Tale of the Tape: Breaking down Daryl Smith's interception vs. the Texans
Each week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players and coaches, from that week's game. Today, he looks at Daryl Smith's interception return for a touchdown.
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2.( Screenshot from CBS / September 22, 2013 )
The Ravens were in a Cover 3 zone defense that dropped four players into the intermediate depth and three more into deep zones. Cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith retreated to the outside deep thirds and strong safety James Ihedigbo took the deep middle. Free safety Matt Elam ran up to take one of the intermediate zones and strong-side linebacker Elvis Dumervil dropped into another one.
After glancing over at Martin, Smith shifted his eyes to Daniels. Graham had run straight up the seam and appeared to be carrying Smith with him, opening up space for Daniels, who had ran to the left before darting back to the right in a follow concept. Smith quickly passed off Graham into the deep zones, swiveled his hips and drove down on Daniels' route, something that Schaub was not expecting.
The Ravens had sent a four-man rush. And while defensive tackle Arthur Jones was splitting a pair of interior offensive linemen when Schaub released the pass off his back foot, he wasn't under serious pressure.
"It was a poor read on my part," Schaub said. "I made a bad decision, and the guy made a good play. I should have just checked down and thrown to one of my backs. It was a huge turnaround coming right before halftime."