Grading the Pack - Week 6 - 49ers Vs. Packers (Defense)

The Packers ended Sunday’s game against the 49ers with 401 total yards allowed, gave up 30 points, and backup quarterback C.J. Beathard ended the game with a 115.3 quarterback rating. Backup running backs Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida ran for 148 yards on only 26 carries. All things considered it was a poor overall performance, at home, against a struggling 49ers offense.

While Green Bay doesn’t exactly deserve any kudos for their performance on Monday, the individual grades weren’t quite as bad many people, myself included, may have expected. As is often the case, you can have a play where ten players are doing their jobs and end up with a neutral or positive grade on the play, but one person can ruin an entire play for the whole team. That was definitely the case at times against the 49ers.

It should also be noted that there were simply plays where San Francisco and Kyle Shanahan had their players in positions to make plays and at times seemed a step ahead of Packers’ coordinator Mike Pettine. It’s not always the players who are at fault and every defensive play-call has its weaknesses. Shanahan had a great game plan on offense all day long.

Lastly, there were some positives in this game as well. HaHa Clinton-Dix and Kevin King forced big turnovers with great individual efforts, and when it mattered most, Green Bay’s defense was able to hold tough. During the 49ers’ three drives that started in the 4th quarter, Green Bay held San Francisco to two three and outs and then finished with the interception by King. Those nine plays went a total of four yards for the 49ers.

Top 3 Defensive Players

Kevin King +1.40
Kenny Clark +1.30
Kyler Fackrell +0.85

Bottom 3 Defensive Players

Oren Burks -1.05
Reggie Gilbert -0.70
Josh Jackson -0.65

Defensive Line

Kenny Clark +1.30
Dean Lowry +0.55
Mike Daniels +0.25
Tyler Lancaster +0.00
Montravius Adams +0.00

Green Bay’s defense was gashed for 174 total rushing yards, how could the defensive line possibly grade out well? When reviewing the 49ers rushing attack, it was obvious early on that San Francisco wanted to avoid running the ball up the middle against the likes of Clark, Daniels, and Lowry.

Instead the 49ers decided to stretch out the Packers defense and try to find holes on the perimeter. They had a great game plan and executed incredibly well. When tested inside, Clark, Daniels, and Lowry generally held up their end of the bargain. The defensive line continues to be a strength and continues to do a lot of the dirty work to try and keep the linebackers clean.

Edge

Kyler Fackrell +0.85
Nick Perry +0.45
Clay Matthews -0.35
Reggie Gilbert -0.70

Kyler Fackrell was having a fairly pedestrian day up until the 4th quarter. Kyler came alive a bit at the end of the game and really made some impressive plays that helped get the Packers off the field. All you need to know about the state of the Packers’ edge rushers is that Kyler Fackrell has easily been the best performer of the four this year… that’s saying something. And to be fair to Fackrell, he’s earned it. He’s not lighting the world on fire but he’s playing with consistent effort and isn’t making many mistakes either.

Nick Perry helped his grade this week by deflecting three passes. Beathard only had 7 incompletions all day long and three were due to Perry batting them down at the line of scrimmage. Matthews continues to struggle to provide any consistent pressure, and Reggie Gilbert has been pretty much a complete bust based on preseason expectations.

It should be noted here as well that Green Bay’s edge rushers have generally been pretty solid at setting the edge this season, but against the 49ers they struggled to hold the point of attack and cut off the stretch and toss plays that the 49ers kept running.

Linebacker

Blake Martinez -0.50
Antonio Morrison -0.50
Oren Burks -1.05

Why was the defense so poor against the run on Sunday? Look no further than the play of the inside linebackers. There’s been some debate about the play of Blake Martinez this year and just how good of a player he is. When Martinez has clear vision to the football and is kept clean he can be a good player. But when he has to sort through everything in front of him or when he’s engaged, he struggles. He’s not great at disengaging from blocks and his instincts are a tick slow.

Oren Burks had his worst performance of his young career and also struggled to make correct reads and get off of blocks. He needs to be stronger at the point of attack. Meanwhile Morrison played very few plays but still managed to struggle and George Kittle finished him with a massive pancake on one play.

Cornerback

Kevin King +1.40
Tramon Williams -0.30
Josh Jackson -0.65

King started slow in this game but boy did he finish strong. After the first couple drives, King really settled down and played a fantastic game. He was trusting his eyes and anticipating more in the 2nd half and he ended up with the highest grade of the day on defense.

