It's Pryor Time and he didn't disappoint as he led the Raiders to their 2nd win of the season and perhaps the first "valid" win since that first win was against the struggling the Jaguars. Not only was it a win against the hated Chargers, but the way in which the Raiders performed in the first half made Raiders' fans forget that this is a "Rebuilding Year" and visions of the imminent Return to Glory surged thru us all.
This is a look at 5 of Pryor's passing plays. Some good, some not-so-good and some showing areas that need to be improved. For as far as Pryor has come in the past two years, it's clear that he still has a long way to go to become "His Final Form." But even in this game when compared to the Preseason or even in Week 1 of the regular season, Pryor is showing growth. For instance, it's good to see him let loose and hurl the ball sometimes instead of seeming to "guide" it all the time, aiming it like a dart. He drilled the ball a few times and showed some great arm strength.
The next step is going to be key, though, and will be even more difficult. He will need to ascend to the next level mentally. Olson will be opening the playbook more and more and giving additional responsibilities to Pryor and Pryor will then be required to make more and quicker reads, to understand what defenses are doing and to have a clear idea of where he wants to go with the ball.
As he begins his ascent, there will be Growing Pains. In QB terms, he's still in his infancy, still developing and maturing and it's probably a good thing that the Raiders are slowly giving him responsibilities in this offense. But that means we should expect some mistakes, some mis-reads, and some so-called "Rookie Errors." That's what you get when you have a QB who still doesn't have a full season worth of starts under his belt.
I can't recall a QB who has shown this type of In-Season, early development. There have been rookies who make tremendous splashes like Wilson and Kaepernick. And there have been the short exciting streaks from young QBs like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tebow. But Pryor is a case of a guy who looked like just a raw athlete that could throw the ball (last year) to a guy who looks like a Legit QB that is just getting ready to emerge. He's not just having a few good games, he's showing substantial, noticeable growth as a player.
Still, as Raiders fans, we should be careful to temper our expectations just a little bit. He's not yet emerged and still has a long way to go. And while he's shown so much to all of us (and proven many a doubter wrong so far), it's going to get increasingly difficult for him in the near future. Since he's shown such rapid and dramatic development, we'd naturally expect that to continue and to continue at that pace; that's almost impossible.
The Next Level of Terrelle Pryor is that mental aspect of the game and this is going to happen as defensive coordinators begin to get a feel for what Pryor strengths and weaknesses. These first few games have garnered scouting tape and are now providing tendencies to DCs. These opponents can tell what Pryor sees and what he misses as plays unfold and they are going to attack that until he can make them pay.
The five plays here are not comprehensive by any means, but they do give a little idea of some of what Pryor may need to work on, as well as an indication as to what tactics the Opposition may use.
For instance, the Chargers used containment rushes on Pryor to keep him in the pocket and then crush the pocket instead of aggressively crashing through gaps. They also used spies, including (at least) once where they used TWO spies. They disguised coverages alot by showing Cover-2 and then aggressively sending a safety low to cover. They sent a CB blitz.
There's going to be quite a bit on Pryor's plate in the balance of the season. It's gong to be great to watch. For now, have a look at these plays.
Play #1 TD Denarius
It's 1st and goal and the Raiders are up by 7 already. The Raiders will execute a toss-fake, rollout pass and this is intended to get the defenders flowing one way and to throw to a cleared out backside. But the Chargers defense reacts very quickly and the coverage defenders maintain their discipline so few defenders are really faked out of position.
There are a few things that go well for the Raiders. The threat of Pryor running to the corner is immediate and relevant. This forces gets the attention of the 2nd level defenders and forces them to make quick decisions.
Denarius Moore was never a really viable target. He was very well covered throughout this play and the CB Richard Marshall made a terrible mistake in overruning Moore in the corner and then slipped when he tried to recover. It is difficult to count on the defense making a mistake like that.
Manti Teo tries to grab and hold Mastrud and instead falls down to the ground. There was a viable target in Mastrud running wide open in the back of the endzone nearly the entire play, but Pryor was fixed on Moore. Why?
