March 20, 2018

SOTT All-22: A Closer look at Watt, Schaub and Myers

Despite the loss, there were some bright spots for the Houston Texans and we look at three plays where we highlight them. The focus on this week’s article is J.J. Watt, Matt Schaub and Chris Myers.

Take a look.



Watt With a Game Changing Play

Situation: 2nd and 7 for the Seahawks on the Houston 48


The Houston Texans defense is on the ropes some after pinning the Seahawks deep in their territory. Lynch had a big run to get out from their own goal line. This play coming up sets the tone for the Texans defense.
















J.J. Watt is lined up at the 3-technique position over the left guard. The play will be run to the left and Watt is too good to be reached by #73 for the Seahawks.
















At the snap, #73 Michael Bowie appears to have Watt where he wants him and actually is trying to get across Watt’s face to cut him off.
















Watt with his speed and strength gets his hands on Bowie before he can get them on him. If you look close, Bowie cannot get his arms extended and Watt is controlling him at the point of attack. Watt’s awareness he is already seeing the play develop to Robert Turbin.
















Bowie has already lost. Watt flattens on the line of scrimmage instead of rushing up field to create a cut back lane. His technique is perfect and what they are looking for.

















Antonio Smith has created a road block by meeting fullback #40 Derrick Coleman in the backfield. Watt has planted and now has Turbin in his sights for a big play.
















Watt rocks Turbin for loss and sets the tone for the defense for the remainder of the game.
















Schaub Working Over Earl Thomas

Situation: 1st and 10 @ Seattle 31


This is the first offensive play coming into the second quarter. This play is all set up by the eyes of Matt Schaub and working over one of the best safeties in Earl Thomas.















Earl Thomas, circled in red, is all Schaub has to read in this situation. Whatever Thomas chooses ends up being the read.
















The Seahawks are playing man free and have four dropping into the underneath zones. Thomas knows Andre Johnson is on an island with Brandon Browner (bottom of screen), so he is paying extra close attention.
















As the play develops, Thomas sees Schaub’s eyes peel to Johnson, and Thomas goes for it and turns his back to Garrett Graham in the slot versus a linebacker (Malcolm Smith) in coverage.
















Here is the endzone view of Schaub looking at Thomas the entire time and he is reading him the entire time.
















Once Thomas opens his hips, it opens up what the Texans want. Graham has the clear advantage with zero help over the top for the Seahawks.
















Thomas realizes too late that the ball is not going to Andre Johnson and the void he leaves by guessing with Schaub’s eyes leaves it as an easy throw for Schaub.
















Before Malcolm Smith turns his head to look back at Schaub, the ball is already over his head and he has no chance to make a play.
















The play ends up being a touchdown and the Texans work this play to perfection. Schaub showed he has the capability to make plays downfield, and this was a big play early in the game.


















The Reason Chris Myers is Good


Chris Myers, the Houston Texans center, is one of the best in the business and this shows why.















It is a pass play and the first linebacker is trying to draw attention away from what is coming from behind him. Brooks sees Newton has the outside secure and works back inside.












With Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham going out on pass routes, the offensive line has to work outside in. Myers has to slow down the first linebacker and pass him off to Brooks who has no one to block. While Myers is posting up the blitzing linebacker with his right arm, he has his eyes up waiting for the second blitzer.




















Myers sees it and takes the last threat and cuts him off in a big way, while Brooks controls the first linebacker. These still shots do not do justice on what Myers was able to do. Take a look.




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