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You want that means all 22 film Breakdown Day for the Indianapolis Colts and today I got a great one.
I've had a lot of requests over the last couple of weeks to break this guy down because there's questions about his game, not just his game, but the guys in front of them.
It's about the Colts running rushing attack so far this season after Marlon Mack went down, they are bottom, if not close to the bottom of the league in nearly every rushing category.
Why is that? Is it the offensive line not doing their job properly? Is Jonathan Taylor not doing well? Well, you know what? Let's break down this film now.
As we all know, Marlon Mack went down Week one, and before I get to the stream, I just want a little bit of insight as to how Marlon Mack is still helping Jonathan tailor adjust to the NFL and understand reads and stuff, even though he's not actually out there playing the football get, you know, out there with him on the field.
Marlon, Matt, Last year Absolutely blew up.
But now Jonathan Taylor is not doing so well.
What's going on? Hey, Jonathan, Is Marlon Mack really giving you some help out there or what's going on? I mean, I think it just shows what kind of kind of player he is.
I mean, especially, he knows that, Hey, we're really gonna need his advice.
We're gonna need to lean on him for support because he was just so effective in this system, Um, as a running back in us, you know, as a running back group, we want to make sure that we uphold his and and in order to do that, we need to pick his brain and say, Hey, what are some things that went through your mind on game day or on this specific team? What is something that you notice that allows you to be affected? Is what your skill set? Or do you see something in my skill set that will help me? Yeah.
One of the biggest things that marlin has definitely told me is, um he's, like, never looked back at the read that you just left s.
So let's say you see your whole that you're supposed to hit. You make a decision.
But sometimes you just peek back at that initial hole that you wanted to head and see.
You know, if there was ah, you know something there is like and once you make a decision, you live with it because if you hit it full speed, he's like then you'll be able to run through arm tackles.
You'll be ableto get into the open field a little bit.
Um, so I think that's just one of the biggest pieces.
And sometimes I mean, I really just ask him questions, uh, about you know, how is he able to be so effective? And, you know, maybe there's certain runs or, you know, certain past play concepts.
And I'm asking them, Hey, like, what is going through your mind when you hear this or, you know, on this on this scheme? What are you thinking? How are you able toe be so effective? I mean, I saw you on this woman run on.
He's able to break it down off. Maybe.
Hey, that was just a game situation thing where we knew that this team that that or if it was where your eyes, um you know, going through your progression and your read.
So he's been very, very helpful, and I'm sure he's been helpful for to the other backs as well.
I'm shooting their messages as well.
But he always talks to us and facility.
And one of the biggest things is, um, Coach Rathmann.
I mean, he always pulls up clips of Marlin, and you know how he was effective at delivering blockers? Um, thio their defender.
And I think that's just the biggest thing.
Is just watching a lot of tape on Marlin just because he's been so, so good in the system and trying to figure out how can I take bits and pieces of that and add it to my game? So Week one, there was a lot of miscommunications with the offensive line for the Indianapolis Colts, which coincided with, just frankly, the Jacksonville Jaguars just blowing things up by doing things that the Colts did not expect and were not prepared for.
This play absolutely exemplifies both of those things right here in one play.
Okay, zone blocking scheme.
The Colts use a lot of zone blocking schemes, but in zone, you need good communication between your offensive linemen and you're tied ends and stuff in order to make sure that the right guy gets blocked at the right time.
So, for instance, Anthony Castonzo job on this play is to come out here, cut back and seal and quit.
Nelson's job is to feed him directly into marked Lewinsky.
Who's gonna come around Ryan, Kelly and Block.
And then he's got to come out and get this linebacker and seal right so that when Taylor has the football, he could come up.
He's got a monster hole right up the middle because Ryan Kelly's got this guy.
Now let's watch the play, see how it unfolds and I'll show you why.
This play got blown up and Taylor on Lee got a yard out of it Now, as we saw, the first biggest problem is Anthony Castonzo.
No communication here.
This defensive end cuts inside of Jack Doyle.
He's not able to get a hand on him.
Jack Doyle is standing there, stands there, waiting for Anthony Castonzo to get his hands on him, to push him in towards Jack for just for a second.
But look, Costanzo was completely avoiding him completely.
He's trying to get around him to get to the second level, to make that seal block against Miles.
Doyle has no choice then at this point, but to just let that defensive end go and get this cornerback as he comes in.
