A perfect defensive play against Seattle

What I'm about to show you here is one of the best plays by the Colts defense last game. Why this play is so great is that every defensive player does his job with perfect discipline. No one over reacts. They wait for their moment. The situation comes in the first quarter. It's 1st and Goal on the Colts 9. The Seahawks decide to run the ball with Lynch.

First let's take a look at the broadcast view of the play.

What we have is Lynch seeing gaps open just out of reach. This keeps him moving parallel with the line-of-scrimmage. But when he reaches the gap a Colts defender is there to plug it. Thus causing Lynch to continue moving to what he perceives as his next gap option.

Now let's look at the all-22 film.

Now that you've seen the play, let's break it down into screen grabs.


1) Lynch is just getting the ball. Lynch would like to run right up the middle, where the red arrow shows, but Redding has pushed his man into that gap and shut it off, and as a side note Redding has perfectly made sure his outside shoulder is free. Lynch will "settle" for the opening denoted by the yellow circle (where the play originally designs his to run to go towards). However, Angerer (shown by blue arrow) will effectively close that inside gap.


2) You can see Lynch wanted to go where the red arrow indicates, but as mentioned Angerer closed that gap. But Lynch is still moving at speed. He sees the big open hole next Erik Walden (blue arrow). Lynch moves that way.


3) However, Walden gets off his block and eliminates that immediate hole. The red arrow again shows what Lynch wanted to do. Now Lynch has to go way outside. The yellow circle where the hole keeps staying just out of reach. Since Lynch is still moving at high speed it should be an easy thing to get past Walden and hit the opening. The blue arrow denotes Bethea who closes to that hole in the next screen


4) Bethea has closed on the hole and moves on Lynch. Lynch has run out lanes and can't keep moving sideways. Bethea makes the tackle. The blue arrow denotes Toler who, if Bethea misses, will slow down Lynch enough for Erik Walden to make a tackle. The play result is a 2 yard loss on perfect execution and discipline by the defense.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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