Recall that in a similiar type situation in Preseason, Pryor jumped and threw across his body into the middle, for a terrible Red Zone interception. The lesson from that is to not throw across the body into the middle of the field, especially in the Redzone. Protect the ball and make the safe play. Here's an image album of that play (sorry no time to break it down) : Pryor Rollout Pass v DAL, 2013 Preseason Week 1
And that is a nice evolution. Still, there are some important differences in the two plays. Here, the entire area is clear;there is no pressure on Pryor so he can set his feet; and there is a (relatively) safe throw to Mastrud towards the endline.
As he matures and as his vision improves and as the entire game begins to slow down for him, he will probably start seeing and hitting these easy throws. This is a simple "Y-Pop" if he sees it early in the play.
On a side note, Manti Teo had some significant early difficulties in covering TEs. The Chargers would adjust and put Eric Weddle on Mychal Rivera.
Still 1 : Pre-Snap Run Fake
The Line blocks to the left as Pryor and Rashad Jennings execute a fake toss play to the left. This forces a reaction from the Chargers' 2nd/3rd levels as the move to make the run-fits.
Still 2 : Receiver Matchups
The Raiders will fake the run and send 3 into the pattern (Mastrud, Olawale, and Moore). Rod Streater will stay in to block. The safeties are playing up close to the line of scrimmage so there is no "deep" help. The run fake combined with Pryor's rollout forces reactions from safeties and linebackers, leaving the defenders in single coverage with little (no) coverage help.
On this play, there will be three major failings on the Chargers' defense. The most notable was at the end of the play, which we all saw; however, there were two others that totally compromised the coverage integrity : LB Manti Teo and CB Derek Cox.
Still 3 : Receiver Routes
Mastrud will run a square-in while Denarius runs a corner. Olawale will cross behind the line of scrimmage and then release in downfield on a wheel route, forcing LB Donald Butler to cross traffic to cover him.
Pryor's rollout action will force four defenders to chase and protect the QB run as well as the pass.
Still 4 : Run Fake, Defenders' Eyes
Pryor gives the toss fake and Four key defenders are watching and reacting to Jennings.
Still 5 : Run Fake, Reactions
Defenders will take initial false steps which should put them into compromising positions and allow the receivers to have single matchups.
Still 6 : Pryor Keeper, Defenders' Eyes
Pryor keeps the ball and rolls out. This could be a QB keeper and so the defenders have to react that way, especially since the Front Corner of the Endzone is undefended. Four defenders have shifted from Jennings to Pryor and are now reacting. A Fifth defender has coverage responsibility on Olawale and is chasing him down.
Notice the discipline on the backside, protecting against a possible throwback (Jennings).
Also notice Nix picking up the backside rusher to give Pryor more time on his rollout.
Still 6 : Pryor Keeper, Routes and Reactions
The Safety Marcus Gilchrist is running to Protect the Pylon. There are two other frontline defenders running across the field keying on Pryor.
A key defender is CB Derek Cox. He was man-covering Rod Streater. Since Streater stayed in to block the OLB #51 Larry English, Cox is left in space. He will react to Pryor and run to protect the endzone line, but this will now totally vacate the middle of the field of defenders.
Notice the Mastrud-Teo matchup on the left side. Teo already has a (hard-to-see) grasp of Mastrud's left shoulder pad.
Still 7 : Pryor Keeper Continued, Defenders Reaction
Again, 4 defenders reacting to Pryor's threat to run.
Still 8 : Pryor Keeper Continued, Routes
Pryor is looking to pass and keying on Moore.
Mastrud will now cross behind the defense into the vacated area as Manti Teo holds on for dear life. Interestingly, the Back Judge is staring right at Teo yanking Mastrud's jersey. (no flag). Note that this is (at least) the 2nd obvious time that Teo has been grabbing and jerking a jersey; the first time he was called on Pass Interference against Rivera (declined b/c of the completion).
Still 8 : Pryor Set Up to Throw
Four defenders are protecting the endzone from the threat of a run, but Pryor is setting up to pass. He's looking at Moore who is well-covered in the corner. There is a huge gap behind the first level of the defense as all the defenders have run upfield
Manti Teo has fallen down (and can't get up), leaving Mastrud wide open.
