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EJ Manuel's four interception performance wasn't quite as bad as it sounds. In truth when looking at the four throws that the Buccaneers were able to take as turnovers, they weren't all horrendous throws. I'll take you through the picks, the sacks, and some of the things that Manuel will have to work on.
When the Buffalo Bills drafted EJ Manuel much was made of his ability to run the football. There's been talk of the read-option. It's been pointed out that Manuel can be a very effective passer on the move. The battle for the Bills coaching staff will be teaching him when to throw, and when to tuck and run. Manuel shows an ability to get away from pressure, and more often than not, it's with one go-to move.
On the first possession of the game, Manuel spins away from an unchecked rusher and scrambles for a positive gain. This backspin is something we've seen plenty of times this year. (Remember the injury in Cleveland?). We see it early here as well.*
*If Manuel was able to convert this into a first down, I think it'd have been challenged because his elbow touched the ground, making him down by contact.
It's a good sign though, right? Manuel can get away when he needs to. However, what you see in this game is that he was too quick to bail on plays and get out of the pocket.
The Bills first points of the game came on a field goal after a failing to get into the endzone. This portion of the game wasn't on television so it's possible this is the first you'll see of this. The Bills have Stevie Johnson lined up in the slot, with Darelle Revis lined up across him.
Revis plays off and soft on this play (and actually falls down), and Johnson cuts to the middle of the field. While this happens in the secondary, the Bucs bring pressure from the right side.
Lavonte David (54) comes as the free rusher right at Manuel.
Stevie makes his break. Manuel has 5 yards (which I'm sure would have closed in a microsecond) but instead goes to the go-to escape move that we see, and he runs himself right out of the pocket into the rushing DE (and David who stayed with him as well).
It's a 10 yard loss on the play and after failing to get it back the Bills settle for a Field Goal.
Manuel pulled the same spin-escape on one of his four interceptions. The throw that was completed to Robert Woods, then jarred loose and caught showed his rush to leave what was a good spot.
Tampa drops into a Cover 2 zone, which they played quite often throughout the day. The Bills had some success throwing to Woods, Johnson, and Hogan underneath the zone, but on this play Manuel seems to feel that internal clock and leave, when he doesn't have to.
The two outside WRs run up the field and stretch the zone along the sidelines while both Johnson (running to that white circle) and Woods (arrowed route) try to find spots to squat underneath as well. Johnson turns and posts up...and Woods does similarly.
Manuel doesn't make a throw to the right side for either Johnson or Woods (who has a tighter window with the LB). There are two safeties back deep, with the MLB dropping deep as well into a Tampa 2 look. If Manuel is thinking of throwing to Woods here, Lavonte David (54) is ready for it, reading his eyes. Protection holds up and Woods slips in behind him and continues to the left.
Manuel's spin move can be a tool to use when escaping a rush, but there's a big drawback. He turns his back to his receivers and has to square around again. Instead of standing in the pocket, setting his feet and making a throw to Woods who breaks open, the throw is delayed a bit. It's a tougher throw (and it's accurate), but those few yards that Woods covers while waiting lead him into the Bucs defender who jars the ball loose. You could easily ask that Robert Woods hold on to the football, but a more patient and composed Manuel on this play likely leads to a completion earlier, and a better outcome.
Seven sacks, four interceptions, and an offensive line that had its share of breakdowns could get any QB into a panicky mindset. EJ Manuel appeared to be out of sorts all day.
Some throws came too quickly (in addition to what we saw above). Watch as Robert Woods runs open over the middle, but Manuel throws off target to a covered TJ Graham.
Woods is there, and there's time to make the throw.
Some throws didn't come at all. I have no way of knowing if his first, second, or third read is to the receiver at the top of the screen on this route, but it's available.
That's Darelle Revis in man coverage with his back to the play. Instead of looking to escape, stand and deliver. This is a first down left on the board. It's possible that the primary target on this play is Scott Chandler over the middle. Chris Hogan runs a go route out of the slot while Robert Woods does the same from the near sideline. The near side safety buzzes down toward the line and then backs off, while the man lined up over Chandler (X) goes in on the rush, while the defender standing to his right drops (showing blitz) drops back into man coverage on Chandler.