But what happens? That leaves the defensive end free to just come in and blow this play up.
Now let's go back to the other side.
As I said before, right here, these three guys are very integral.
What happens is Ryan Kelly has to take this tackle and push him and just hold it, push him out just a little bit, get a little bit of a push so that Glinski cuts around him and takes the feed from Quinton Nelson to this guy so that Quinton Nelson then could go around and get in him and he goes up the middle.
But that's not what happens.
That's not what happens.
This guy here and this guy, these two d tackles, they blow this play up by cutting completely over so that our offensive lineman could not get good hands on them.
Ryan Kelly Just get stood up by a stiff arm on this play and quit.
Nelson gets beat off the snap right off the snap.
See now he's waiting to feed him in.
Now, if he knew Quinton Nelson should have realized fluency is gonna be there, he should be already trying to let him go by and step past him.
He gets, he feeds, and then because of the impact you watch him.
He waits too long to come up on that linebacker to push him out of the way.
And right here, Look, Ryan Kelly.
See? He steps around him.
Ryan Kelly is supposed to get that, but that's a good step on that keeps Ryan Kelly from moving him, and because he can't move him, there's no space, no space for him to get around right, And he is.
All he could do is run right into his blockers.
But that defensive end had that defensive end, then stopped early on.
Had this right here, been better communication between these two guys between Castonzo and Doyle.
If Castanza would have just chipped him in, the Doyle just brought up his left arm and chipped him just a little bit in the Doyle so that he didn't just go boom and just avoid him completely.
Because I think Castonzo fully expected him to try toe, come up in the middle here between them or take it out.
Route run, you know, Speed Rush.
But that's not what happened.
And instead, Castonzo completely avoids.
Look, he even try to get slim to get through there.
That blows this up.
That is why this entire first game between the Colts and the Jags and the running game was not going right, because there was just no communication among the blockers on their zone deep on their zone blocking schemes and Jacksonville the way they were playing.
I mean, they loaded the box.
There were times in this game where you were seeing 89 man boxes, not just seven on a consistent basis, but eight and nine man boxes.
And if Jonathan Taylor even got a yard or two, it was amazing that he was like this play right here.
It's amazing he didn't get tackled for a loss because this guy was just a free run, right? He should have bam.
But Taylor was able to use his power right here and get back to the line of scrimmage.
That's exactly what happened in Jacksonville.
But over the weeks, the Indianapolis Colts offensive line is slowly but surely beginning to get their act together and start blocking better.
Let's go to the next game in Week two.
The offensive line did a much better job of doing their blocks, getting their communication down.
They fix this problem, okay? And in this game, Jonathan Taylor got a crap ton. Ah, crap.
Ton of carries and barely broke 100 yards.
But he he averaged less than four yards a carry.
And there's a reason for this rookie running back, not the greatest when it comes to wide peripheral vision, okay? And he sees what he sees in front of him.
And this is something that Marlon Mack has helped him over over the course of the season thus far is asking him what he's gonna do when he's gonna do it.
You've seen the clips earlier.
This is something that he has gotten better at as the years went on.
But let's watch this play.
This is gonna be a sweet play.
It's just gonna be a pitch.
He's gonna come out here and he's gonna look, look for a lane to go with, right? That's all it is.
You got zone blocking and he's gonna look for a lane to go with.
Let's watch the play.
There's the pitch.
He looks looks all right now, sometimes in the NFL, cutting back the way you came.
It's a smart move because you got over pursuers.
Now let's watch how this actually rolls out here because he there was a lot of yards he could have got on this play that he didn't. He missed.
Now there's the pitch.
You see the blockers coming out here.
Now, at this point at this point from here from here over, the blockers are outmanned.
You've got a guy on him.
You got a guy here.
You got a guy here.
This guy is completely not taken up.
So as he's running, he's either got who a decide.
Run up. Use him.
Use one of these two blockers to, uh kind of shield him and then cut back the other side.
Like if he would run up right here so that the corner would come up and then break outside.
But you can't really do that because he's got good leverage.
So his best bet is to cut back inside.
Now, at this point, at this point, this is where he needs to make his decision.
What's he going to do with this corner? Okay, what's he gonna do with this corner? As you see, he's looking right over here.
Now, if he looked just a little bit further, you see some offensive lineman coming up? Oh, my goodness.