Still 9 : Moore Open
Moore's defender (CB Richard Marshall) makes a mistake and overruns the play in the corner and then slips when trying to recover. This leaves Moore wide open.
Note, due mostly to the way in which Marshall moved, it may appear that Denarius pushed off on him. The close-ups indicate this was not true (Moore's hands were never on Marshall's back) and we can also see that the ref is staring directly at the play (though as we've also seen, that's no guarantee of a proper call).
Still 10 : Moore Coverage Closeup
Note, due mostly to Richard Marshall's movements, it may appear that Denarius pushed off on him. The close-ups indicate this was not true (Moore's hands were never on Marshall's back) and we can also see that the ref is staring directly at the play (though as we've also seen, that's no guarantee of a proper call).
Still 11 : Moore Open Closeup
Play #2 Run the Hook or the Out, Not Both
1st-and-10 and this is a pretty basic play but shows some of the ongoing problems that the Raiders face. Denarius will run a simple hook route and he will execute it very well. He gets great depth, getting 2-3 yards past the first down marker, so that he can work back to the ball; he drives the CB off very well, and then his break is very sharp and crisp. He's wide open.
But then after he makes his break, Moore will open up to the sideline and then start to drift that way. Pryor has thrown the ball on time (perhaps just a touch late, but still fine) and expects Moore to be where he is supposed to be. If Moore drives back to the ball he catches it easily.
It looks like Pryor threw a "lawn dart" out there that just died in the air, when it should have been a 10 yard completion. It's these little things that are so maddening about Denarius Moore.
Still 1 : PreSnap Coverage Matchups
2 Deep Safeties and Man Coverage underneath ("2-Man"). Chargers have Linebacker Donald Butler and safety Eric Weddle both standing up close to the line in potential blitz position.
Still 2 : PreSnap Routes and Reactions
4 in the pattern with two deep stems and two shallow stems. Eric Weddle is over Rivera and will drop in coverage, but the ILB Donald Butler will attack the line of scrimmage, fake a blitz and engage Jennings. This will vacate the middle of the field and seemingly leave it open for Brice Butler's 5 yard drag route.
Still 3 : PreSnap Routes and Reactions
Donald Butler vacates the middle and seemingly leaves it open.
On the snap, the safeties will rotate from a Cover-2 shell to Cover-1. The safety on the defensive left side (#38 Marcus Gilchrist) will drop back to the middle of the field while the other safety (#37 Addae) will run down into the intermediate middle area and take away the open space that was vacated by #56 Butler; Addae is basically playing The Robber. The slot CB can now play outside leverage and trail technique to bracket Butler on the drag route.
It's a trap, designed to lure Pryor into throwing it into the middle.
Still 4 : Routes Development
Donald Butler vacates the middle and seemingly leaves it open.
We can see the Safety rotation and the #37 Addae dropping into the box to take away in the middle throw. This leaves one deep safety and two vertical routes on opposite sides of the field.
Pryor is staring right down at the middle of the field and so he realizes that the drag will not be open.
Note that the Chargers' DE Kendall Reyes has come open on a stunt and now has a free run at Pryor.
Still 5 : Second Read
Pryor checks to Moore on the outside, running the deep hook. With a single safety, the CB (Richard Marshall) is playing off-coverage and protecting against the vertical route.
Still 6 : Throw the Hook
Moore has driven off his defender (Richard Marshall), gets beyond the 1st down marker, and now sticks his foot in the ground to make his hard cut.
Pryor sees the coverage, anticipates the break, and throws it.
Still 7 : Go Get It
Moore makes his break and faces up to Pryor. The ball is already on its way.
Instead of driving back to the ball, Moore opens up and drifts to the outside. There definitely space there and it is away from the defender, but Pryor has already thrown the ball, expecting the hook route and Moore is drifting away from the ball.
Still 8 : Underthrown or Overrun
The ball is short and Moore has to dive to try to make the catch.