Josh Jackson is a bit of a victim of playing out of position. He needs to be playing outside and playing him in the slot isn’t doing him any favors. He also has to work on his footwork and his propensity to grab the opposing players. There were plays earlier in the year where he was getting away with it but he’s starting to get a bit of a reputation for being a grabby player. In this game he flat out tackled a receiver at one point and was obviously called for the penalty. When he gains more experience and is played in his correct position the results should be better.

Safety

HaHa Clinton-Dix +0.65
Kentrell Brice +0.20
Jermaine Whitehead -0.55

I’ve been tough on HaHa Clinton-Dix for some time now but he now has two games in the past three weeks where he’s played really solid football. He made a great play on the football to force a fumble and was once again more aggressive in this game then he has been over the majority of the past season and a half. A more aggressive Clinton-Dix is a better Clinton-Dix and if he can step up after the bye it would go a long way in improving this defense.

The Brice grade will be one that will surprise many but I didn’t have any huge issues with the way he played. I didn’t kill him on the deep touchdown to Goodwin. Sure you could argue that he could have maybe played it a bit deeper but that’s a free release for Goodwin, Green Bay brought six rushers, the 49ers picked it up, and a 4.3 wide receiver ran a fantastic route while Beathard threw a phenomenal ball. There are few, if any, safeties who are making a play on that. It was more an issue with the pressure not getting home and a tip your cap moment for the 49ers offense. The play beat the defensive play-call plain and simple. You can judge for yourself below:

Overall the defense is lacking consistent playmakers. You could tell the defense missed Jaire Alexander these past two weeks and it will be huge if they can get him back healthy after the bye.

The edge rusher position continues to be the biggest issue on defense as none of the rushers can get home with any sort of regularity. Unless an edge rusher can step up in the 2nd half, Mike Pettine will need to continue to try and manufacture pressure, and Green Bay’s defense could give up more big plays because of it.

*Make sure to check back tomorrow (Saturday afternoon) for the offense’s grades.*

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How I Grade

  • Each player starts by getting a zero or neutral grade on a play. If they performed as expected on a play, their grade stays at zero.
  • For a slightly above or below average play, the player gets graded -0.1 or +0.1. The vast majority of grades on the vast majority of plays are graded -0.1, 0, or +0.1.
  • The highest and lowest grades on an individual play are +2.0 and -2.0 respectively. These would be large, game-changing plays.
  • I won’t grade a play negatively if I cannot tell which player was at fault.
  • Most of the time it’s difficult to tell the play, so I’m not grading on the execution of the play call as an NFL coach would.
  • The goal of this exercise is to grade every snap over the course of the season to get a long-term view of which performers are performing well and which are not meeting expectations. This is very similar to what Pro Football Focus tries to achieve. Is it perfect? No. But what you are getting is a consistent grader who is watching specifically Packer games and putting multiple hours into every week to breakdown film and assign grades.
  • Grades are for offense and defense only (including two point conversions). Special teams does not factor in.

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Andy is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh and owns & operates the Pack-A-Day Podcast. Andy has taken multiple courses in NFL scouting and is an Editor for Packer Report. You can find him on WFRV's Green Bay Nation and every Friday on the Friday Film Room on WDUZ . Andy grew up in Green Bay and is a lifelong season ticket holder - follow him on Twitter @AndyHermanNFL!

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Bearmeat's picture

October 19, 2018 at 08:18 am

Thanks, Andy. You always make things between the lines easier to understand for all of us non-pros.

Point blank, outside of the DL, and possibly Alexander/Tramon, this defense just does not have consistent playmakers. They just don't, and nothing is going to change that. I'm actually afraid of HHCD playing just good enough to get a good contract from GB, then pulling a Perry and being invisible for the next 4 years. Again.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

October 19, 2018 at 10:23 am

What big plays has Tramon made this year? As for resigning HaHa he already stated on record he doesn't expect to be back in GB next year. If GB does resign him the safety market is bad and he should be able to be resigned for a fraction of what we paid Perry.

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dobber's picture

October 19, 2018 at 10:33 am

I think HHCD was trying to kick-start a negotiation with his comments. It tells us there's almost no real chatter on that front between him and the Packers. The Packers are playing wait-and-see, which is prudent in this case, I think.

I agree in that I think this is a 'gamble' worth taking: there were good S on the market late who went cheap, and a couple of those guys are going to be back on the market THIS year, too. There will be safeties to be had...maybe not as cheaply as last off-season, but probably no more expensive than what the Packers would have to pay to HHCD to resign now.

