Thursday, 5 April 2012

A study in Mike Williams part one: 2010 Week 1 vs. Browns

1st Quarter

(15:00) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide left. At the snap, goes up and blocks the covering CB, doesn't take his hands off him until the play is over. (Run play)

(14:21) 2nd & 2: Williams lines up wide left. Beats the CB to the outside, stops then cuts inside, but the CB is infront of him. Freeman looks at him, but sees the CB is standing in front of him. Williams continues running the in route, but Freeman takes off with the ball.

(13:49) 3rd & 1: Williams lines up wide left. Williams runs a slant, which causes the CB to freeze. (Run play)

(13:11) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Blocks the CB, again blocks him through the end of the play. (Run play)

(12:24) 2nd & 9: Williams line up wide left. Runs a go route (clearing out the CB for Jerramy Stevens [remember him?] on an out route underneath).

(11:48) 3rd & 1: Williams lines up wide left. Freeman takes a quick 3-step drop. Williams runs a slant route. Freeman's ball hits him right in the hands, Williams reins it in. CB is trailing him, tackles him pretty much soon as catch is made. 9 yard gain.

(11:11) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide right. Runs a slant route. (Run play)

(10:29) 2nd & 5: Williams lines up slot right. Runs a shallow slant, then blocks the LB covering him until the whistle is blown. (Run play)

(9:52) 3rd & 5: Williams lines up slot right. Runs a go route. Freeman is pressured so never looks in William's direction.

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(6:55) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a slant route. (Run play)

(6:20) 2nd & 8: Williams lines up slot left. Runs a slant route. (Run play)

(5:36) 3rd & 6: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a hitch route, waits for the ball. Freeman is sacked. Williams would have been open.

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(2:40) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Williams runs a 3-step slant, then turns into a shallow in route (about 2-3 yards upfield, then turns back inside and runs straight across the field). Williams is covered initially, but separates from the DB when he cuts inside. Freeman throws to Stroughter running a go route (DPI on Stroughter).

(2:32) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide right. Runs a go route. From Freeman's reactions, looks like he's covered, as Free tucks it in and runs with it instead.

(1:54) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide right. Appears to run a post route. Ball hits Williams in the stomach - announcers say is is a bad throw by Freeman (resulting from his injured thumb).

(1:46) 2nd & 10: Williams lines up wide right. Williams takes a dummy step, which causes the CB to step back, then turns infield for the smoke route. Catches the ball, but the defense is on him as soon as he catches it, bring him down.

(1:03) 3rd & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Freeman calls time out.

(0:59) 3rd & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Runs go route. Freeman throws to Spurlock running a curl route, never looks to Williams.

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2nd Quarter

(10:24) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a slant route. (Run play)

(9:44) 2nd & 12: Williams lines up wide right. Runs a slant route. Freeman throws to him but it goes WAY over his head - indicative of the broken thumb.

(9:37) 3rd & 12: Williams lines up wide right. Runs a go route. Freeman looks briefly in Williams' direction but throws to Winslow instead.


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(5:24) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide right. Runs a slant route. (Run play)

(4:47) 2nd & 8: Williams lines up wide left. Runs deep post route. Ball looks like it's heading right for Williams' hands but the DB knocks it away (at first it looks like a drop by Williams, but in replays it's clear the DB's hand knocked the ball away).

(4:35) 3rd & 8: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a go route. Freeman doesn't look at Williams (unless Williams turns it into a post at the top, cannot see from broadcast film), gets sacked. Offsetting penalties (Cleveland, too many men on the play, Tampa Bay, delay of game). Repeat 3rd down.

(4:28) 3rd & 8: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a deep in route. Freeman throws to Spurlock (Williams was open)

(3:35) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a slant route. (Run play)

(2:56) 2nd & 6: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a slant route. (Run play)

(2:10) 3rd & 5: Williams lines up wide right. Freeman takes a timeout.

(2:10) 3rd & 5: Williams lines up wide right. Runs a go route. Freeman throws to Winslow. (Williams was covered)

Two minute warning

(2:00) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide right. Runs a hook route. Freeman throws incomplete at Stroughter. (Williams was open)

(1:53) 2nd & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a hitch & go route. (Run play. Brought back for holding by Winslow)

(1:45) 2nd & 20: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a post route. Freeman throws an interception, intended for Spurlock. (Williams was open)

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(0:25) 1st & Goal: Williams lines up wide left. Williams runs an in route. Freeman throws to Williams, but the ball is behind him. Williams reaches backwards, tips the ball in the air, then spins round, catching it as it comes down, and makes sure to tap his toes in as he falls backwards out the back of the end zone. Touchdown. (Yup, that play)

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3rd Quarter

(10:53) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Runs up to the CB, blocks him, then releases and turns infield, looks for a safety to block but the play is blown dead before he reaches one. (Run play)

(10:18) 2nd & 5: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a slant route, than cuts it off to try and block the covering CB, but the CB gets past him. (Run play)