Note where the ball hits the ground and see where it would have been if Moore had driven back to Pryor out of his break instead of opening up to the sideline. It probably would have hit him right in the chest, right at the first down marker.
Still 9 : Pass Rush, Matchups
LB Donald Butler #56 will fake an inside rush and draw Rashad Jennings into the middle. Then the Chargers have Tackle-End stunts on both sides. On the left side, Gurode slides over and the 3 OL stack up the two Chargers. But on the right side, the Inside Slant of the LB #51 Larry English on McCants clears out Brisiel and frees up the Kendall Reyes as he loops outside.
Still 10 : Pass Rush, Blocking
5 Chargers are taken care of. One (Reyes) is totally free with Brisiel in chase-mode.
Pryor is eyeing the middle of the field, seeing the safety drop down to take away the drag route.
Still 11 : Pass Rush, Finish
Reyes comes free and Brisiel can't get to him, but Pryor has already progressed to Denarius on the outside; Pryor will be able to get his throw off.
Play #3 Rubbed Slant, Missed
on 3rd-and-4 and the Raiders run a play to get those 4 yards.
Sometimes a short/intermediate play can explode for a big play with tremendous yards after catch. Jerry Rice was famous for this. That happens when there is some vacant field and a player can get to that area quickly. If the QB can then get the ball to the receiver on time, it gives the playmaker a chance to explode upfield.
That's what was ready to happen on this play. It's a perfect play call against the defense and had the potential for a TD play that would seem like a Montana-to-Rice type play. Here Moore runs a quick slant (off a rub route) and will run into a clearing. The safeties have rotated and one safety has totally vacated the area and nearly all the other defenders have turned their backs to the play. Pryor just needs to get the ball out in front of Denarius so he can catch it and run with it.
Pryor's timing is perfect, but his accuracy is not. He throws it on time but the ball is about 3 yards behind Moore to where the CB is in better position to catch it.
What's also notable about this play is that it shows some of the pass rush adjustments that the Chargers have made and the respect they have for Pryor's scrambling abilities. They rush 3 in a containment style and keep 2 defenders to Spy on Pryor (one on either side). That's part of the reason that there is so much wide open space in the middle of the field.
Still 1 : Matchups
Preliminary defensive alignment is 2-Man with 2 deep safeties and man underneath, but the Chargers also have 6 at the line of scrimmage and several potential blitzes and one safety is cheating towards the line of scrimmage.
Still 2 : Routes
Four receivers will go into the pattern and Jennings will release into the flat. Denarius Moore is covered by Richard Marshall again. He and Jacoby Ford will run a route combination that will rub Marshall and free Moore for the short slant.
There is a safety rotation again. Gilchrist drops to single high and Addae will run down into the flat to cover Jennings. This rotation clears out the middle of the field and leaves a huge vacant area all the way up to the deep safety.
Still 3 : Pass Rush
It looks like a potential 6 man pressure, but on the snap, the Chargers will rush only 3 and drop the rest with two spies on Pryor. The pass rush is a "containment rush" with outside rushers taking wide angles. The two inside (LB Walker and S Stuckey) that have dropped back are watching for Pryor escaping into the gaps on either side. That's respect for Pryor's running ability.
Still 4 : Developing Routes
On the frontside, Ford is releasing into a sideline vertical route while Denarius is cutting inside to run his slant. This rub route combination gets the Marshall trailing Moore.
The route combination on the backside clears out the middle. Addae's sideline route to cover Jennings in the flat forces him to turn his back to the play. He's clearing out the area and also turning his back to it so he can't see what's happening. Both are good (for the Raiders).
Notice the two spies who are so focused on Pryor running that they don't get good depth in their drops. Ideally they would be dropping into passing lanes to take away quick slants.
Still 5 : Throw the Slant
The backside is well covered, but these are really just clearing routes.
Moore has the Marshall on his back and is breaking into his slant; Pryor has just released the ball as Moore came out of his break. Notice how much open space is available between Moore and the Marcus Gilchrist, who is playing single deep and who has to honor the vertical routes on either side of him.
Still 6 : Incomplete
The throw is behind Moore by a couple of yards and puts it in a position where Marshal can break on it. Moore is attacking downfield and so cannot adjust to get to the ball.
