Greg Cosell: Saints Should Attack Mikell And Klein In The Pass Game
Greg Cosell, from ESPN’s NFL Matchup show and NFL Films joins the guys for his weekly spot to discuss the week’s film study. Greg also points out the Panthers-Saints will receive a full segment of coverage on NFL matchup this week.
On how the Saints could attack the Panthers defense: The Saints are very multiple offensively and they get a lot of their big plays out of base personnel. I think, in this game they’re going to want to create some big plays out of base personnel, because in their base defense the Panthers have Quentin Mikell and AJ Klein, a rookie, on the field. I think you can attack both of those guys in the pass game. I think in their building, they’re going to make this a formation game. They’re going to line up with a ton of different formations, a ton of different personnel packages. They’re going to get back to doing what they do. The first 15 plays of the game, and I guarantee Ron Rivera and staff are aware, will be 15 different personnel groupings with 15 different formations.
On Ted Ginn as a wide receiver: He’s in a good situation as a number three receiver. When you’re a first round, there’s an expectation you’re a number one wide out. He’s basically a speed guy, he fits the offense because of what they have and how he’s used. He’s also had a couple drops that could’ve been touchdowns. He’s added something, but unfortunately the reason he is where he is in his career is because he always leaves you wanting a little more.
On the Saints rush game: They’re not a let’s establish the run kind of offense. They do run it on occasion, but they’re not going to line up with two backs and says ‘Here we come, stop our run game.’
On the Saints defense vs. Cam: The issue you always face with Cam, even when you win defensively, tactically he can beat you. That’s what separates him. What Rob Ryan is really good at is designer blitzes. There’s about 5 or 6 plays in a game where he blitzes with something you haven’t seen on film. It comes down to how do you handle those plays. If those become really good plays for the Saints ie a turnover, that’s a problem. If you can handle the 5 or 6 designer blitzes, then you’re ok.
Cosell also weighs in on zone defenses, the Panthers running game, and some lingering inconsistencies in Cam’s passing game.