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Leatherhead's picture

October 19, 2018 at 11:36 am

It isn’t a question of playmakers. Most games are not won, they are lost, and they are lost by turnovers, penalties, and blown assignments. If you re-watch the game closely, on most plays most of our guys are getting it done.

There is plenty of talent on this defense. Let’s see what it looks like in December.

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Leatherhead's picture

October 19, 2018 at 11:36 am

It isn’t a question of playmakers. Most games are not won, they are lost, and they are lost by turnovers, penalties, and blown assignments. If you re-watch the game closely, on most plays most of our guys are getting it done.

There is plenty of talent on this defense. Let’s see what it looks like in December.

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dobber's picture

October 19, 2018 at 01:30 pm

FYI: an early look at 2019 FA "pass-rushers"...remembering that some of these guys will likely be resigned and never hit the market.

https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/10/choose-your-2019-free-agent-pa...

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Fire_Gute's picture

October 19, 2018 at 08:36 am

Thanks for the review. I never understood the love for Gilbert. He's a bottom of the roster, #4 or 5 OLB and will never be anything but that. How anyone that isn't legally blind though he was going to fix or even help the pass rush is beyond me. I also have no idea what Morrison is doing on this team. If Josh Jones can't take his snaps, he doesn't belong either. Jones draft reviews were consistently boom or bust, we definitely got the bust. I really, really hope this secondary looks completely different soon. And it could, Brice could be on the bench while Williams or Breeland takes a few snaps at safety, Jackson outside and Alexander in the slot. Until King gets hurt again, that is.

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dobber's picture

October 19, 2018 at 10:19 am

I don't know that many expected Gilbert to be a panacaea for the pass rush, but I think many of us had hoped that he could be a rotational piece that could get Perry and Matthews a breather from time to time without a huge dropoff, and that he could fill in for periods when those guys got hurt. He's looking more limited than that...

The bottom-of-the-roster churn is going to have to shift to find situational players that will take the heat off that position. Maybe it means you play more conventional 4-man fronts with a 4-3 type end. Maybe it means you look for a lottery ticket hiding on someone else's roster (Bearmeat mentions Dante Fowler from Jax...I'm starting to think that might be worth a look). Something has to change, otherwise you're putting too much pressure on FA AND the draft next off-season, because they're more than one player away from fixing that problem.

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Fire_Gute's picture

October 19, 2018 at 11:06 am

Believe me, I don't think the Packers are 1 player away from fixing anything. But with 40 million in cap space, 2 1st round picks, no one due for a extension, and no one who must be resigned, a good GM could do a lot. Quick.
And Gilbert just reminded me of Ricky Elmore. Not big enough to be a dl, not athletic enough to be a olb. Yes, every team will always have to have guys like him. But hes not worth building a situational package around. And I'm all in on Fowler.

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cpheph1's picture

October 19, 2018 at 11:22 am

I concur with your 1st paragraph. My expectation for Gilbert was pretty much what you stated...

"The bottom-of-the-roster churn is going to have to shift to find situational players that will take the heat off that position. Maybe it means you play more conventional 4-man fronts with a 4-3 type end. Maybe it means you look for a lottery ticket hiding on someone else's roster (Bearmeat mentions Dante Fowler from Jax...I'm starting to think that might be worth a look). Something has to change, otherwise you're putting too much pressure on FA AND the draft next off-season, because they're more than one player away from fixing that problem."

I agree the Packers need two guys (or one STUD) to possibly fix the pass rush. Like you, I don't care if he's a big DE type like we had in Julius Peppers or a speed rushing demon off the edge...we just need another pass rusher (preferably two). Only way to get one this season is via trade. Dante Fowler is intriguing because he was the #3 over-all pick in 2015 draft...2019 is his 5th year option. His statistics seem ok but I haven't seen the Jags play enough to know much about Fowler's play. Whitney Mercilus also intrigues me...his contract expires after 2019.

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Leatherhead's picture

October 19, 2018 at 11:47 am

The Packers are 8th in sacks and 4th in sack percentage. That doesn’t exactly scream that we need to “fix the pass rush”. I think if we improve the coverage a little (that means having King and Alexander both on the field and healthy) you’ll see our pass rush is plenty good enough,

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dobber's picture

October 19, 2018 at 12:51 pm

Aggregate stats can give a picture of what's happening, but they rarely tell the whole story. 7 sacks against Buffalo, 4 against Chicago: that leaves 7 for the other 4 games. How is this defense getting its sacks? Mostly by taking chances and sending 5, 6, or (as we saw in that pivotal play on Monday night) 7 rushers.

