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Positive Defensive Plays (Part 2) – Titans – Week 6 (Colts)

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Welcome to Part 2 of our Positive Defensive Plays film breakdown, with the Tennessee Titans defense facing off against the Indianapolis Colts.  Please make sure to check out Part I of our film breakdown.  We delve into positive reviews in this article and see which players stood out in the game.  



The Titans perform extremely good defense on this third down play to force an incomplete pass.  The main aspect of this play is made by the defensive end, as he performs a stunt on the offensive line.   Instead of attacking the C gap, he goes behind the defensive tackle, and attacks the A gap, which forces the offensive lineman to switch assignments.  These types of stunts perform better against inexperienced offensive lines because their communication skills aren’t top notch during the play, and therefore it’s harder for them to switch blocks.  Logan Ryan does a good job covering Hilton on the coverage, but Brissett is forced to throw the ball early because of the pressure. 


A horrible play turns into a good play because of a fumble.  Avery Williamson gets lost in coverage because the tight end runs a double move on him in the middle of the field and runs for a first down, before Williamson recovers and forces the fumble.  This is a good route by Doyle, as he fakes a cut back route, and then continues with a slant, and finds himself open for the pass.   The Titans defense does a great job rushing to the ball and recovering, because far too often defenses will relax once the offensive player is on the ground.  



An exotic blitz by the Titans and it results in an intentional grounding penalty against the Colts.  The blitz is fairly simple, as it’s all about confusing the offensive line with the assignments.  The linebackers blitz with slight delays which causes at least one offensive lineman to pick the wrong assignment.  In this case, the center decides to double team a pass rusher, instead of taking on the blitzing defender running right towards him.  This is where the lineman is getting confused, because the center knows that the right guard is free to pick up the blitzing defender, therefore allowing the center to double another rusher.  However, the center doesn’t factor in the second blitzing linebacker, which forces the right guard to pick one guy, and let the other have a free run at the QB.  These types of blitzes are hard to defend when done sporadically because the line can’t always wait for blitzes.  Rex Ryan, in his Jets’ heyday was known for pulling these types of blitzes on a regular basis, to the point that teams were prepared for them at crucial times of the game.  This is a great set up by the Titans because it went counter to the type of blitzes they were performing earlier in the game.  


A big stop for the defense, and a great play by Logan Ryan, as he stops the running back in the backfield.  Earlier in these articles we saw the hesitation caused by mobile QBs, but in this case, Ryan goes straight for the running back and brings him down.   A great play by the defense, and an aggressive play as well. 



The play that pretty much ended the game, where Wesley Woodyard runs down Jacoby Brissett in the open field and prevents the first down on this fourth down play.  Brissett looked as if he had a shot at the first down when he first starts running but Woodyard doesn’t give up on the play and chases him down with a very good angle to push him out of bounds just before the first down marker. 

This is a good game against the Colts, although it wasn’t without fault for the defense.  There are instances where the team tends to let tight ends run free far too often, but they made enough plays in this game to pull out a victory.   Please check back later for other breakdowns, and don’t forget to follow us on social media. 

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