Chandler is covered pretty well from the start, and the safety on the near side of the field shades over toward Woods, but by the time Manuel would even think of throwing it there, he's had to scramble because of the breakdown.
Protection here isn't good enough to get any sort of look at Chandler down the field, but there was a throw to be made to Marquise Goodwin early. The collapse at right guard forces Manuel to roll out left, and again that leads him outside of the pocket and into the sack.
It starts to look like the loss to the Jets at some point. Nothing is working offensively, and the opposing defense seems to know they can get him to move out of the pocket, or panic quickly.
Obviously we all wonder if the OC can do something to help out. Can the receivers make more plays? Stevie Johnson has cost the team possession twice in the last two weeks (with the fumble in Toronto, and a pick that really should have been caught). Then there are other questions....Just what is Robert Woods obligation on the Darrelle Revis sack?
Tampa drops into their zone while Darrelle Revis, lined up on Robert Woods, comes clean on a DB blitz. Fred Jackson slides over to get the LB coming off the right edge, leaving Revis unmarked.
Woods continues up the field, directly into that zone as it sets up. One would wonder if he isn't supposed to just squat down in this spot, or why it wouldn't be in the offense to do so?
As Revis closes in, Woods is still running straight up the field and into the zone. There's a window on the other side of the field as Stevie Johnson is available at the 30. It's a tough throw, but I think it's there. Woods never turns. He's been uncovered for a full 10 yards, but there's no adjustment to be made on that play? If Manuel throws the ball to Woods, as the route is originally designed, he's at risk of the DB that's dropped into the zone jumping it. Robert Woods is essentially covered here, by choice. You want to throw it where they ain't, right? Well Woods runs directly into the defense from a previously uncovered spot. I don't know if it's on him, or the offensive design to build in a better plan. These vertical routes here are something that you'll see in lots of offenses (obviously), but for me, this looks like the first Jets loss. Manuel was under attack and frequently the offense didn't seem to have an answer. Sometimes he misses throws...but other times you feel like the design might hang him out to dry.
The offense was offensive.
Miscommunication appeared to be a major problem. Is it on EJ or the receivers? There were two obvious cases. First up Manuel drops and looks to his right, ready to fire. Problem is, the receivers don't appear to know the play.
The line run blocks. Does Fred Jackson think he's getting the ball here? Stevie Johnson thinks it's a run play. The receiver up top (Goodwin I think) runs half speed, and seems to change his mind halfway through while Woods on the bottom of the screen runs a slant. It's a broken play. Who makes the mistake?
Bad news...it wasn't the worst offense.
What. Is. This?!?!!?
At the top of the screen is Robert Woods. He's not on the same page. Stevie Johnson on the bottom of the screen at least looks back, but it appears that this is a play-action pass to Robert Woods. Manuel comes around and looks for him...another near disaster.
Hodge Podge of Horror
Protection breakdowns? Check.
Missed targets? Check.
Endzone angle seems to show the pass is intended for Graham (official scorer thought so as well) and not Chandler.
Missed targets as a result of a low snap that's then dropped, which must have thrown Manuel off so much so that he missed a wide open Robert Woods right in front of him and didn't throw to him? Check.
Evaluating this offensive performance it's tough to say who played well. Manuel was sacked 7 times, but a few came when there simply wasn't anything positive to get done. Much like the Jets game the line faltered late when in obvious passing situations. Add occasional breakdowns to a skittish QB who isn't making throws, holding the ball too long, and leaving the pocket before it's necessary and you've got a disastrous day.
1 - Off Stevie's Hands. Johnson's fault.
2 - Pass to TJ Graham. He's covered. A terrible decision.
3 - Intended for Stevie Johnson...could have been defensive holding.
4 - Pass to Woods from above
There were some good throws (really there were), but overall QB was not close to good enough. The team needs better from him, and he could use a little help.
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