Busted Coverage but by Whom?

Jermichael Finley and someone not at all responsible for Finley being wide open, Josh Wilson.

1-10-SEA 27 (3:55) 25-R.Grant left end to SEA 19 for 8 yards (57-D.Hawthorne).

Aaron Curry and Red Bryant are stood up and contained and Grant has a soft corner to round and sprint towards the second level. David Hawthorne worsens the damage by running into the pile and briefly getting tied up with Bryan Bulaga (substituting at guard). He recovers to tackle Grant after eight.

2-2-SEA 19 (3:11) 12-A.Rodgers pass short right to 89-J.Jones to SEA 16 for 3 yards (36-L.Milloy).

Aaron Rodgers exploits soft coverage on second and two. I hate bend but don't break defenses. He hits James Jones running a slant and Seattle surrounds Jones - Nick Reed behind and the to left, Marcus Trufant and Roy Lewis from in front - before Lawyer Milloy reminds everyone that a tackle is the customary way to end a play and lunges and wraps Jones. A generous spot awards Green Bay the first.

1-10-SEA 16 (2:30) 25-R.Grant right tackle to SEA 12 for 4 yards (57-D.Hawthorne, 36-L.Milloy).

Seattle's defense is forced off the line and Grant picks up field looking for just the right hole. He finds it, he thinks, but Hawthorne arrives and fills and caps the damage. This was a four yard run that started like a 16 yard run.

2-6-SEA 12 (1:46) (Shotgun) 12-A.Rodgers pass incomplete short left to 85-G.Jennings [59-A.Curry].

Seattle sets in a 5-1. Curry and Chris Clemons are the right and left end, respectively. Seattle blitzes six. Clemons sends Chad Clifton reeling but never gets around or through the tackle to create real pressure. Curry rounds the edge and hits Rodgers after he throws.

Roy Lewis starts forward, moves hard left and blankets Jennings running into the end zone. Good coverage.

3-6-SEA 12 (1:40) (Shotgun) 12-A.Rodgers pass short middle to 88-J.Finley for 12 yards, TOUCHDOWN. WATCH HIGHLIGHT

Green Bay motions into an empty backfield. Seattle rushes three. The former creates confusion. The latter creates modest but irrelevant pass rush. One of Hawthorne and Milloy blow their assignment.

Milloy is playing over Greg Jennings and when Lewis moves into an underneath zone towards the left flat, Milloy assumes man coverage on Jennings. This is where things begin to break down.

Hawthorne is playing a middle zone. He starts by covering Finley but follows Jennings as Jennings runs a dig route towards the middle of the field.

Both Hawthorne and Milloy cover Jennings allowing Finley to streak free on a post pattern. Either Hawthorne was supposed to stick with Finley or Milloy was supposed to cover the deep middle. Given the coverage by Wilson and Lewis, I think this one is on Milloy. Milloy needs to be deeper than the deepest receiver.

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