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18 Sep 2013

The All-22: Dontari Poe

Dontari Poe is having a dominant season so far. Is this because the Chiefs have played the Jaguars (playing poorly all around) and the Cowboys (a rookie center), or because Poe has drastically improved? Doug Farrar investigates.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 18 Sep 2013

3 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2013, 3:31pm by Tim Wilson


by Dean :: Wed, 09/18/2013 - 2:28pm

I like the analysis, but I think that we probably could have seen much more about exactly how Poe won the matchup with a different camera angle. Even if you don't use the All 22, a sideline view would have show us Frederick's feet (which appear to be too wide, but it's hard to tell), his punch, his knee bend, etc. We can't see if Poe is using a swim move, or a hump move or exactly what he's doing with his arms/chest/leverage to get Frederick out of the way so dramatically.

In the second sequence, however, we can clearly see Meester has all his weight on his right side and is lunging back to the left. That one, even if it's the same camera angle, is much more informative.

by Tim Wilson :: Wed, 09/18/2013 - 3:23pm

Not sure I'm buying this as comprehensive analysis that Poe was dominant in Week 2 (aka his only non-Jaguars performance). The author acknowledges that we might have a sample sizes issue in the Dallas game, where we only look at 1 play and Poe had 2 sacks total (Romo's interior pocket was relatively clean other than those), but then moves to the Jaguars game to address this issue, instead of analyzing more plays from Week 2.

I believe a full breakdown of the Dallas game would show that Poe made two impact plays and was decent in the run game (where the Cowboys' main failures were on the outside), but that Frederick held up pretty well outside of the two sacks.

by Tim Wilson :: Wed, 09/18/2013 - 3:31pm

Cowboys blogger does a good job breaking down the Poe red zone sack which Farrar has also broken down in this post:

Seems that the scheme had Murray responsible for slowing down Poe-- Murray has had issues abandoning his blocking assignments to routes that are not short enough to be helpful to his now-imperiled QB.