Re: Brday Sound FX !!
posted at 10/19/2013 10:09 AM EDT
In response to themightypatriots' comment:
Z - from those pics it was a high arcing ball that came down at the 37 yard line. Edelman was at the 38. I don't understand what you mean by Edelman should have cut his route off. Can you elaborate?
Mighty, it's called a fade.
On the play, the WR here has a "go" route (sometimes called a fly, or a streak, but we'll call it a go, only because I know Welker used to refer to it as go).
On a typical go route, you do what the name implies: you go.
If there is single deep zone coverage, you head to the side of field where there is no coverage. If it's your side, you cut away from the CB zone in some other pattern, if it is the oppsite side, you continue to go.
If you are in man-2-man coverage, or man-brackets, you might do a number of things. In this instance ... you fade. What that means is that the moment the QB sees the man-2-man coverage he is throwing a soft, arcing timing pass to a specific point upfield usually to the outside shoulder of the WR. The WR's job is to sell the go to the last second, fading his route at the end, where he turns to his outside shoulder, and makes his body as large as possible while getting underneath the pass.
You coach the player to act like a defender on this play as well.
What was it supposed to look like?
Try the winning pass in the game. That was a fade route to the corner IIRC. IF the WR had finished his route in the corner of the endzone not realizing he had a fade with single man coverage ... it probably could have been picked. It would have looked similar, with a WR three or four yards deeper than where the pass lands.
For some basic instruction, here are some QBs throwing fade routes. Watch ...everyone in this but one guy who turns too late odes the same thing ... they sell a "go" route, then turn around and catch the lob pass.
For an instance of the NE Patriots executing this correctly ... check the final play. It was a fade to Kenbrel Thompkins.
On a successfully executed fade route, there is very little chance of an INT unless you let the CB get underneath you, in which case he could ID it. In most scenarios if the CB notices the WR already has position. The CB may break the pass up, but in order to intercept the pass, he would have to drive through the WRs body, resulting in a PI call.
Given that NE runs this route into man coverage about 3-5 times a game to various WRs ... I'm shocked that people are reacting like this.
It's like the first time they've seen this team or something.
Or football ... you see this route in college all the time.
As far as whether Edelman is the right choice for a fade route ... you can judge that. NE's run this succesfully to Welker and Kevin Faulk, though taller WRs are obviously the better choice for running these types of routes.