Now take a look at the field and think about what happens if Denarius catches the ball in stride, out in front of him. If he can getaway from Marshall (who does have a chance to trip him up from behind), then Moore will run 10-15 yards before having a one-on-one situation with the safety. If he beats the safety (with Moore's basketball-type lateral quickness it is a distinct possibility), he could probably take it all the way.
Still 7 : Incomplete Closeup
The CB is in better position to catch the ball than Denarius is.
Play #4 Scramble Drill
3rd and 14 and the Raiders will convert, but it's not easy.
The play itself sets up for a positive play with a chance at the first down. If Pryor reads it and throws it on time, the play would have been a success (albeit much less exciting). But it seems that Pryor does not quite see it or doesn't trust it and so holds onto the ball waiting for something else. He may also have been looking at Butler and stayed on him for too long without progressing to Rivera.
In this case, the route combination is a go/out. Butler's Go route clears and Rivera runs a 10 yard out. A good throw on time to Rivera gets 10 yards and a chance to turn upfield. If Weddle tackles Rivera, it's 4th-and-short, but if Rivera can fight a few yards, he can get the first down. As it turns out, Weddle falls down and it will leave Rivera wide open to turn upfield for perhaps another 10-15 yards.
But it appears that Pryor wants Butler on the go route, but that is well covered. Additionally, as the play begins to break down (partly because the throw does not come out on time), Pryor has an opportunity to run for the first down. Instead he holds onto the ball for the throw. He's still trying to make plays more with his arm than just his legs and he does on this play.
Still 1 : Presnap Matchups
3 WRs and Rivera in a standup position to have 4 in the pattern.
Chargers have 2 deep safeties and show man coverage underneath.
Still 2 : Routes
3 deep routes and an intermediate route in an attempt to get the 1st down.
The route combination on the right side appears to be the target for the play. Butler clears out on a Go route while Rivera runs a 10 yard out. If Rivera can beat his coverage (S Eric Weddle) and get the ball, there's room on the sideline to potentially turn it upfield for the 1st down.
On the opposite side, Moore and Streater run a slant-corner combination.
Still 3 : Blitz and Rotation
Chargers will rush four and will bring an ILB (#52 R Walker) on a delayed blitz. As Walker blitzes, a safety (Addae) will drop down to cover Marcel Reece. This leaves a single safety deep and lots of single coverage.
Still 4 : Route Development
Denarius Moore has off-coverage and gets an easy inside release. Brice Butler will go vertical, clearing out for Mychal Rivera's 10 yard out-route. At the top of the route Weddle will fall down (with a little bit of a push by Rivera).
Still 5 : Reading
Pryor breaks the pocket with lots of open space in front of him and just the blitzing LB Walker in front of him. Pryor is looking to his right and is reading Rivera or Butler.
The safety Addae is dropping down hard to get to Marcel Reece, removing a defender from that side of the field.
Still 6 : Breaking Contain
Pryor now escapes the pocket. Rivera gets into his break about 5 yards short of the first down and Weddle is falling to the ground. Butler is trying to get vertical but the CB has good over the top coverage.
Still 7 : Make Him Miss
Weddle has gone to the ground leaving Rivera wide open. Only problem is that Pryor has to evade the blitzing LB (Walker) before he can make the throw. A completion here would give Rivera the ball with lots of room to cut upfield and it would set up Butler as a potential lead blocker.
Still 8 : In the Clear
Pryor has cleared Walker with lots of empty field in front of him; if he wanted to, he likely could run for the first down (and maybe more) by himself; but he is looking downfield, looking to make a play with his arm.
Rivera is still open with Weddle is still trying to get to his feet. Butler is well-covered, but he knows the timing of the play is off and so now he is going to break off his route and work back to the QB.
Still 9 : Looking Deep
Rivera is still open, but now he's closing in on the sideline and so has little area work with. Eric Weddle has recovered and is closing on Rivera. Butler is 20 yards past the first down marker and working his way back. The choice now is clear.