If he'd made his break right now, this way, if he came up, it's a little bit.
And before, right now, if he would cut back this way rather than what he does is not smart.
But if he would just cut back right now, just do a cutback.
He would have blockers all over the place and he could spring for a touchdown on this place.
But he's got kind of narrow vision and he sees what's in front of them.
He doesn't see these guys over here getting ready to block down.
And now you've got a cornerback that's already been over, ready to take you out of the legs at this point at a soon, as you said as he was a running back.
Sees those legs go down like that.
You cut, you cut, left, you cut right, You jump over him.
You do something, you have to avoid him.
You cannot wait even a split second.
You need those legs to be doing something now, and he waits too long to make that cut.
He gets wrapped up right at the legs.
You can't go anywhere again.
Something that he's getting better at, as Marlon Mack is teaching him.
Even though Marlon Mack is out for the season, he is so good at making people miss in the open field.
Jonathan Taylor has just been just getting all the information that you can out of them, and that is what held Jonathan Taylor back in Week two.
All right, now we're on the Week three and they're playing the Jets, and you would think that the court should be able to run the football down there at will against the Jets, right, But it's Jonathan Taylor What I was mentioning earlier.
Jonathan Taylor has a problem with tunnel vision.
He wants to go right where the play is designed most of the time, and he doesn't use his peripheral vision to see where he can gain some extra yards.
Let's watch this play and it's blatantly obvious.
But let's watch the play.
Now he's not really, really Taylor.
Really? What's wrong with you? Come on, my guy.
All right, so here's the ball ball snap.
He hands the football off now.
Right now he sees Anthony Castonzo.
They're just pushing guys, but always gotta look.
Look, if he goes this way, he's got room to run.
Yes, yes, there's a guy back to your unaccounted for.
So what if you go this way and then cut behind? You got a chance to make a big play.
Instead, he runs right in.
He lowers his shoulder, even though look.
Oh, my goodness.
Blam! He could have went this way and then either cut this way or this way, depending upon which side off the block this guy's on, but no, he sticks with it he just lowers his head, doesn't look anywhere, lowers his head and tries to power through tries to squeeze through that little hole.
Even though there is open space right here to make yardage, he's still squeezing.
See his head still down.
He's still on his feet.
You see his head bouncing back, er, and it allows that steady P to come up and make that tackle clean back.
What? What? This is the guy that makes the tackle.
He's being blocked out right now.
He comes off of it.
Comes around all this time all this time to come back around, squeeze around, get into the legs and then make the tackle on him.
Keep your head up, Look, to see where the open field is and hit the open field.
Get the yard is you can and then lower your shoulder when it's needed.
It wasn't needed at that point.
That's all I'm saying about that.
We're on the week four right, and this game is where you see the change in Jonathan Taylor is running.
This is the game where you seen Jonathan Taylor become more patient.
Look for holes and hit him.
I think this this week.
This preparation week is where the talk with Marlon Mack starts toe actually come through because the Bears defense is good.
Okay, Very, very good.
They got a lot of path rush on this, but Jonathan tailor begins to show a little bit of patience in the block toe.
Allow blocks to start, toe happen and he looks for the open hole rather than just lowering his head.
He gets four yards a carry on 17 carries in this game.
That is something that you really should be excited to hear about because it was weak.
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Let's watch this play.
Let's watch this.
Yes, this is only a three yard game on Lee.
A three yard gain, but it shows something for Jonathan Taylor.
I'm not sure how this works.
At that point, I'm thinking that maybe I don't know if if if this was meant to do this, if Rivers thought he was gonna come this way on this side of him or if he's doing that for some other reason, I don't know, but he looks, Oh, crap, you're on this side, All right, Here you go by guy.
Now he gets that football look, His head's up.
He's got both hands on the ball and he's looking.
He's not making the break right now. He's looking.
He's like, Okay, So I could go this way or I could go this way.
Going up the gut is not a good idea.
But as the play happens, he's still sitting there and he he bends down.
He sees a little crease here that he could get some yardage.
Now, could he have went this way and maybe gotten even more, Especially if he broke out wide? Maybe, but he sees the crease here right in front of him.
He knows he's got a linebacker back here that's gonna probably come up and hit this whole or, you know, run with him because I'm sorry.
Very fast, linebacker.
