Mods: pls merge w/patfanken's first impressions 2 when recovered - Cincy analysis I was looking for patfanken's first impressions 2 thread to post this in, but he's gone AWOL since the overnight server surgery. Per DI's request, I started with a fan favorite. 12:20 2nd Qtr, NE recovers a Cincy fumble at their 40, Maroney comes in for Taylor: 1st and 10: NE 2-wide, 2 TE. -- O'Connell and Maroney in the backfield. -- O-line Vollmer, Wendell, Connelly, Yates, O'Callaghan -- Baker in-line on the R, Smith in-line on the L -- Lewis R, Galloway L - Cin 4-3, CBs up near the LOS. This is still the first unit defense. Run, right side. -- Yates and Connelly combo the LDT, Yates hands off and blocks the MLB. -- O'Callaghan drops like he's in pass protection and waits to pick-up the LDE after Baker chips him. -- Baker chips the LDE and releases to block the LOLB. -- Lewis locks it up with the CB out past the numbers. -- Baker misses his block on the LOLB, who gets past him into the backfield. -- Maroney makes the LOLB miss outside, but he still gets a hand on Maroney to spin him around. -- Connelly had lost his block on the LDE who got there to wrap Maroney up, but not before Maroney turned his shoulders back and fell forward to the LOS. -- It was a slow developing play, Maroney was set up deep and from the snap to the time he was met in the backfield by the LOLB was 3 mississippi. -- I think the plan had been for Baker to downblock on the LDE, while O'Callaghan stepped back off the line, then lead Maroney around the edge. The LDE set-up on Baker's outside shoulder and went outside off the snap forcing Baker to release him to O'Callagan and try to block the LOLB. I'm sure Coach Scarnecchia will suggest a correction for this situation if they encounter it again. -- Kudos to Yates and Wendell for executing solid combo blocks and picking off the MLB and ROLB respectively. Lewis did a good job blocking the LCB. Yates gets an assist with Vollmer, the two were able to sandwich the MLB and RDT together. Please note Vollmer did not get around inside the RDT as quickly as Britt did in the Philly game when Wendell and Britt had that pretty combo - gotta be quicker big fella, but you stuck with your block and Billy bailed you out. 2nd and 10: NE 2-wide L, 2 TE R. -- Smith is in a 3-point stance 1x1 outside Baker. - Cin 4-3, LBs are shifted R to the WR side and the LCB is in the box 1x1 outside the LDE and Smith's outside shoulder. Pass, short middle. -- Both WR went deep on the L-side clearing out that side of the field. -- Smith was forced inside by the LCB, but went straight up the seam sucking the LCB, the MLB, and the LOLB upfield. -- Maroney came through the line and camped under the LBs where O'Connell hit him on the dump off. Maroney then made the ROLB miss and got outside him for a 14 yd gain before the MLB and a DB could pull him down. -- Baker stayed in to block and did not need O'Callaghan's help with the LDE. -- Vollmer checked the outside rush of his man, but was beaten on a counter move to the inside, though O'Connell had a full 4 mississippi to release the ball. -- Wendell showed good hustle trailing Maroney upfield looking for someone to hit. 1st and 10 Cin 46: NE I-form, 2-wide, TE R. -- D. Thomas in a FB. Smith out. - Cin 4-3, CBs six yds deep, SS 9 yds deep on Baker's outside shoulder creeping up in the box - I think it's a Cover-3 as the CBs are starting to creep back before the snap. Pitch out, FB lead off LT. -- Vollmer has a nice kickout block on the RDE. -- Wendell combos the RDT with Connelly and gets a seal block on the MLB. -- Connelly didn't get outside enough on the RDT and was ridden down the LOS to eventually close the hole for Maroney. -- Yates and O'Callaghan combo the LDT, but O'Callaghan never comes close to getting around him and getting control of the block. Yates releases to try and get to the LOLB but can't catch him. -- Baker cut blocked the LDE, slowing his pursuit. -- Thomas led inside Vollmer's block taking the ROLB out. -- By the time Maroney got to the hole Connelly had been ridden into the hole, and Maroney was unable to cutback as O'Callaghan had lost the LDT who got Maroney's legs and held him for the swarm. 2 yd gain. 2nd and 8: NE 3-wide, 2 R, TE L. -- Baker 1x1 outside RT, Smith in the L-slot. - Cin 4-3 under, looks like a Cover-2 zone. Run, right side. -- Yates and Connelly combo the LDT. Yates stays on the block longer to give Connelly more time to gain leverage. He then releases and misses the WLB, who still manages to fall down and miss Maroney but I'm not sure who he tripped over. -- O'Callaghan turns the LDE out. -- Baker attempts to block the SLB. -- Wendell took the RDT away backside. -- Smith came in and got inside position on the RDE to cut off backside pursuit. -- Vollmer pulled and led into the right side 'b' gap meeting the MLB whom he wrestled to the ground, apparently without holding. -- Maroney had to tip-toe through and over Vollmer/MLB, Connelly/LDT who by this time were on their knees wrestling each other, and O'Callaghan who had been driven to his knees, but still had inside position enough to keep the LDE off Maroney. Once Maroney got through the hole he collided with Baker & the SLB, who was able to wrap him up enough until help came to pull him down. -- Maroney literally had to climb over bodies to get through the hole, bouncing outside was not an option, the hole got cluttered just as he got to it and he did the smart thing to keep moving forward and get what he could - if Baker had gotten control of the SLB Maroney could probably have doubled his yardage or better. 3rd and 5 Cin 40: NE 3-wide, 2 L, TE R, shotgun. Edelman is solo on the R, Faulk to O'Con's R. - Cin 4-2 Nickel, man. Pass. -- Edelman motions inside to slot depth before the snap, delays after the snap, then takes off to try and draw coverage away from Faulk running a slide, the Bengals must have jumped Faulk because O'Con pumps and then looks for Edelman who appears to have run a hitch/stop or more likely, had to do a full wiggle, zig, and twirl to try and get open. Vollmer was beaten to the inside and O'Con is trying to roll away from the pressure and throws at Edelman's feet as he is getting tripped. Edelman does a great job of scooping, but is hit as he gets his hands under the ball and it rolls out - incomplete. -- Holding called on Vollmer, declined. 4th and 5: Punt. Hanson with a nice back bounce at the Cin 4, ball downed at the 7. Penalty. Illegal formation, yardage is tacked onto the kick. -5 yds.