Bengals Film Study: Haden's Return Not Enough to Stop Cincinnati

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Against zone coverage, Dalton checks into a quick-hitting play to take advantage of the cushion and manipulate the coverage to create throwing lanes.

This coverage is another favorite of the Browns, the Cover 1 robber. The safety tries to take the underneath route away, but Dalton checks into this play that combats the off-coverage. With the cushion, Dalton runs a quick-hitting play. With the cushion to the right and the passing lane that is created by the underneath slant, Dalton will make this throw all day.

Dalton sees man coverage with a single-high safety and sends everybody downfield, finding Tate for a 44-yard score.

Once Dalton started becoming comfortable against the zone coverage, the Browns begin running much more man-to-man. It became a bit of a chess match, with Dalton diagnosing the coverage and checking into one of his audible packages based on the coverage.

Many times Dalton ran vertical plays to test the man coverage. Although Haden will blanket Green, he will likely still receive safety help over the top like on this Brandon Tate touchdown. When the high safety opens his hips and shades to Green’s side, Dalton looks to Tate and hits him on a 44-yard touchdown pass.

Jermaine Gresham’s out-and-up route helped draw the safety over, and cleared the middle of the field for Andrew Hawkins’ whip route from the slot. In the right slot, Marvin Jones showed why he has not seen the field as much as we had hoped, as he is jammed on the line so badly that he can not release to run his route.

Often, the toughest transition for a rookie wide receiver is to learn to get off the line against press coverage, something that he did not often face in college.

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