Okay, so he sees the crease here thinking You know what? There's bodies to help block this is actually a smart move.
You would think running out this way would be the smart move, maybe bigger yardage.
But like I said, Rock wants got some speed.
So he uses the bodies in front of them and cuts right behind right behind the big bodies and uses them.
That's actually a very, very smart move by him to gain three yards on this play.
Beautiful, beautiful play.
But that point right here, this this whole situation from the point where he's up looking ahead, watching the blocks cut break out in front of them and then he right there.
This right here shows all kind of advancement, right? And and what's going on inside his helmet right there, right up there in his cranium.
He's watching and waiting.
If it's nice to see that it's starting to happen and it's happening in Week four, and this is the turnaround game for him.
This is that game, because the next two games he's doing a lot better.
Ah, lot better, but he's processing And then he goes.
Good job by Jonathan Taylor on this play.
Three yard gain. Yes.
Here we are weak.
Five against the Browns.
Indianapolis loses this game, but again, Jonathan Taylor plenty of carries five yards of carry.
Why is that? Because again he is showing patience at the point of attack.
He's watching the blocks.
He's deciding where he needs to go.
And if the whole where he's where the play is supposed to be designed to go to is closing or is blocked, he makes decisions to go where it's open again.
He's learning now.
This is a mixed bag of nuts on this player right here, because it also shows what he still needs to work on later on.
Uh, currently and that is open field decisions.
An open field moves Thio to make big yard big yardage.
Let's wash this play and see.
All right? There he goes.
Okay, now back in. All right.
You know what? He could Could have been tackled at the line of scrimmage because this defensive tackle right here is overpowering over powering, um, Brandon Smith and gets into the lane where he is supposed to go where Jonathan Taylor is supposed to go.
He catches this football, and right now he is supposed to go right up through here.
And at this current point in time, it looks like it's gonna be a big run.
But watch Watch Brandon Smith lose his leverage.
He knows if he continues going this way, this d tackles gonna tackle him.
That is amazing that he was able to see that.
And then that side cut one of the best side cuts he's done.
All game now, right here.
Right here is where he's gonna make his decision.
Do you go? The This play is designed to go over here to the left, and his problem right now is he continues to go to the left, whereas if he just sprinted right on the outside of Trey Burton right here, he he's got 43 speed.
He could probably outrun this corner and then possibly get past the safety as well for even bigger yardage.
But he goes back to the direction of where this play goes and runs right into the linebacker, right into the linebacker.
It started off so well.
He did a great job making that play against that defensive tackle to gain seven yards to get past the line of scrimmage.
See? Hey, my lane is being getting ready to be closed off because that tackles gonna hit me right there at the whole gets around him.
But, man, why don't you make a better decision right here in the open field rather than go back into the waiting arms of the defense? You had all that space, All that space right here.
Trey Burton actually had his man really, really Well, I doubt that the defender could have got around him.
I think Taylor, if he had just planted the other foot because he still likes going in the direction of where the play goes.
Even if that play is busted, it was busted from the get go.
At that point, you gotta have your head on a swivel and go where there's open field.
And there was open field right here.
Had he just hit it, I think you'll learn that.
I think you'll get it.
He just needs a little bit more time.
All right, now we're up to the last game the Indianapolis Colts played and before the bye week of Week seven, and it's against the Cincinnati Bengals this game.
Jonathan Taylor on Lee had 12 carries because, Well, why did he only have 12 carries.
Ah, the Colts fell behind 21. Nothing.
Basically, in the first quarter of this game, Philip Rivers really had to air it out early on in order to get the Colts back into this game was really limited the number of snaps that the Colts could use in order to run the football.
Now, in the second half, however, the Colts were able to start running the football a little bit more, and Taylor started to get a little bit more carries.
This play here specifically shows how much better Taylor is at making decisions on the field than what he was Week one week two and week three.
I think he makes the smart move here because he is a north south runner.
Hiss speed is north and south.
His power is north and south.
Now, this play here, you're gonna see Quinton Nelson do his patented pull, and Taylor is supposed to follow him along the outside edge.
Let's watch the play and see how it comes down.
What? He didn't follow him, did he? I think he makes a smart move here.
Okay, I think he makes the big time smart move because as you watch, watch this.
This is actually very, very, very smart in my opinion.
Now there goes Quentin Nelson Taylor gets the football.
