For those of you who aren't familiar with our efforts last season, some of us did some breakdowns of the games to try and get a little better understanding of what went on. Pats1 and myself have started a division of labor for the Atlanta game, he will be working on the first three series or drives (as NFL.com calls them http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/drives/NFL_20060811_NE@ATL). I've done a breakdown of the 4th drive or the 2nd Offensive Series (O2) for New England. The format is for a macro created by Patsfan37 when he was formatting each breakdown and posting them on his website last year, then his consulting business took off forcing him to work for a living. We've stuck with it in case the opportunity to work together again develops this season. m: down and distance r: the play and the result of the play o: offensive formation d: defensive formation b: blocking c: coverage a: analysis n: notes This series is O2 01:44 0:58 NE 47 3 -5 Fumble O2 - NE 2nd Offensive Series 1:44 - left in the quarter (1st) 0:58 - time of drive NE 47 - starting yard marker 3 - number of downs in the drive -5 - number of yards in the drive Fumble - result of the drive You can see this was the critical strip sack series that gave Atlanta such good field position. So here it is: O2 01:44 0:58 NE 47 3 -5 Fumble Score: 3; 3 m: 1st and 10 r: Stretch play left, 3 yds o: L-R Gorin, Yates, Mruczkowski, Stevenson, OĂ˘â‚¬â„˘Callahaghan 2 TE left Rasby inline, Watson flanker 2 WR right, Caldwell in slot, ?? outside Cassel, Maroney d: 4-3, SLB on RasbyĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s left shoulder, MLB over LG 5 yds deep, WLB over RG 5 yds deep, secondary rotated right, SS came online over Watson, RCB came up in press coverage outside. b: RDE ran free; OĂ˘â‚¬â„˘Callaghan cut RDT; Neal chased WLB; Mruczkowski driven into the backfield but tied up the LDT; Rasby blocked down on the LDE; Watson blocked down on the SLB; Gorin pulled and blocked the SS; Yates pulled and cut both the MLB and WLB as they bunched up on the edge. a: Maroney was turned back inside by the SS into the pursuit down the line by the unblocked RDE. Looked like he didnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t trust Gorin to get the block on the SS though Gorin did a nice job on it. OĂ˘â‚¬â„˘Callaghan and Yates threw nice cut blocks, the WLB just outran Neal to the edge. A better blocking decision would have been for Gorin to ignore the SS leaving him for Yates and beat the MLB to the edge sealing him inside - Yates could have kicked the SS outside allowing Maroney to cut behind him and outside GorinĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s seal. m: 2nd and 7 r: Pass Caldwell, incomplete. o: WR 2 left, 1 right, Watson at TE R, Maroney. Caldwell wide left, Childress in motion-slot left to right. d: 4-3, press coverage left side, SLB online outside TE, slot motion backed the defender off the line. b: Watson stayed in doubled LDE with Gorin; Yates drove the LDT to the right; Mruczkowski helped Stevenson with the RDT; OĂ˘â‚¬â„˘Callaghan kept good position on the RDE. c: Man coverage with a S in centerfield; all three LBs slid a couple steps to the left and spied; Maroney came underneath into the LB clump; Childress squared out right underneath the unidentified WRĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s corner route. a: Cassel did not come out from under center cleanly, starting with some kind of baby step, then dropped three steps and set himself poorly, overthrowing a wide open Caldwell. m: 3rd and 7 r: Strip sack, fumble recovered by Atlanta. o: Shotgun, RB (Faulk) left, Watson flanked right, 2 WR right, 1 left. d: 4-2 nickel, secondary soft. b: Watson stayed in to help OĂ˘â‚¬â„˘Callaghan, blocking the RDE back inside then releasing outside as a dumpoff; OĂ˘â‚¬â„˘Callaghan picked up the RDE off WatsonĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s release; Stevenson stood up the RDT; Mruczkowski was unoccupied; Yates stood up the LDT; Gorin rode the LDE downfield; Faulk acted like he was going to chip the LDE, but had to take a step outside to avoid being stepped on by Gorin and missed his shot before running a squareout left down the LOS. c: Slot receiver was bumped inside the 5 yd mark; LBs dropped into shallow zones outside each hashmark. a: Gorin was supposed to have help on the play, but AbrahamĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s rush was strong enough to force Faulk to sidestep out of his chip angle; Cassel took a seven step drop but didnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t react to AbrahamĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s rush by taking a step up into a very nice pocket. n: In the game thread I put the blame on Gorin for not keeping Abraham off Cassel, but with Faulk unable to get his chip on Abraham and Cassel too inexperienced to feel the pressure and step up into a well formed pocket, I have to give Gorin credit for doing a better job then I gave him credit for. He isn't our best pass blocker, but in this case he had good position and didn't get the help he needed to make the play work. He did okay for a reserve LT working against a premier pass rusher. Faulk did a good job not to trip Brandon, but missing his chip didn't help the situation, Cassel could have salvaged the play and probably will in the future as he learns more. .