Checking the Boxes with Justin Fields (VIDEOS)

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A few game notes: The Dolphins play heavier man defense than most teams. They also play the same defensive structure as the Bears, a 4-3 Tite front with their three down lineman hogging all four total A and B gaps. Just like the offense likes to “add an extra hat” when they allow their QB to run the ball, the defense can hopefully “gain an extra gap” if three guys are occupying 4 gaps allows another back 7 defender to be “free” of coming down to maintain one of the gaps, in most cases. Behind that 3-4 front more times than not is a two high safety structure. When and where those safeties “spin” to after the ball is snapped is up to the call and possible pressure being used, but post snap rotations scramble QB brains much more often. 

Secondly: I don’t know how often Sean DeSai plays man defense, but at least Justin Fields would have been familiar seeing this general structure frequently in practice. (Practice? Not a game…practice?) Fields had an okay first half, and did put some excellent touch on both a throw to Jesse James where he fell down, and the deep corner shot to the sidelines. We can nitpick both all we want, but corner route throws you see in “Smash” concepts have a higher level of difficulty than just flipping a slant to somebody 15 yards away. 

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Could we split hairs on this throw? Sure. That’s a deep corner route to the field run a little more vertical than at a straight 45-degree angle. Think about under the umbrella of a back shoulder type of throw. The Dolphins nickel corner is playing air tight defense and getting his hands in the receiver’s cage. Another yard further and it’s a catch. I’d give that throw an A- regardless. 

***We’re gonna use the two plays that have an All-22 view. During the broadcast former Bears QB broke down the routes. I will add on and try and help with the defense. ***

In addition, if you want to get a little bit of inside zone dissection, I have two plays back to back that get a bit nuanced, but you’ll be happy you watched. I mean, what else are you doing on a Friday night? 

JUSTIN FIELDS ON THE MOVE

FIELDS FIRST TOUCHDOWN AS A BEAR 

FIELDS PASSING TOUCHDOWN

Bonus D Footage – SHUTTING GAPS AGAINST THE RUN

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