Still 10 : Pryor Throws Deep
Play #5 Take the Sack
3rd-and-8. The Chargers send a corner blitz which leaves a receiver wide open for a quick throw. But Pryor doesn't see it or misreads it. It appears he's looking at the play with his head turned to the left, but it seems like he's focused on throwing it to Rivera.
To compound matters, as the sack becomes imminent, Pryor sees Denarius flashing into the clear and so Pryor tries to make a throw to him. It's too late, though, and there's really nothing to do but take the sack. Instead, the ball comes out and it could have been a devastating lost fumble.
This is part of the learning process of a young QB. The play is right there to be made, but Pryor just wasn't able to make it. It's experience. All young QBs get blitzed and forced to learn how to cope. Pryor will also.
Still 1 : Presnap Matchups
3 WRs, Rivera on the line and Jennings in the backfield. Chargers show 2 safeties and man coverage. But they also have 6 men up on the line of scrimmage and are showing potential blitz.
Still 2 : Routes
2 hook routes and a deep slant. Outlet receiver is Brice Butler in the slot on a short dig.
Rivera will get jammed by the OLB #96 Jarret Johnson on his initial release, slowing him up so that the the Safety #32 Weddle can cover him.
The slot corner (#26 Patrick) will blitz leaving Butler uncovered until the safety (Marcus Gilchrist) can drop down to cover him. Butler will run his dig and, as Gilchrist drops down reading the dig route, Butler will adjust back away from the defender into the sideline. There is a clear open area towards the sideline and since Streater is carrying his defender upfield, Butler could potentially run up the sideline. IF he gets the ball on time.
Still 3 : Rush and Blitz
It's a 6-man pressure. The CB Patrick is coming, OLB Jarrett Johnson is coming, and #51 Larry English are coming as well as the 3 down linemen. Also notice that on the defensive left side, they are running a game with English and #94 Corey Liuget, letting English loop inside, where Jennings will pick him up.
Still 4 : Getting off the Line
Notice the combination on Rivera with the initial jam from Jarrett Johnson and with #32 Eric Weddle visibly dropping into position to take coverage. This disruption to Rivera's route takes away the convenient throw across the middle to the big target.
We also see the slot corner starting his blitz attack; Butler sees it and will break off his route to force the safety #38 Marcus Gilchrist to chase him.
Pryor's eyes are to his left, likely reading Rivera, but he also should be seeing the blitz and the uncovered receiver.
Still 5 : Find the Open Man
The defenders have good coverage on Rivera and Streater (as well as on Denarius Moore on the opposite side). But Butler is alone with Gilchrist still nearly 10 yards away. Butler will now fade to the sideline away from the defender.
Notice the lane to the sideline as well as downfield. Get him the ball and it should be an easy first down.
Still 6 : Pressure
Pryor feels the pressure as the RT McCants gets pushed inside; Pryor pulls the ball down.
Notice that the Chargers are in a containment pass rush so, while there is less immediate pressure, there is no place for Pryor to escape to.
Still 7 : Looking for Help
Pryor is looking desperately for a receiver. Gilchrist has caught up to Butler now. Rivera is working his hook route back to Pryor and then across the field. Pryor sees him, but can't quite pull the trigger on the throw. Probably a good idea; Rivera is not really open.
Still 8 : Go Deep
And now, right when Pryor should just eat the ball and take the sack, he spies Denarius Moore breaking free and going down the sideline. It could be a big play if Pryor could set up and throw, but he's not Ben Roethlisberger and can't get the throw off.
Still 9 : Sacked
Play # 6 The Hook is Covered
On this play, Terrelle Pryor will fixate on his intended target, see a coverage that denies him that target, and will still make the throw. Fortunately, the defender is unable to react to the ball and the ball placement did not allow for an interception, but this was a dangerous throw.
To compound it, there were multiple defensive failures on the opposite side that Pryor did not see because he was so locked in on Moore.
However, it should be noted that there were also multiple failings on the offensive line (again) which was allowing two rushers get substantial pressure on Pryor. Pryor may not have had the time to come off Moore and onto Streater or Jennings.
