Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 Oct 2009

Greg Cosell's Film Notes

Greg Cosell, Executive Producer of NFL Matchup isn't writing a regular column like he did last year, but is posting his game notes on the FantasyGuru.com blog. I've linked the latest one above, but you can see all of them by clicking the category tag.

Posted by: Tom Gower on 23 Oct 2009

15 comments, Last at 23 Oct 2009, 4:53pm by Jimmy


by Will Allen (not verified) :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 1:40am

Let it be obsessively noted that what Kurtz and Barnwell called "obvious holding", on Favre's last huge completion, Cosell labeled a "great block" by Kleinsasser.

Obviously, Cosell has been bitten by a Favreian Zombie, and has joined the ranks of the undead!!

by ChiTown11111 (not verified) :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 2:53am

Well if not for the penalty is a hold not a "great block"?

by The Guy You Don't Want to Hear (not verified) :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 11:46am

Would that make you undead? I was thinking it would make you an automatic lifelong football announcer.

I guess the mental capacity is about equal . . .

by NY expat :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 3:02am

Cosell does half of the Anatomy of a Play segments on nfl.com (Mike Mayock does the other half), which includes the video of the play to show what he means.

by Todd S. :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 11:05am

Any chance Forte is "hitting the wall" after so many touches last year? All of the praise for Cutler was interesting, too.

by Eddo :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 11:17am

Wow, this pretty much matches up with my review of the game:
- Cutler was the only reason the Bears' offense moved at al;
- Roach looked good;
- decent job covering Tony Gonzalez;
- some coverage breakdowns that were costly.

by Chip :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 11:59am

Eddo -
Funny, I thought the same thing watching the game.

This team would be absolutely awful without Cutler. That anyone criticizes him for two picks in ATL is beyond me. He is pressured on every play - he's got pressure on three step drops on a three man rush. If he didn't have brass cajones by stepping up in the pocket as it routinely collapses, they wouldn't complete a pass. FO's comment on him having "command but no control" is ridiculous. Watch the O-line play and that says it all.

Ron Turner is making due with what he's been given. He has no line and average WRs who struggle with the jam. The fact that they've put up ~21 pnts a game is a near mircle. Turner is not the problem.

by Jimmy :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 12:11pm

Or one big coverage breakdown that cost the Bears 40 yards and a TD. Tillman held White to 3 catches for 15 yards other than the buggered up coverage on the slip screen that went for a TD.

Also while covering Gonzalez is good, Turner's late TD run was allowed in large part due to the defense reacting to Gonzo releasing off the line causing them to be out of position on the running game.

The Bears had half a dozen chances to win that game (2 dumb INTs, 2 fumbles, Briggs not picking a fumble up, Manning dropping an INT and a 12 men penalty on specials giving them the ball back) and didn't. Good teams take those chances, mediocre teams just make them.

by Eddo :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 12:22pm

You're not wrong, Jimmy. Though by "breakdowns in coverage", I was referring to non-touchdowns as well. Little swing passes to the fullback where the defense looked confused, for example, allowed drives to continue at times.

by Jimmy :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 2:12pm

Yeah I don't think we are screaming from opposite edges of a giant schism here. The Bears defense was a couple of plays away from a pretty good day against a very good offense. Shame they couldn't make them.

One thing that Cosell's notes have me thinking is that maybe Lovie aligned the line more heads up to help to protect the linebackers. This allowed the linebackers to flow to the ball against the run but left them in less than ideal position to rush the passer.

by Eddo :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 4:12pm

True, though I think the Bears' defense did have a pretty good day; Atlanta's yardage was concentrated into four drives: three touchdowns and a turnover. Other than that, they had plenty of three-and-outs.

Atlanta's drive log looks like this:

...1.....-1....End of game

by Jimmy :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 4:53pm

Fair point. If you had told me before the game that the defense would hold the Falcons to 250 yards and force two turnovers then I would have expected the Bears to win the game. Or rather to wonder how exactly the offense would manage to shoot itself in both feet this week.

by JasonG (not verified) :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 11:39am

This is great stuff and some of the quality and depth of analysis I've been wanting Audibles to be.

by Tom Gower :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 12:00pm

Don't we wish. Alas, the emails that make up Audibles are written (i) while the games are happening (ii) off broadcast tape, neither of which is true for Cosell's work.

by Bill Barnwell :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 3:14pm

What Tom said. For that sort of analysis, you should check out Doug's Cover-3.