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Hazard's Huddle: Coverage Breakdowns vs. New York Giants

An All-22 film look at some of the coverage breakdowns vs. Giants.

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You know how this goes by now. The botches, assignments missed, and communiation issues have haunted the Redskins all year and it didn't stop this week. Let's take a look:

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1. The Redskins are in a Cover 3. Bashaud Breeland is at the bottom of the screen and is responsible for the bottom 3rd of the field. The Giants send two fly routes from the right side.

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Breeland sees the fly route from the slot and crashes down on it not realizing that Odell Beckham is also running a fly route. It is at this moment that Breeland realizes and tries to recover. If the ball came out now, it'd be a touchdown but Eli has to roll out to avoid the pass rush and misses it.

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Breeland runs so hard at Beckham that he runs right by him in the back of the end zone. Eli rolls out and doesn't see Beckham open again running to the front pylon. Instead, Eli Manning throws the in-route and it ends up incomplete.

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2. The Redskins are in a Cover 2 shell but are disguising a Cover 1. One safety over the top and man coverage underneath. What messes up this play for the Redskins (or exposes communication flaws) is the receiver at the bottom of the screen is going to motion into a stack formation (typically to combat man to man coverage).

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EJ Biggers sees the motion and gives a hand signal with his left hand. Typically, this would be a gesture to Breeland to pick up the outside guy if they cross (a pick play).

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This is what the alignment looks like shortly before the snap.

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But right before the snap, EJ Biggers takes a step towards the outside WR. So did Biggers original hand gesture mean he'll take the outside guy? Did Biggers recognize something from film knowing the outside guy was going to go inside?

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Either way, it confused Breeland and both Biggers/Breeland follow the inside route letting Odell Beckham release on a sail route freely.

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It's at this moment that Breeland realizes that they just let Beckham run free. Eli Manning is able to dip his shoulder in the pocket and step up.

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Eli delivers the ball and Beckham catches it while Breeland tries frantically to get back into the play. This play doesn't even end up counting because of a penalty.

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3. Giants run a slant and a bubble screen. The Redskins are in a Cover 3. One of the ILB is blitzing from the middle.

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All Eli Manning does is show his shoulder to the bubble screen and Biggers and Breeland crash on it. Meanwhile, Beckham is running a slant right behind Biggers. Will Compton is dropping in the middle of the field but he has to carry the TE down the seam.

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EJ Biggers sees Beckham at the very last second and tries to adjust as Beckham runs by.

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Beckham catches the ball here and is able to run it all the way to the end zone.

It's not like the Redskins are the only team in the league that blows coverages. It just seems like they do it the most often, by the most yards of separation, and it is never NOT taken advantage of.