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Response to lark (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 10:26 AM

5. The refs tried to keep themselves out of the game.


There was one call for "hit on a defenseless player" after the catch of a pass that was bogus. It was not helmet-to-helmet, the tackler wrapped his arms around the receiver's shoulders, and the announcing "rules specialist" said it was because the hit was too quick - the receiver had not had time to "establish himself as a runner" before the tackle was made. That was utter nonsense by everyone involved in the call, making it and justifying it, but it had no effect whatever on the game.

It was an excellent game if you like defense, which I do. The Rams defense was better than the Patriots, because the latter benefited from the Rams not playing their own game on offense. The Rams use misdirection running with trap blocking and, when that causes the secondary to inch closer, throw the ball over the top of the linebackers. They did not even attempt any of that last night. The started throwing right out of the gate, and when they ran they ran straight ahead in a power game. That is not their game and it failed miserably.

They did run Tod Gurley twice on misdirection, where he cut back just before the line of scrimmage. It gained 14 yards one time and 11 yards the other, and they had some success passing afterward, but they went right back to power straight ahead running in the next possession and were three and out.

Tony Romo kept commenting that the Patriot defenders were going straight ahead, "not going side to side like most teams do against the Rams." That observation was not as brilliant as he thinks it was. Most teams go sideways against the Rams because, against most teams, the Rams run sideways and then cut back. That is their game. They were not doing it in the Superbowl. They were running straight ahead, and the proper counter to that is for a defense to attack straight ahead.

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