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On Moving Pockets and Stagnant Drives

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the San Diego Chargers at Qwest Field on September 26 2010 in Seattle Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 26: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the San Diego Chargers at Qwest Field on September 26 2010 in Seattle Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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One play worked. One play worked, and it only sort of worked. I welcome interpretations on how the third and final play of this drive was supposed to work, because it looked hopelessly botched in design.

  • Antonio Garay knocks back Chris Spencer and tackles Justin Forsett.
  • Screen attempt to Golden Tate that doesn't work and yet still succeeds. Tyler Polumbus is not fast enough into the left flat and Tate has to dodge Kevin Burnett almost immediately after receiving the pass. That slows everything down and allows the Chargers to rally and tackle. Apart from Polumbus, this could have been a solid play. At one point, Tate has four blockers, including an ardent John Carlson.
  • Strange play call. Both Deion Branch and Mike Williams quick curl, but Matt Hasselbeck never looks in their direction. Justin Forsett has motioned into the right flat and he is single covered by Burnett. The pocket slides right. The Chargers have overloaded the left. One would think this is the perfect play call, with the Chargers committing six pass rushers but not generating any pressure, but the culmination of good blocking, no pressure, a moving pocket and two decoy curls on the left, is a pass at Forsett's feet that is essentially a throw away.