Only one non-bye team (Oak) has surrendered fewer pass plays than the Packers at this point...which pushes up sack pct. They're going to give up as many big plays as they make playing this way. You can live by the sword and you can die by the sword. If the Packers have to rely on rushing 4 on a regular basis, those sack/sack pct. numbers will regress pretty fast.

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Bearmeat's picture

October 19, 2018 at 06:00 pm

A few better barometers:

1. 1v1 win percentage
2. QB pressure percentage
3. QB hit percentage

If you're getting to the QB 24 times a year, and you get 17 sacks, that looks great for not a great player. Just a good one. That will regress the next year - as we saw with Perry.

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Guam's picture

October 19, 2018 at 09:07 am

Thank you Andy! Watching the game, I thought the D-line got moved too much, but your analysis clearly shows it was the ILB's getting stuck on blocks that was the major downfall. Appreciate the in-depth insight and all of your hard work!

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arthurl's picture

October 19, 2018 at 09:17 am

It's pretty obvious our linebacker play has sucked with exception of Martinez. Team has to end of month via trade if it wants to address this season. Cobb has that contract, but he's in final year, or Allison could be candidates to move along with a pick to get a decent OLB. Reason I mention these two as they can play and the rookie WRs are getting comfortable and provide just as much juice for the offense.

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4thand1's picture

October 19, 2018 at 09:28 am

Gilbert has proven so far that he is nothing but a pre season darling like other players in the past. Josh Jones is another player who doesn't seem to grasp the mental part of the game. Burks is still a rookie, hope he keeps improving. CM and Perry just can't bring it, Frackrell is our best OLB? The Rams after watching game film are going to run wide with Gurly, could be a really long day for this defense. The Packers offense is averaging 421 yards a game and is ranked 2nd, playing 4 defenses ranked high.
Bears 3rd
lolions 5th
Skins 2nd
Bills 8th
queens 18th
9ers 20th
The Rams are ranked 1st in offense and 14th in defense. Stats are a little misleading because bearsstillsuck and loloions have had a bye.

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dobber's picture

October 19, 2018 at 03:51 pm

I think that maybe what has been proven is that Gilbert NOT being on the 53 prior to late last season might have been for a reason.

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4thand1's picture

October 19, 2018 at 04:32 pm

Exactly, everyone was going off in their shorts about Gilbert.

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Coldworld's picture

October 19, 2018 at 05:15 pm

I would like to see Donnerson elevated. His postential and measurables are simply of a different echelon to what we are seeing.

Raw though he is, if we can get a little healthier, why can’t we carry a specialist pass rusher on active roster and use him on at least obvious passing downs and for special teams?

Get him some game experience.

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Packer fan in SWIN's picture

October 19, 2018 at 09:25 am

Always look forward to the grading the Pack article. Thanks so much....

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dobber's picture

October 19, 2018 at 10:14 am

YES!!!

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 19, 2018 at 09:28 am

IMO, getting Alexander back, with a healthy King will make our DB's a lot better. Add in Breeland and our secondary gets a lot better.

Our defense has been much better in 2nd half of games compared to first half except for the Vikings game. I think they have potential to be much better down the stretch.

I do think the defense improves greatly with Alexander getting healthy. He just has a swagger that seems to energize the other players. We really haven't seen him and King together yet. Both of those guys together is going to help lock down WR's. Add Breeland who is a mystery right now, our CB's could be the best we have seen in a while.
I do expect to see some changes made during the bye week. What those are, I am not sure yet. Looking forward to seeing it though!

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Leatherhead's picture

October 19, 2018 at 11:48 am

I agree with all that.

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Community Guy's picture

October 19, 2018 at 09:33 am

thanks again for your work.. the clips don't lie.. looks like the Packers are not yet maximizing their blitzing.. besides Juszchek (sp?) picking up two blitzers on that play, i noticed Martinez running almost head on into Fackrell, who, right or wrong, was stunting inside. the Packers need to fix some of that front 7 rush technique. still love Clark.

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Packer_Fan's picture

October 19, 2018 at 09:52 am

I like this article. And thanks for showing replays. It gives a much better perspective.

