Tale of the Tape: Breaking down the five-way sack of Brandon Weeden
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 the five-way sack of Brandon Weeden on Sunday.
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3.( September 16, 2013 )
The Ravens had their cornerbacks in man coverage against the three Browns wide receivers, and they played tight coverage at the line. Smith stuck with Little, who ran a vertical route. Graham let Benjamin run by him to Webb and pounced on Bess, denying a short curl route. Cameron ran across the formation and was open for a second, but Weeden was backpedaling after taking the shotgun snap and didn't have his timing synced up with the big tight end, who was quickly picked up by rookie free safety Matt Elam.
By the time Weeden planted his back foot nine yards behind the line of scrimmage, Upshaw was all over his blind side, Brown hit him from the other side and a trio of Ravens swarmed him from the front. The only rusher who didn't get to him was Ngata, who had drawn a double team. Smith and Brown were credited with half sacks, but it could have been split five ways with Suggs, Dumervil and Upshaw, too.
It was one of a few plays on Sunday when multiple Ravens raced to see who could get to Weeden first.
"Yeah, but that's a good thing," said Suggs, who also has two sacks in the team's first two games. "You want guys getting after it and everybody's fighting for it, and I've got to say our defensive coordinator, Dean Pees, called one hell of a blitz [package]. He mixed it up, just letting the guys get after it up front."