I don't know who to blame anymore. The players? Jim Haslett? Raheem Morris? With as many errors that are being made, it's a combination of all of them. This concept can probably be broken down every week but this may be my last time touching on the subject. The Tennessee Titans, like every team in the NFL, come into a game with a gameplan. Obviously, if you and I can identify a weakness to attack, so can an NFL franchise. The Titans had a play call they were sure was going to work and used it numerous times during the game. Let's take a look.
1. Here is the play. They run it out of different formations but this is the pass concept they used to attack the Redskins. They call it expecting Cover 1 man (which they get). On the outside, you have a deep comeback to hold the CB. From the slot, you have a seam route and from the most inside receiver, you have a climb route. The idea of this is to get the climb route to cross the deep safeties face and get him to chase the route which opens up the seam route from the slot.
E.J. Biggers plays outside technique. This means he shadows the receivers outside shoulder to keep him inside. Why? Because it forces the receiver to bend his seam route inside towards the deep safety therefore eliminating him as a viable option as a pass target.
Ryan Clark does the right thing and doesn't bite on the climb route. He stays in the middle of the field putting him in position to stay over top of the seam route leaving the receiver covered. Charlie Whitehurst ends up throwing it to the climb route and it gets batted down for an incomplete pass.
2. Once again, out of Trips, they try the play call again. Redskins still using the Cover 1. What confuses me here is why Ryan Clark is lined up on the hash mark over the single receiver side. This alignment takes him a bit too far away from the seam route.
Again, Biggers plays outside technique and flushes the receiver inside towards Ryan Clark.
Because of Clark's alignment, it opens up a bigger window for Whitehurst and he takes it. Biggers had good coverage but a better throw would have been a completion. Redskins dodge one here.
3. One last time and this time the Titans made it count........or the Redskins did. This time they use an in-line TE vs. the Trips formation but use the same concept as before. Skins still in Cover 1.
Just like the last two times, Biggers gives an inside release to the receiver but this time Ryan Clark crashes hard on the climb route which Brandon Meriweather is covering in man coverage.
Clark tries to recover and get back deep but there's no way he's catching the seam route at this point. Biggers jam to the inside was weak and left him overextended, giving the receiver extra separation from him as well.
Whitehurst hits the play the Titans wanted to hit all game and it goes for a 38 yard touchdown.
Don't know what else there is to say. Hard to blame Jim Haslett when his player abandons his responsibility. This needs to be corrected and I don't really care by who. If the defenders can't trust each other, they're going to continue to try and cover up each other's mistakes ironically opening up mistakes of their own.
(Editor's Note: I had a huge breakdown finished of Trent Murphy vs. Titans but NFL Game Rewind decided to kindly delete all the screenshots from it. I apologize to those I told it would be posted this week. It will have to wait until next week).