Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Sep 2009

The Breakdown: Cooley's Crossing Route

This week's X-and-O animation for the Washington Post details the long pass from Jason Campbell to Chris Cooley against the Patriots in the preseason, a play that gained 73 yards. The Redskins face the Rams this week, and they might test St. Louis with a similar type of play.

(Note: As reader "The Ninjalectual" points out below, Cooley crossed behind Tedy Bruschi on the play, but the animation shows him crossing in front. Original diagrams, and a bit more descriptive text, here.

The Patriots defense is an interesting study because like the Rams, New England has a defense that is vulnerable to the pass, but less so with tight ends than speed receivers.

Posted by: Doug Farrar on 18 Sep 2009

5 comments, Last at 21 Sep 2009, 3:16pm by Bowl Game Anomaly


by The Ninjalectual :: Sat, 09/19/2009 - 10:16am

One nitpick--the diagram is wrong in that it has Cooley running in front of the middle linebacker. He ran two yards behind the back of the MLB, who was apparently in zone coverage, eyes locked on the quarterback. I remember complimenting Cooley for that great route adjustment, getting behind the MLB and out of his sight like that.

Had he ran in front of the MLB, he might have been covered, or might have been tackled before the long run after the catch, and WR Marko Mitchell wouldn't have had a chance to throw a nice block way downfield.

"Just look at that pumpkin."
-John Madden, looking at the moon.

by Doug Farrar :: Sat, 09/19/2009 - 10:33am

You are correct, sir. In the diagram I sent, Cooley crossed behind Bruschi. I'll drop a note.

by Never Surrender (not verified) :: Sat, 09/19/2009 - 11:07am

Doug, I am really enjoying these diagrams. Week 1 was painful for me to watch, but fascinating. This week's gives me more of a warm, fuzzy feeling. Gotta love Cooley once he starts rumbling down the field.

Nice work!

by James-London :: Mon, 09/21/2009 - 6:23am

This is an awesome feature

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

by Bowl Game Anomaly :: Mon, 09/21/2009 - 3:16pm

I love these. Keep it up!