Communication BreakdownOctober 3rd, 2012
There are few better sources to tap into than former Bucs defensive lineman Steve White. The dude really knows how to explain Xs and Os so Joe Six Pack can absorb the information. And he’s been doing it this season with the new “All-22” coaches film available to fans on NFL.com.
White also brings to light what is good — and bad — about about the All-22 film. The bad thing? The film doesn’t tell the whole story.
For those who do not know about “All-22” is, it is game film with angles — end zone and overhead — that include all 22 players on the screen (hence, All-22, get it?) and you can see how plays develop and/or fall apart. It’s a great feature that gets fans about as close to a coach’s room this side of One Buc Palace.
Now there were two massive breakdowns with the Bucs defense on Washington’s final drive, and White, using many screencaps from the All-22, tries to explain what went wrong for the Bucs.
Here’s the thing, no matter who is at fault on either of these plays this just can’t happen during the two minute drill. It CAN’T!
I don’t know how much the Bucs practice two minute drill during the week but the only blitzes you run during such a critical time of the game are the ones the players have shown you they know in their sleep. There is no excuse for this happening not once, but twice, at the end of the game.
What White essentially outlines with images and commentary is that unless a viewer knows exactly what play was called — and no one outside of One Buc Palace likely will ever know — a finger can’t be pointed at a specific player for blowing coverage or blowing an assignment.
While All-22 is great, it often will mislead an untrained eye and not answer many assignment questions. One can see a failed play for the defense but many times no one off the field will ever know the full story.