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The Blocking: Preseason Game #1 Play-by-Play



The following is a description and account of the first two offensive possessions of the Steelers from Friday Night game against the Washington Redskins. While giving this play-by-play analysis I will focus on the offensive lie and the blocking for each play. I will also attempt to break down what the defense showed pre-play to further analyze the blocking. It will also include some commentary.

Drive #1:

             Play #1:

Offensive-line Personnel:

LT Johnathan Scott, LG Doug Legursky, C Maurkice Pouncey, RG Chris Scott, RT Willie Colon

Formation: Full house formation using Heath Miller and David Johnson as the fullbacks with Rashard Mendehall as the tailback.

The Play: Counter Right: Mendenhall takes a counter step left then begins the run to the right. Doug Legursky pull and does an excellent kick block on the defensive end, however David Johnson is caught in the pile and is tripped. This prevents him from getting the outside linebacker and setting the edge for Mendenhall. Mendenhall bounces it outside for a gain of 4 yards. Had Johnson not been taken out of the play this play appeared to be able to go for 8 yards or more.

              Play #2:

Offensive-line Personnel: LT Johnathan Scott, LG Doug Legursky, C Maurkice Pouncey, RG Chris Scott, RT Willie Colon

Formation: Single-back Bunch left

The Play: The defense showed left side pressure but brought six with a delayed blitz up the middle. Rashard does not see the middle linebacker coming up the middle however Ben has just enough time to throw to a single covered Antontio Brown who makes a nice adjustment and completes a 19 yard play.

               Play #3:

Offensive-line Personnel: LT Johnathan Scott, LG Doug Legursky, C Maurkice Pouncey, RG Chris Scott, RT Willie Colon

Formation: Single-back 21 personnel ( 2TE and 1RB) balanced, Heath Miller on the right and David Johnson on the left. 2 WR Antonio Brown

The Play: 1st down, The defense shows a 6 man blitz before the snap. Play action run to the right side, Willie Colon and Chris Scott both get beat. Colon gets beat by speed while Chris Scott gets beat by pour footwork while trying to move right. Ben is able to recognize this and dumps it off to Mendenhall but is tackle for no gain. The other offesive-linemen had their hat on the red jerseys blocking well.Play #4:

               Play #4:

Offensive-line Personnel: LT Johnathan Scott, LG Doug Legursky, C Maurkice Pouncey, RG Chris Scott, RT Willie Colon

Formation: Single-back 3 WR and 1 TE lied up on the left side, the wide receivers are Antonio Brown on the right Mike Wallace on the Left with Hines Ward in the slot.

The Play: 2nd down, defense shows a 4 man blitz before the snap, Pass play. The interior linemen, Legursky, Pouncy and Scott bunch up the NT and a DE in the middle. Johnathan Scott has Heath help to block the Linebacker, and Willie has Rashard's help on the DE. It is a really clean pocket and Ben goes deep left to Wallace who is 5 yards behind the DB but he over throws him by 2-3 yards.

                Play #5:

Offensive-line Personnel: LT Johnathan Scott, LG Doug Legursky, C Maurkice Pouncey, RG Chris Scott, RT Willie Colon

Formation:  Empty Set ,Shotgun 4WR, (Antionio Brown right, Mike Wallace left, Hines Ward left slot and Tyler Gresham slot right) 1 TE lined up on the left side, Heath.

The Play: 3rd down, the Defense before the snap shows a heavy blitz up the right side middle and right-side. The defense sends 5 including a delay blitz on the left side by a defensive back. Johnahan Scott, Pouncey and Colon each have their guy, Legursky is uncovered and decides immediately to help Chris Scott (the right side guard) with his man. Legursky  never looked left which is his side so never saw the delay blitz. Ben hit but able to get rid of the ball. Legursky broke one of the top rules for pass protection which is be sure your side is good before you decide to help the other side.

Drive #2:

             Play #1:

Offensive-line Personnel: LT, Johnathan Scott, RG, Ramon Foster, C, Maurkice Pouncey,LG, Chris Scott and RT Willie Colon

Formation: Single-back 21 personnel left, (John Gilmore farthest from the line and David Johnson nearest.)  2 WR, Antonio Brown goes in motion from right two left and Mike Wallace lined up on the right. Redman in the backfield.

The Play: Defense shows 6 man blitz before the snap. WR flanker screen. C. Scott and Pouncey show good ability to get down and across the field to attempt pick up two LB,  David Johnson fails to block a DB. Brown forced to make a move but  Pouncey can’t pick up the LB whose is running towards the left sideline, he ends up making the tackle. Play would have been different if Johnson had picked up initial block.

