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Clearing up the confusion with the Turner TD run


Aside from a really good game on defense, the play where Turner ran free has stood out, especially with who the blame should go to.  It all depends on the scheme, but between Sims and Foote it was probably Foote that messed up.  A lot of things went wrong for the Lions on that play though, not just at the LB level.  The way we were lined up, there were five of them (including Turner) vs. four of us, and if the Falcons all handled their assignments, they were really going to break one.
Starting with the DL:  Sammie Lee Hill just took himself out of the play.  When the gaurd pulled on his inside shoulder, Hill filled the gap, which was where the T blocking down on him wanted him to be anyway.  Easy block, 1 down.  The DE, Jason Hunter, was lined up so far outside the TE that he was an easy block too, leaving C gap completely vacated. 2 down, on to the next level.
The LBs:  There was both a gaurd and a FB coming hard to iso the linebackers, and both Sims and Foote played force on that play in B gap, instead of one of them playing scrape over to C gap.  With the gaurd coming to block Sims, Sims went to meet him in the hole, but he did it with the wrong shoulder.  If he had used his inside shoulder, he might've had a chance to close the hole in C and force the play inside the rest of the defense.  Well, he probably got it at least half right.  Either way, 3 down.  The gaurd had his FB coming right behind him, so with Sims plugging up B gap with the gaurd, instead of playing scrape over to the C gap, Foote just runs into the hole to meet the FB and took himself out of the play.  4 down, and C gap is wideeeeeee the F open, leaving Turner to run free to the next level: 
Secondary:  There were no problems with the scheme here.  No line up problems, no blocks, nothing.  The only problems were Hicks and Pearson (well, the other problem is Turner being fast as fuck and already up to full speed, but no excuses).  Both safeties were running free and should've made the play, but they took horrible angles and looked like they were scared to put their heads down and tackle the dude.  Even with the failure of the front 7, they should've been able to clean the play up for a modest gain, let's say 15 or 20 yards.  They just looked like 3rd stringers, which is what they should be.  Say what you will about Schweigert's pass defense, but at least he'll take a hit.  Buchanon was flying to even get close to Turner, but with all that had gone wrong it was too late. 
That's the anatomy of a 40 yard TD run, but that would've gone for a 99 yard TD if it had enough field.


Watch the play from the end-zone view to see what I mean, because the TV view is useless:

http://www.atlantafalcons.com/media_library/Videos/NFL_Network/2009/08/NFL_Network_-_Michael_Turner_Touchdown_-_8-15-09.aspx

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