(9:38) 3rd & 5: Williams lines up slot right. Runs what looks like a deep hook route. Freeman's pass to Stroughter batted down by CB. (Williams was covered)

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(7:55) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Runs what looks like either a deep in route or a post route. Freeman passes to Stroughter. (Williams was covered)

(7:20) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide right. Runs a shallow slant. (Run play)

(6:48) 2nd & 10: Williams lines up wide right. Stalk blocks the CB. CB gets off the block but Williams stays with him, either pushing him out the way with one hand or holding on his shoulder pad - you could make the argument for either. Williams & the CB run right past the head linesman with the arm on the shoulder and does not draw a flag, implying it could be a push rather than a hold. (Play is brought back anyway for a hold by Davin Joseph)

(6:21) 2nd & 18: Williams lines up wide right. Runs an in route. Freeman passes to Graham. (Williams did not have any defenders on him directly, but there were defenders upfield from him who would have stepped into any passes thrown in his direction, so not truly 'open')

(5:47) 3rd & 10: Williams lines up wide right. Williams starts heading downfield, then the camera pans away from him, and is not seen on screen again this play. Freeman throws short to Caddy Williams, well short of a first down.

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(3:11) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide right. Runs a slant route, then cuts it off to block a DB. (Run play)

(2:34) 2nd & 5: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a go route. Freeman passes to Caddy Williams. (Williams ran out of shot, cannot see if he is open or covered)

(1:52) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a slant route. (Run play)

(1:10) 2nd & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Williams runs an in route. Freeman's pass to Winslow is broken up by a safety. (Williams was covered)

(1:03) 3rd & 10: Williams lines up tight left, outside slot in a 4-wide 2x2 tight set. Williams runs downfield, but out of shot of the camera, cannot see how the route develops, or whether or not he was open. Freeman throws to Winslow, short of the first down.

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4th Quarter

(13:27) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Williams runs a slant/corner route. On the slant manages to get inside the CB, then turns downfield, running past his defender. With his defender running behind him, Williams then cuts back outside, with the CB trailing him. Freeman throws the ball to him, and Williams take 2 steps back towards the ball, catches it, then turns back downfield. Three defenders are on top of him immediately, tackling him. Gain of 17.

(12:48) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Runs up to the safety, blocks him. (Run play)

(12:08) 2nd & 6: Williams lines up wide left. Takes a dummy step forward, causing the CB to backpedal, then turns back in field for the smoke route. Williams catches the ball, turns downfield, but there are two defenders on him. Shifts a little to try and fake them, then lunges forward. Picks up a yard.

(11:26) 3rd & 5: Williams lines up slot left. Runs downfield, out of shot. Freeman is sacked.

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(8:37) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide right. Runs a deep in. Freeman throws at Winslows, pass is too high, sails over his head. (Williams was open)

(8:32) 2nd & 10: Williams lines up wide right. Runs a go route. Freeman passes incomplete to Stroughter, Stroughter stumbles breaking out of the route, falls down in front of the pass. (Williams was double-covered)

(8:26) 3rd & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a go route, runs out of shot. Freeman completes to Stroughter. First down.

(7:43) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a deep corner route. Williams is wide open, Freeman throws to him but massively overthrows - if the throw was shorter, would have been a definite touchdown. Announcers say pass was off because of Freeman's broken thumb.

(7:35) 2nd & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Runs an in route. (Run play)

(6:56) 3rd & 10: Williams lines up slot left. Runs a deep out route. Freeman throws a deep over-the-shoulder pass to Spurlock on a go route on the other side of the field for a touchdown. (Williams had beaten the CB's coverage, but because of a CB covering Stroughter on a route underneath Williams, who might have been in position to make a play on a pass to Williams, wasn't truly open)

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(6:17) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a slant route, looks upfield for a safety to block but doesn't find one. (Run play)

(5:30) 2nd & 6: Williams lines up wide left, then motions across, sets up wide right. Freeman calls a timeout.

(5:30) 2nd & 6: Williams lines up wide left. Stalk blocks the CB covering him. (Run play)

(4:46) 3rd & 1: Williams lines up wide left, motions across the formation, stops and turns downfield behind Stroughter in the left slot. Runs a slant route. (Run play)

(3:56) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a slant route, pushes a CB. (Run play)

(3:11) 2nd & 4: Williams lines up wide left. Blocks a CB. (Run play)

(2:25) 3rd & 1: Williams not on the field.

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(0:56) 1st & 10: Williams lines up wide right. Stalk blocks CB. (Run play)

Cleveland time out.


(0:51) 2nd & 8: Williams lines up wide left. Stalk blocks CB. (Run play)

Cleveland time out.


(0:44) 3rd & 1: Williams lines up wide right. Stalk blocks CB. (Run play)

Cleveland time out.


(0:39) 4th & 1: Williams lines up wide left. Runs a slant route. Freeman is sacked. (Hard to tell because he runs out of shot, but looks like Williams was about to be open when he ran out of shot)

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