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Breaking Down Every Marcus Mariota
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29.05.19 05:20
laiyongcai92 
Breaking Down Every Marcus Mariota

Breaking Down Every Marcus Mariota Interception from 2017: #6 (vs CIN) The Titans came out for their Week 10 showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals at Nissan Stadium Kevin Byard Jersey White , ready to play their third of four consecutive AFC North match-ups.A win would mean the franchiseís first four-game winning streak since 2009. In this game, Marcus Mariota threw his 6th interception of the 2017 season. If you havenít read any of the previous breakdowns, I suggest spending a little time at the below links before continuing with this article.Breaking Down Every Marcus Mariota Interception from 2017: IntroductionBreaking Down Every Marcus Mariota Interception from 2017: #1 (at JAX)Breaking Down Every Marcus Mariota Interception from 2017: #2 (at HOU)Breaking Down Every Marcus Mariota Interception from 2017: #3 (at HOU)Breaking Down Every Marcus Mariota Interception from 2017: #4 (vs IND)Breaking Down Every Marcus Mariota Interception from 2017: #5 (vs BAL)The SituationTennessee opened the game with a 10-play, 84-yard touchdown drive. A couple of possessions later, the offense managed to go 69 yards on 11 plays, but Succop missed a field goal try. One more first-half touchdown drive extended the Titans lead to 14-6.It seemed like the offense was finally starting to find their rhythm in this contest. Mariota opened the game 9/12 for 94 yards passing and added a couple of big runs with some nice reads/option pitches.What HappenedAfter recovering a botched Bengals snap at the Tennessee 13-yard line, the Titans took possession with 1:56 remaining in the first half riding a red-hot start to the game. Marcus Mariota was looking as dialed-in as he had at any point thus far this season and appeared ready to march the team down for another score before halftime.It took just one play to completely flip the script of this game.Running their next play from the 3-yard line, the Bengals managed to punch it into the end zone to make the score 14-13.The PlaycallIn their two-minute offense, the Titans came out with a Shotgun Doubles formation in 11 personnel (1 back, 1 tight end). Iíll admit to a certain amount of guess work with this particular playcall, because I suspect that the receivers on the left of the formation did not run the correct route combination.Iíve drawn the routes the way they played out. I suspect they were trying some type of rub between Eric Decker and Corey Davis on the left side, trying to free up Davis on the post route.If Iím correct in my diagnosis, I believe the idea was to have a man-beater concept on the left combined with a zone-beater on the right. Just like we saw in the previous interception against Baltimore, with combo man/zone-beaters, the quarterback must determine first if the opponent is in man or zone coverage and then determine the read from there.The Bengals run a very standard Cover 2 Zone in a 4-2 nickel set, which plays right into the hands of the Titansí playcall.The Titansí zone-beater route combination is to the right side of the formation, so naturally, Mariota takes the snap, looks left, stays left, and throws into coverage.Although the pre-snap alignment was quite different Wesley Woodyard Jersey , this defensive look is extremely similar to the zone coverage that Houston used to intercept Mariota twice in one half.What Went WrongTo be quite honest, this is one of the worst throws of Mariotaís young career.A freeze-frame look at the Bengalsí Cover 2 Zone and the Titansí route spacing.The Bengals make no attempts to disguise their Cover 2 defense. Itís clear and obvious, both before the snap and after. Yet Mariotaís attention never diverts from the left side of the field, where two receivers are running less than four yards apart for the majority of the play.What Mariota Should Have DoneMeanwhile, on the other side of the formation, the Titans zone-beater concept works to perfection. Rishard Matthews runs a deep curl, which both pulls the cornerback away from the flat and, by not running too deep, keeps that cornerís attention away from Delanie Walker.Walker backfills the zone recently vacated by Matthews, and with no defenders there to pick him up, is wide open with a lane to get out of bounds quickly and stop the clock.Walker is the clear and obvious read on this play, given the zone coverage.I do take much exception to the route combination on the left side of the field. What in the heck are Corey Davis and Eric Deckerís routes, as ran, meant to accomplish? Aside from allowing one cornerback to cover two receivers, these routes serve no schematic purpose. Had Eric Deckerís route instead called for him to break outside at the point where he stops and turns back to Mariota, either he wouldíve carried the nickel corner with him outside and freed up an open passing lane for Davis, or he wouldíve been wide open coming out of

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