Players Giving Up….

Players giving up….

Can’t help but re-watch yesterday game and notice that our secondary has literally given up on making a play.

The more alarming aspect is that this happened when we were trying to hold the lead and force the Giants to FG, which could have diminished our lead to 1pt.  What I would like to discuss is the Victor Cruz touchdown.

 Let’s break down what happened:
*please note that all images were extracted from NFL.Com*

3rd and 12 4th qtr roughly 6 minutes remaining
Ball on our 25yard line
Giants call Shotgun 3 Split wig wide
Hot WR is bradshaw running the drag

Nolan call 2 deep zone cover 0 Mike Tiger Blitz
Which we saw Burnett and Dansby blitzing
Allen, Smith and Wilson on man to man coverage
Bell and Culver were the two deep safeties.



We can see the pre set reads are made and Danbsy and Burnett are showing blitz.  We can also see the man to man coverage for CBs, which is shown in yellow.  It’s the Free Safety that plays the Robber and Culver was the over the top help, and Bell was playing his regular Box 1 underneath responsibility.

Play is set


Manning is looking for his prime match up, but can see Wilson making great strides against Mannginham, but notices a flaw right away with Will Allen.  Allen is turned in the wrong position allowing Manning to understand he will have an open WR.  Look at the play and you can see Allen is in terrible form and Manning locking down on Cruz.  Since Allen is breaking in the wrong direction all Cruz has to do is go underneath and he will be wide open. 



Cruz makes the catch with Allen at least 5 yards away from him.  Allen is veteran CB but this TD was his fault.  Why did he break to the outside where there was no indication that Cruz was going there is a great question that I would like to ask him.  However, what happens next is even worse.

I’ll give Will Allen credit he tried to make the tackle, but he must have gotten his notes from Clemons because he tried to tackle by the shoulder pads, which works in College and High school but not in the NFL.


Allen couldn’t make the tackle…but where are our two deep safeties.  Once again Nolan called the right play, but didn’t get his player to do anything.  We can see both of our Safeties are in prime position to make a play on the WR.

What happened to Culver? Well, he was doing his best Rashed Jones impression and just trying to fly and hit something….the only thing that took a hit with this attempt was Culver’s  pride.


What happened to Bell?


Right here Bell watching everyone trying to make a play and he’s not doing anything….if I was playing I would have closed on him, and tried my best to knock the ball loose, but Bell watched the play happen and then let Cruz walk into the endzone.



Allen and Culver are both down on the ground, and Bell could have leaped or tried something, instead he’s let up and allowed Cruz to do his dance.

In my eyes, yes this was the turning point to the game.  I know there will be a lot of discussion around who cares if we stopped them on the 5yrd line, they would have just eaten up the clock. You can’t play that game, if we held them to a FG we would have still been up by 1pt with the ball in our hands.   We could have milked the clock down and played the field position game.  However that wasn’t the case.  This was a rough game to swallow, and with our team losing two valid leads (11pts to the Giants and 15pts to the Broncos) and allowing the opposition to catch up has to be decrease our moral.  Nolan is putting his players in perfect position to make the play, but his players….no our players are not making the plays they need to.  Who’s fault is that…

Well that is what I’ll ask you.

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  • Lespaul

    This was the right call and credit Carol for that, but Allen should have pressed the middle of the field and not allowed Cruz to gain advantage in the open field….for Gods sake man!! Bell & Culver should have been there closing in though. Where the hell was Bell at?? Sorry didn’t see the game, but I also played FS and SS in my younger dayz in College. Dude you catch a slow and low ball over the middle like that and I would have knocked your teeth out. That was a shot you hoped would come your way. I saw a few highlights of Bush running wild, but I guess he never found the endzone. I also noticed the comments about lack of pass rush. So I reckon we couldn’t get the QB with the front 4 as usual??

  • jonesmoving

    Excellent breakdown again. This proves that even though the players say they aren’t giving up, their actions speak louder than words.

    3rd. & 12. Come on. The Dolphins had them but simply gave up in the end. When I originally watched that play, the one thing that stood out was the missed tackle by Allen but you’ve shown there was a lot more to it.

    The one thing to glean from the rest of the season is how individual players respond to the adversity this season has brought.

    Thanks again.

  • Bahamas

    Thanks my friend. The only player in the secondary that i saw playing with ‘heart’ was Wilson. it was his first start…so he played really well, although he did have some mistakes, but his wraps were perfect and he played with desire. The TD pas that i broke down was litterally hard to watch, i cant understand why Bell didn’t force the tackle. He’s gave up

  • Bahamas

    The best….BEST part of being a FS is when WR run through the middle of the field unprotected….as FS you get goose bumps cause you know you have a chance to make a play. Bell and Culver didn’t even want to play…and i dont understand why.

  • jonesmoving

    I liked Wilsons’ play as well. He’s making some rookie mistakes but starting as a rookie corner in the NFL that should be expected. He’s always around the ball which can’t be said about the rest of our secondary. If he continues to progress, being around the ball now could become turnovers later.

  • mscout99

    Solid analysis…..VERY solid analysis on this play.

    Yeah, the DB’s are pretty awful, and Wilson seemed to get a little better as the game went along. But what is happening to our pass rush? We’ve gone from a couple of years of being able to get to the QB consistently to barely being able to sniff the QB. Maybe I’m biased because I favor the 4-3, but is our personnel just not suited to the 3-4 anymore? I’m perplexed as to how Cameron Wake was able to dominate opposing OL’s to getting manhandled now. And forget anyone on the DL being productive anymore, either.

  • Bahamas

    Thanks for the feedback, and i do agree with you. With what was once thought of as our biggest asset is now being protrated as a solid weakness.
    Wake is either being over matched by the LT or being doubled team. Randy Starks has fallen and cant’ seem to get up…Odrick has shown flashes but its not consistent the list can go on. What’s worse is that our LB blitz package isn’t getting to the QB’s either…we are either too predictable or our players are giving up