              Play #2:

Offensive-line Personnel: LT, Johnathan Scott, RG, Ramon Foster, C, Maurkice Pouncey,LG, Chris Scott and RT Willie Colon

Formation: Single-back Bunch right,  2 TE (John Gilmore at the top of the bunch and David Johnson on the left) 1WR (Antonio Brown on the right of the bunch)

The Play: 2nd down, defense shows a 5 man blitz before the snap. Off-tackle right run, backside guard Fost gets beat but this is irrelevant to the play. Chris Scott and David Johnson reach to the second level very nicely to pick up backers. Willie Colon lows the end out of the play, Johnson does a good job of following blockings basic rule turn your backside to the hole. However John Gilmore does not do the same and his man is able to shed the block and make the tackle not before Gilmore helps Redmen push the pile for a gain of 6 yards. This is what you like to see blocking form whistle to whistle.

              Play #3:

Offensive-line Personnel: LT, Johnathan Scott, RG, Ramon Foster, C, Maurkice Pouncey,LG, Chris Scott and RT Willie Colon

Formation: I formation ( fullback Jamie McCoy) 1 TE left (David Johnson) 2 WR Antonio Brown right ad Mike Wallace left.

The Play: David Johnson is motioned from left to right, pitch right run. Pouncey and Colon are able to reach block and get a hat on a the LBs. McCoy makes a good enough block on the outside man however C. Scott gets beat and his man disrupts the play. Scott attempted to attack the defender straight on (first step was with his left foot forward) instead of flowing right( first step should have been a sliding step with the right to get in front of the defender trying to follow the play) and waiting for the defender to engage this cause his footwork to fail and him to lose leverage.

              Play #4:

Offensive-line Personnel: LT, Johnathan Scott, RG, Ramon Foster, C, Maurkice Pouncey,LG, Chris Scott and RT Willie Colon

Formation: Single Back Bunch right , 1 TE(Johnson o the inside of the bunch), 3 WR (Antonio Brown at the top of the bunch, Tyler Grisham on the outside of bunch and Mike Wallace on the left of the line. Off- Tackle run to the weak side. Johnathan Scott screws up footwork ( the defender moves left, Scotts first step is leftward with the right foot which makes his hips perpendicular to the line ad he loses leverage. Redman is able to cutback thank to great base blocking by the backside guard and tackle Colon and Scott and by David Johnson. Tyler Grisham does a good job blocking down field. Redman gains ten even though the defense was stack on that side. The play would have gotten more had it wet to the weakside like intended.

Play #5:

Offensive-line Personnel: LT, Johnathan Scott, RG, Ramon Foster, C, Maurkice Pouncey,LG, Chris Scott and RT Willie Colon

Formation: Single-back, 3WR and 1 TE (Johnson)

The Play:1st down,a pass the defense brings 5 with a LB on a delay blitz. Every O-line is winning the one-on-one except Johnathan Scott who had Johnson in to help. Redman identifies and picks up the delay nicely. Leftwich is able to step up and throw to Brown who is behind the DB but it is over thrown by a yard.

Play #6:

2nd down, Flanker screen to Wallace who can't make Hall miss no chance of blocking.

Play #7:

Offensive-line Personnel: LT, Johnathan Scott, RG, Ramon Foster, C, Maurkice Pouncey,LG, Chris Scott and RT Willie Colon

Formation: Shotgun 4WR with a TE in the Backfield.

The Play: 3rd down, the NT lines up on the left side of Pouncey and the LE lines up head up Colon. The NT runs a Tackle Backer stunt, Pouncey recognizes it and picks up the LB on the left side. C. Scott however broke the GOLDEN RULE OF BLOCKING which is protect form the inside out. Scott from the start of the play never took his eyes off the End head up Colon by the time he saw Colon had him he was out of position to block the NT who had stunted and he got the sack.

The Negatives:Chris Scott looked like a 2nd year man who spent half of last year on the PUP he forgot his blitz pick up and got sloppy on his footwork. Johnathan Scott looked like a tackle who is going to struggle against the extremes speed and power but if he focuses on his footwork it is correctable. Legursky screw up a blitz coverage but it is a very fixable mistake. Giligan need to improve blocking technique.

The Positives: Legursky had a very nice pull reminding me of a former #66, Johnson also had some very technical blocks and was used frequently to do so. Pouncey and Colon though had to be the highlight of the O-line. Colon though struggling against speed looked every bit the run blocker he was, blowing people of the line and hitting the second level nicely. Pouncey continued to so his skill being both athletic enough to get to the second level and aware enough to consistently pick up the blitz. Who also stood out blocking wise was Redman, he had great vision to see the blitz and used his size t take advantage of blocking he seems to have the whole package I I believe Redman will have a break out year. I am talking 600+ rushing yards as he gets more carries spelling Mendenhall and has an improved O-line. This is good because the game also highlighted the fact that the Young Money crew can't be guarded as Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown both burned the corners. If these small mental errors and footwork errors are worked on I am very encouraged by the play. Can't wait to see improvement against Philly.

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