Now, at this point, he sees 1234 Hats 12345 Hats.
But two guys air on one.
So basically over here, 1234 versus three.
And he's got to go to the outside edge and this linebacker is looking at him.
If he continues this way, this linebacker actually has space on him.
He might be able to get him at the line of at the line of scrimmage even with Nelson coming out here.
And I mean, he's gonna cremate number 23.
I'm sorry, 23 but he looks over here and he sees two hats to three hats.
And if he makes this cut and just run straight, he's gonna have He's gonna be able to build up speed, which is also gonna build up his power, and he's gonna get more yardage, most likely coming this way.
So he makes that decision to go against the grain off where the play is designed.
This is completely opposite off what we've seen in the last clip.
He actually goes against the grain because way the blocking pans out here goes with what his skill set is.
He takes that and he just sprints right in through here, uses his power and just gains extra yardage with this speed and gains that that is a very good move by Taylor.
I mean, great move.
See if he could continue this way, that linebacker would have been over here he would have.
He could have probably slipped right between these two blocks or outside the Nelsons block and probably got him at the line of scrimmage.
Instead, he's using what his God gifted talents are, and that's the speed and power now.
He didn't break the tackle, but he carried them boys two or three yards before he finally fell down right there at the 26 yard line.
He gained seven yards on that play on a play that was supposed to go to the right, and he when it gets the grain and went to the left because he saw it.
Man, I'm telling you this this guy right here, this Jonathan Taylor fellow who Jonathan Taylor is going to get better as the year goes on as he as the offensive line, understands how he's gonna be making his brakes and where he wants.
And as you're seeing him actually be a little bit patient.
Look for where the blocks are.
Look for where the holes are.
The Onley thing, The Onley thing that I think Taylor needs to work on is this open field moves.
I have yet to see him really use a stiff arm, especially gets cornerbacks.
I have yet to see him, uh, make an open field move against defensive backs to make them miss rather than think.
Well, I'm a bigger guy.
I could just power over and run over him for a couple of yards.
This is the NFL, and these defensive backs know how to tackle.
You need to be able to make an open field move to make them miss rather than just take them head on, okay? And I think Taylor, we will begin to learn that as the as this NFL 2020 season continues, I think he'll be able to learn that.
I think Marlon Mack, as as we've seen in the videos earlier, that he will get him to that point So as you can see, the early loss of Marlon Mack in Week one, coupled with poor execution by the offensive line and the fact that Jonathan Taylor was still a rookie and very fresh with the NFL, not up the game's not up to the NFL speed, not understanding what his best traits work within the NFL really hampered the Colts run game through the first three weeks of the season.
But over the past three games, Jonathan Taylor has looked much better with the help of Marlon Mack sitting there talking with him and explaining to him what he sees and Taylor, how he works with the offensive line and Taylor just getting experience just flat out is helping him long term.
He still needs to learn a little bit about open field decisions on turning Ah, good play into an outstanding play, right? Those big spark plays that you see occasionally that you would see from Marlon Mack in the last couple of seasons, we haven't really seen that from Jonathan Taylor.
We've seen it once, and that was against the Bears when he beat Rock Juan Smith off the edge.
You probably have seen where Philip Rivers was talking smack toe Laquan Smith about that.
He beat you to the edge.
He beat you to the edge, remember, Um, but just give him time.
Because over the last three weeks he's averaging about 4.
8 yards of carry.
He's just not getting enough carries to make up for those monstrous carries that he carried the first three weeks and had a low yards per carry average last week.
He probably could have had a lot more yards except against the Bengals.
They fell behind three touchdowns early in the game.
They had to go away from the running game for a while in order to allow Rivers and that passing attack to close that gap.
But this week against the Lions, I'm very curious to see how well this offensive line and Jonathan Taylor runs the ball.
And, man, I would love to seen the Heem Heinz coupled with Jonathan Taylor in the backfield, because that would make things very, very interesting for Philip Rivers.
It would be an option.
Rivers is so good at seeing the field he could handed upto up the gut with Jonathan Taylor for what he does north and South very, very well or he thinks he's got the the advantage over on the edge.
He could fake that to Taylor and then pitch it toe Heinz.
And that faith the Taylor would make those outside defenders close in.
And then the pitch the Heinz would allow him, with his speed and agility to make moves on the outside and also increase the running game and the average per average per carry.
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