I think that Goodwin should have been doubled more. Goodwin's long touchdown looked like Jordy five years ago. Brice didn't have a chance. And when those blitzes had two guys free in the same line, they need to spread a little so one guy can't block them both. And on the second instance, I believe it was Fackrell took an inside rush when he should have taken an outside rush and would have been in position to get Beathard because of the inside pressure. Also, Josh Jackson needs to pick up the pace more. His penalties are hurting the defense. And that leap at Beathard. If the two rushers had stayed spread a bit and Jackson not left his feet, that would have been a sack.

All these little things that need to happen to make the defense more effective. They still have time.

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cpheph1's picture

October 19, 2018 at 10:49 am

Like many in here I definitely appreciate the time and effort you put into your weekly grading of the Packers.

"There’s been some debate about the play of Blake Martinez this year and just how good of a player he is. When Martinez has clear vision to the football and is kept clean he can be a good player. But when he has to sort through everything in front of him or when he’s engaged, he struggles. He’s not great at disengaging from blocks and his instincts are a tick slow."

I think Blake Martinez is a good ILB who still has upside. Not sure what his ceiling is but he's currently not a JAG. I think his instincts are good and may very well improve as he gains more experience. Sorting through the trash / disengaging from blocks is difficult to do even for the great MLB/ILB types. If a 300+ lb OL has free reign getting to the 2nd level and is able to get his hands on the LB, I'm betting the OL wins regardless whether the LB is Luke Kuechly, Ray Lewis, Manti Te’o, Reuben Foster, or whomever... Sometimes the FB is a pretty good blocker too...

Kevin King definitely passed my eye test while watching the game on TV. Only thing that scares me about him are his shoulders...

"Josh Jackson is a bit of a victim of playing out of position. He needs to be playing outside and playing him in the slot isn’t doing him any favors. He also has to work on his footwork and his propensity to grab the opposing players. There were plays earlier in the year where he was getting away with it but he’s starting to get a bit of a reputation for being a grabby player. In this game he flat out tackled a receiver at one point and was obviously called for the penalty. When he gains more experience and is played in his correct position the results should be better."

I think your Josh Jackson assessment is very good. While slot DB probably isn't his best position, he's still getting valuable experience because he's on the field. He's got good size and he's looked good to me as a slot blitzer...I guess where I'm going with this is that Jackson displays versitility so I'm ok with Pettine getting him on-field even if he's not lining up outside. Playing him is doing him a favor...but unlike Brice, Jackson has earned PT.

Maybe some day Jackson will be the centerfielder we've been missing since Nick Collins. I'd prefer to have King, Alexander, and Jackson on-the-field whenever and as much as possible. HHCD would be my "SS" type and the 5th DB could either be Breeland, Tramon Williams or Whitehead. I'd also rotate the CF responsibility between all the players except for HHCD and King. Alexander and Jackson are ball-hawks and Tramon can hawk too. I'm not sure what we have with Breeland but I was interested in him going into 2018 FA.

Btw, that "3rd and 9 - Pettine schemes up a perfect blitz" obviously wasn't (perfect). The 9ers had great protection. What I didn't understand was what was Kenny Clark doing?...or was he playing the scheme?

HaHa Clinton-Dix +0.65
Kentrell Brice +0.20
Jermaine Whitehead -0.55

"The Brice grade will be one that will surprise many"

Ya think?...

"but I didn’t have any huge issues with the way he played. I didn’t kill him on the deep touchdown to Goodwin."
"For a slightly above or below average play, the player gets graded -0.1 or +0.1. The vast majority of grades on the vast majority of plays are graded -0.1, 0, or +0.1.
The highest and lowest grades on an individual play are +2.0 and -2.0 respectively. These would be large, game-changing plays."

OK, I now have issues with your grading system...or at least how you graded Brice for this game. Brice was responsible for that 67 yard TD. He had one major responsibility (deep middle) and he blew it. No doubt it was a good play by the 9ers so they deserve credit too...but that was a -2.0 play by Brice (by your definition of "large, game-changing plays"). What did you give Brice on that play?

"Overall the defense is lacking consistent playmakers."

I concur but I have hope in King, Alexander, Jackson...and HHCD. TW has good ball awareness too...

"The edge rusher position continues to be the biggest issue on defense as none of the rushers can get home with any sort of regularity. Unless an edge rusher can step up in the 2nd half, Mike Pettine will need to continue to try and manufacture pressure, and Green Bay’s defense could give up more big plays because of it."