Also note that Rivera makes a Man/Zone mistake here; it is similar to the one Denarius Moore made against Washington that led to the Flynn Pick 6.
Still 1 : Presnap Matchups
Chargers are showing 2 Deep safeties and Man underneath coverage, but will probably rotate out of it. Raiders have 3 WRs, Mychal Rivera on the line, and Rashad Jennings in the backfield.
Still 2 : Presnap Routes and Reactions
Rivera and Jennings' route combination will unintentionally cause a Keystone Kops moment with the Chargers; two of the Chargers (LB Donald Butler and S Eric Weddle) will run into each other and free up both Raiders. Meanwhile, the Chargers do, indeed, rotate their safeties into a Single High configuration, with one safety running down into the intermediate middle.
On the right side, Streater will beat his CB who will fall down and grab Streater's shoulderpads (no flag). On the opposite side, Denarius Moore and Brice Butler will run a Hook/Out combo. Moore will initially beat his man, but the CB will take an underneath position and will have great coverage for the route. A go route or a corner route and he's wide open, but the hook brings him back to the coverage.
Still 3 : Routes Developing
Denarius gets an inside release, which should put the CB on his outside hip (ideal for a hook route which breaks back to the inside). Rivera and Jennings release and cause the Chargers to collide. And the safeties will rotate.
Also notable is that #51 Larry English is getting free on a line stunt and will have a clear lane to Pryor (Dammit Brisiel).
Still 4 : Routes Developing, Directions
Marshall will undercut Denarius' route. Rivera and Jennings both have open areas to run into. Streater will take off vertically, causing his defender, #22 Derek Cox, some problems.
Still 5 : Winners Everywhere
Denarius beats Marshall and gets a step on him and Pryor is staring this down. He should be able to see Marshall's position on this play.
Jennings is wide open and Rivera has stopped. This is man coverage and Rivera should be running away from his defender, but the collision and the resulting open space may have confused Rivera into thinking he had cleared into an open zone area. By stopping, Rivera allows Eric Weddle to catch up to him. If Pryor had thrown to Rivera, this might have been a Pick-6 situation like Flynn v Washington.
Meanwhile, Derek Cox has fallen down and is grabbing and pulling Streater by his shoulder pads (no flag). But Streater is a big, strong guy and will break the hold and get free. The safety Marcus Gilchrist vacated the right side of the field and gives Streater a huge open area to run to.
Still 6 : Routes
We can see how the routes are going. Denarius will not be open; Marshall's position is too good for that route.
But on the opposite side, Streater will break wide open.
But Larry English is coming free.
Still 7 : Throws to the Hook
Denarius' hook route is covered. Moore has to plant his outside foot and then cut back to the ball. Only problem is that Richard Marshall is right there between the ball and he. The ball is thrown to the hook location and if Marshall's back wasn't turned, it would have been an interception. Fortunately, Moore had beaten him so badly that Marshall was in desperation catch-up mode and didn't have time to turn his head to try to find the ball.
On the opposite side, Streatere is now all alone.
Still 8 : Ball Lands Incomplete
Thankfully it drops to the ground harmlessly.
Still 9 : Pass Rush
#91 Kendall Reyes and #51 Larry English will have a game on the right side which will free up English because Brisiel doesn't recognize the stunt.
On the opposite side, Lucas Nix will get a good punch on #94 Corey Liuget, but will need Andre Gurode's help because Liuget absorbs the blow and then tosses Nix to the ground with one arm. Gurode does come over and help which slows Liuget down, but there is still inside pressure from that side.
Still 10 : Engagement
Bang. Nix gets a punch up into Liuget's face (no flag) and Gurode is watching him to help on the inside.
On the opposite side, Brisiel and McCants double team Reyes. McCants is watching English, but when the Chargers' OLB takes an inside rush, McCants assumes Brisiel will take him. He doesn't.
Still 11 : Chargers Pressure
Down goes Nix. Brisiel is so focused on the double team, he doesn't notice English running right past him. Does he think Gurode is there?
Still 12 : Hit
English hits Pryor first, but Liuget is there a split second afterwards. Malachi Crunch.