crueltyabc wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:24 pm
Thanks HRS for citing a specific game and calling out specific players. I have to admit I barely watched that last game so I'm willing to check the All-22 and focus on Leno.
The reason I'm asking is because the way I remember the year is more a story about the interior line being absolute dogshit, then added problems when Leno started getting those holding penalties called on run plays going away from his side.
2019 Oline IIRC
Season opens with Leno-Whitehair-Daniels-Long-Massie. Daniels immediately looked bad and threatened to bring Whitehair down. Next we started getting worried about Long - he was reaching and not punching. Is he done? Was it a good idea to put Daniels at center? Are he and Trubisky calling the right protections? Eventually they switched Daniels back to LG and things were better but still bad. Leno getting penalties called. Long totally done. Retire Kyle we love you but you're done. They bring in Coward and we try to give him a few games because he's being pressed into service but eventually conclude he's bad. Very bad. I remember watching a game and noting him losing vs his man on 9 straight plays. I don't remember the opponent but it wasn't Aaron Donald. Anyway, eventually they stop calling stuff on Leno and Massie goes out. Lucas is only medium bad which is a nice surprise. The fact that he's playing next to Coward and thus getting no help yet not embarrassing himself is actually impressive.
The whole time there are a ton of other distractions including Nagy playcalling, Trubisky everything, WR drops, TEs off the streets etc etc. I just don't come away from the season thinking Leno was the main problem and definitely don't remember caring about Massie at all.
** Pause as I fire up Game Pass All-22**
Pretty good first drive
Needed chipping help at times but run plays were going his direction and succeeding
Looks like a veteran relying on running his guy out of the play more than driving him back
Gets beat and gives up a QB hit on 3rd and 7 in the red zone. Mitch threw at 5 yard pass so they settled for field goal - Leno may have caused Mitch to make that call or maybe you credit the vikings with a good tackle on miller (no RAC)
He gets beat badly on a screen going the other way but no impact
Right side of the line looks really bad here as Nagy calls two screens in a row (?!) that get destroyed
Nice throw by Mitch followed by nice run by Montgomer get team back on schedule
Mitch gets nice protection (whitehair looks good) and threads the needle to get Bears to the red zone
Another screen pass to the right wtf it’s not working Matt!!
Mitch bails out of a pretty clean pocket on 2nd and 9
Jailbreak on 3rd and 9 so they settle for a field goal again. Ugh just a bad series.
Vikings switch up their front and it’s effective
Daniels gets beat, then Leno leaves his guy unblocked rushing inside (?!) Daniels chases and loses. Bad look for both guys
Vikings bail us out with a penalty
Mitch throws a hospital ball toward Wims who makes a business decision to let it sail by
Wims slips and falls - send in megapunt. Bush downs it at the 1. Can he play SS? Would be nice if he could
Oline looked fine in that second series after rough start
Leno’s guy does a good job setting the edge, and the interior opens no hole for Cohen
Again there are two screens in a row (?!) and the Bears are facing third down
Leno gets arguably beat but more of a problem that Larsen-Lucas fail to pick up a blitzer
Monty with a nice run to the left. Leno in on a combo block that i’d like to see him get off, but it was a good gain
Three straight good runs to the left. Daniels and Holtz are getting it done. Leno along for the ride
Bears stick with the run and it’s working
I spot Bars getting beat and have a sad
Montgomery looking good
Leno could be getting more push but isn’t causing trouble
Vikings get sick of it and run blitz. Too many purple hats for our heroes
Trubisky with a nice throw - red zone
Monty with a nice run as Larsen and Lucas (!!) beat their guys and open a hole
Vikings have to punt. I can’t believe the Bears are only up by 12. Ugh.
Leno gets beat and Mitch has to throw it away; takes a hit
Mitch makes a bad throw
Daniels gets beat and Mitch is smart to dump it off. Cohen almost gets the 1st with some good RAC
Seventh Drive (so frustrated that the game is close)
Poorly blocked outside zone play but Monty makes it work somehow (I sorta love him?)
Same play, same result but this time they defend the cutback
WHY ARE WE RUNNING THE SAME PLAYS MULTIPLE TIMES IN A ROW
Whitehair gets beat and gives up a sack
Lucas gets driven into Mitch, Leno trying to run his guy behind Mitch but Mitch is backpedalling from Lucas’s guy - strip sack returned by DL for TD this hurts all over again
Eighth Drive (4min left)
Mitch putting together a nice drive with quick throws
Oline not looking great but not asked to do anything but stand in the way
Mitch decides to scramble despite adequate protection and open receivers
Mitch nearly throws a pick - i think they were spying him these last two plays
The beautiful 4th and 9 play follows (Leno getting pushed back badly, flushes Mitch)
Two bad runs by Monty
Ugh the thing where the Vikings tried to let the Bears score the TD but Nagy was playing for final FG
Game over we lose I hate you guys for making me re-watch this
Leno was average-to-good but the strip sack was a killer. Basically two bad plays by him but one was very costly because this team did so terribly in the red zone.
I'm sorry but I didn't come away dying to replace him. Every other player and the playcaller were also inconsistent. Since we can't fire everyone I think we look more at shoring up that right side and hopefully get more consistent overall.