Yup...big issue regarding lack of edge rushing consistency. I think my expectations for Reggie Gilbert were way too lofty... I still think CM3 is a high enough quality starter, he's not a JAG...but he's certainly not a premier pass rusher either. I think he's an off-ball LB who can move around, drop in coverage, and attack the pocket via scheme plus he's got pretty good change of direction in close quarters (i.e., near the pocket). What he cannot do is over-power OL...or beat good LT's.

I'm convinced the pass rush will be scheme dependent but will work if properly executed. Pettine appears to rely heavily on his cover DBs (plus I've seen reporting that's his philosophy).

Thanks again for all the time and effort you put into your grading blogs. Definitely my Friday's must read!

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October 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Thanks for reading and for the comment!

On the Brice play it looks, to me, like Cover 2. HaHa and Brice are both covering their side of the field, with Clay & Whitehead covering the underneath portion. Martinez is responsible for the the middle of the field and gets as deep as he humanly can on this play. The WR in this scenario has a 3 way go, he can run a corner, post, or go route and any safety is going to struggle to cover all three in that scenario. Blake is there to help him out as much as possible and give the quarterback as much pause as possible before he throws the post. HaHa comes up on his side of the field so he's in no position to make a play either.

The design of this play is to get pressure on the QB before the WR gets a chance to get to that spot on the field. You are bringing six rushers, you aren't expecting a long pass play. The 49ers do a great job of picking up the blitz, Goodwin runs his blazing 4.2-40 speed and Beathard throws an absolutely fantastic ball. As I mentioned you could argue that Brice could be deeper here but I'm honestly not sure it would have mattered. In that situation, in that defense, with that wr, and that throw, few if any safeties are making a play on the ball. That's how I viewed it and graded it.

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flackcatcher's picture

October 20, 2018 at 01:46 am

Nice overview Andy, I think you covered the defensive play well. As you pointed out, they play on the other side too. Yes, the Packers were in cover 2, which is their usual base formation. That entire play was set the second SF saw that formation. Second teams see Brice they attack deep if the Packers are in 2 or quarters. The entire run of plays in that quarter was to set Goodwin on Brice one on one. They got it, and we all know the result. That's on the Packers, they know teams have seen Brice on video. I suppose it's a risk they have decided to take early in the game. Sometimes teams cannot cover their weakness.

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October 20, 2018 at 02:14 pm

I tend to agree. Probably a long completion isn't too bad of a result in that situation. I guess I would give a minus for allowing it to be a TD, but it wouldn't be a big minus. Throw hits Goodwin in stride and doesn't give Brice a chance to make up ground.

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jclombardi's picture

October 19, 2018 at 11:41 am

As usual you do a great game analysis and grades that is not even seen on the regular boring canned fluff Packers news. I just dont see McCarthy stopping the foreboding inevitable with the Packers missing too many pieces to make it to deep playoff run. Anyway, I agree it is the only Friday Packers news worth reading, and I hope that you can continue this work forever. Good luck!

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THE PACKERS PROPHET's picture

October 19, 2018 at 03:48 pm

This defense has shown me a lot that I love. There are no comeback wins without some very impressive second half performances. Very much so impressive. On more occasions than one this defense has MADE BIG PLAYS WHEN IT NEEDED TO!! And how exciting is this Kenny Clark guy??!! My man is out there PLAYING SOME FOOTBALL!!! It’s the first year with our new defensive coordinator and so far I have been left without lots of reason for excitement. It hasn’t been pretty all the time but the second half adjustments this team makes is down right impressive. Once we get Jaire Alexander back I think we can really make some noise. This group of cornerbacks is a buncha DAM DOGS!! These boys have had their growing pains but they are playing! Look at what Kevin King did on an island, HE WENT AND GOT IT! How refreshing was that! We are long accustomed to McCarthy era defenses making opposing QB’s look like Joe Montana, but this game was different in a sense we made the plays down the stretch. Tramon Williams has taken a lot of heat for his one bad play in particular. I think we need to rethink all of his criticism. Yes it’s his job to make that play, but as a whole Tramon has done exactly what he was brought here to do. By no means is he regularly being exposed. For a cornerback in the twilight of his career he has come in and played his role very well. Much like other corners down the stretch of their careers, they are indeed savy veterans, but nobody is perfect cmon. The great Revis comes to mind. When he was playing for New England he still was asked to do a lot and expected to play well. Now insert a Jordy Nelson slant route into the equation, and Revis looks as if he is running waist deep in mud with 73 pound weights tied to his ankles. I am proud of Tramon for his season so far and I stand by him all the way. I love this team. WE WILL DEFEAT THE RAMS I GUARENTEE IT !

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