the whole point is to get a quick-reactions post up.

by chuangtzu (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 8:18pm

Though Purple Jesus is no Rodney Harrison, Brooks is perilously close to disrespecting him. I'd recommend against that.

by masocc (not verified) :: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 11:56pm

Re #11:

Somebody needs an editor.

by Penrose 10,000 (not verified) :: Tue, 11/20/2007 - 12:13am

While I can see what Lo Pan is saying, I think this is a good article. Some of his points were obvious, such as the 49ers one, but he also points out a lot of things that I haven't seen or about teams I don't get to watch regularly. How would I have known why the 49ers suck if I didn't have to watch a lot of their games?

by SOW (not verified) :: Tue, 11/20/2007 - 2:01am

re: 6
What's your point?

by Independent George (not verified) :: Tue, 11/20/2007 - 2:24am

I hate Aikman for telling everyone to go out and get Garrett for head coach

He's also been saying the same thing about Norv Turner for as long as I can remember.

by yeahyeah (not verified) :: Tue, 11/20/2007 - 12:16pm

Honest to goodness college football all american reporting for duty since we are all spouting off our football prowess.

I still didn't know squat about football and couldn't predict a lick until I started reading F.O.

Now I at least have a baseline of understanding and can tell the difference between extemely good fumble luck and good football play.

Not sure what this has to do with this article. I gues I just wanted to say all american and myself in the same sentence.

by Wanker79 (not verified) :: Tue, 11/20/2007 - 2:28pm

I was proud to be a band geek. I miss my spats.

by thestar5 (not verified) :: Tue, 11/20/2007 - 7:01pm


I think anyones results would be different if Bledsoe were taking the snaps. ;)

by Jerry Garcia (not verified) :: Wed, 11/21/2007 - 5:37pm

Come on nathan, tell us more about your personal trivia...

Its really just riveting.