Texans Strong Against Play-Action

November 12th, 2011

Among the gobs of statistical gibberish out there for fantasy football players and degenerate gamblers to wolf down, Joe found this somewhat interesting nugget from Paul Kuharsky on BSPN’s AFC South blog.

It seems play-action doesn’t phase the Texans’ defense, and Josh Freeman’s has tossed more picks on play-action than any other QB.

Tampa Bay’s play-action: The Texans have intercepted the most passes (five) and allowed the fewest yards per attempt (5.0) on play-action passes this season. That tells me guys have been disciplined about not biting on fakes. Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman has thrown the most interceptions (five) on play fakes this season. So this could be a nice match for Houston in that department. The pass rush could be limited, though, because the Buccaneers have protected Freeman rather well.

Now Joe’s not about to say this data means much, but Joe will say Freeman isn’t exactly known for selling the play-action fake very well. Joe thinks he could really improve in that area. Watching hours of film on Peyton Manning or Boomer Esiason might go a long way toward helping Freeman. 

4 Responses to “Texans Strong Against Play-Action”

  1. Dan Says:

    also, most of the play action picks came in games where there was no run going. no run going, means the back end of the defense doesnt need to bite because they trust the front four/seven to handle it. since they have all game

  2. 2goodbucs Says:

    The 15-20 plays that are preselected before the game by Olson has to go. This game is about what happens now on the field and how to make changes on the fly. Sticking to the script is making us fans cringe.

  3. Mauha Deeb Says:

    Freeman could use work on that definitely. He sells the run great when actually running but doesn’t do the same motion for play actions and pulls up too quick. If he did it the same both ways it would confuse the piss out of the opposing D.

  4. Tristan Berry Says:

    Or Steve DeBerg.