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Colt's INT: A Dissection

Colt McCoy's interception early in last week's game against the Dolphins sparked some debate. Some people (including me) said it was all on McCoy. Others said MoMass was out of position, and he should shoulder at least some of the blame. Here's what actually happened on the play.

The Browns started in a three-receiver set, with Cribbs and Little flanked out to the left and MoMass to the right.

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Before the snap, MoMass came back toward the linemen. The design appeared to be for MoMass to run ahead about 10 yards and cut toward the sideline. Hardesty would run from the backfield to the right in the flat. It's hard to tell whether this was an option situation for McCoy or not. This is how the play started.

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As things developed early in the play, you can see in the next picture that Little and Hardesty got open in short range. Little did some kind of post-up route, and Hardesty was running short right.

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McCoy was looking toward Hardesty and could not have seen Little. But before he could get a pass off, Artis Hicks let his man through, forcing McCoy right.

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McCoy then saw MoMass seemingly wide open, with only Sean Smith, the LCB, in his way.

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It must have looked at this point to Colt like Yeremiah Bell (on the far left in the pic above) was stuck on Hardesty near the sideline. But he pivoted back to MoMass and made the play.

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The ball then sailed over and Wilson (#27) picked it off.

Colt should not have thrown into this kind of coverage. He should have thrown it away. After looking at it more closely, though, I can see where he thought he had a guy open. It was a poor choice by McCoy but also good defense by Smith and Bell.


 


 


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