Why being an NFL quarterback is not easy

Because you have to do things like this, even though this guy (some guy named Manning) makes it look pretty simple:

I will say I’m not convinced that what Greg Cosell describes as “two trap” was really the defensive call here. Billick in the clip below doesn’t mention it. In any event, he’s pretty good.

  • Jesse

    Chris, I know 3-4 zone blitzes and split coverage (Cover 6, etc.) have been around for a long, long time. But do you think the rise of Peyton Manning’s “Check with me” offense at the line of scrimmage has led to an increase in complexity among NFL defenses? In other words, would Rex Ryan’s (e.g.) intricate blitz/coverage schemes be so…well, intricate if not for Manning having dissected everything so methodically during his career?

  • Anonymous

    “Chris, I know 3-4 zone blitzes and split coverage (Cover 6, etc.) have been around for a long, long time. But do you think the rise of Peyton Manning’s “Check with me” offense at the line of scrimmage has led to an increase in complexity among NFL defenses? In other words, would Rex Ryan’s (e.g.) intricate blitz/coverage schemes be so…well, intricate if not for Manning having dissected everything so methodically during his career?”

    Dick Lebeau said it best: “Necessity was the mother of invention” 

    He had to create a unique and complex coverage and pass defense because teams stopped running the ball very down. I think you are very correct in saying that check with em’s, or even choice routes or option routes will lead to more complexities, the defense changing their coverage depending on what route is run, and so on and so forth. 

    Do the counter punches ever stop?

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  • endersgame

    I think you have a secret admirer , Chris!  : p

  • Coach Machin

    That is the Jets’ “2 Trap” call.  Mike Pettine the DC cliniced us a few yars back on that concepty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/seth.galina Seth Galina

    One of the things I noticed on Collie’s route in the first play was that, while he took it vertical before breaking to the sideline, he seems to veer slightly to the inside before cutting. It looks like it gets the safety to open up just a little bit, which would help Manning, cuz I guess if he wanted to, he could have hit Wayne at that point.

  • Mcshee

    Apparently the jets played a similar coverage (2-trap) on the romo int last week end :

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-anatomy-of-a-play/09000d5d82236b4b/Week-1-Anatomy-Darrelle-Revis-interception

  • Mcshee

    Apparently the jets played a similar coverage (2-trap) on the romo int last week end :

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-anatomy-of-a-play/09000d5d82236b4b/Week-1-Anatomy-Darrelle-Revis-interception