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Rams Vs. Chiefs: Breaking Down Some Plays With Video

For the second edition of breaking down the tape we're going to take a look at a few plays from the Chiefs preseason game against the Rams. Thanks again to video guru BFett for providing the clips to these plays so we can take a closer look at some things that were going on out on the field.

In case you missed the last post, you can check that out right here when we took a look at some plays against the Ravens. These are not always "highlight reel" plays, and most of the time they won't be. I like to look at things that happen away from the ball or find little things that aren't necessarily noticed at first glance.

I'm not an expert in breaking down plays as I'm just describing things that I see from these plays and there are links to these plays so they can be viewed and discussed by everyone. There will be offensive and defensive clips in this post as we'll make it one post each week.

Follow after the jump to watch these plays and discuss your thoughts in the comments section.

The first play was in the first quarter and there are a couple of different things to notice during this play. One of the most underappreciated positions on the field for the defense is the role that Jovan Belcher plays. As the strongside linebacker on the inside he is consistently taking on bigger, more physical lineman right in the middle of the action. While most people tend to follow the ball while watching plays. Take a look at this play and see the overall development of what happens when he does his job.

Check out the play right here.

Belcher steps up into his gap and has an absolute collision with the offensive lineman, combined with Eric Berry coming up to help on the run on the same side, you'll notice the running back feel this gap being closed and heads the other direction. It was also one of the few plays in the game that Studebaker got off his block and made a play. Belcher didn't get credit on this play but that lineman didn't get a chance to get up-field and block because he was stopped in his tracks by Belcher.

This next play will not be on the highlight reel for Rodney Hudson or Branden Albert. It didn't have much to do with the play but it was entertaining after watching each play several times to find something to smile about during this game.

Check out the play right here.

This next play is something at first glance looks nothing more than pure speed from Justin Houston on an almost-sack of Sam Bradford. When you take a closer look at the point in which Houston blows right by the right tackle it's a cross-over step in which he accelarates past the lineman.

Check out that play right here.

Elite players have the ability to burst past offensive lineman and Houston has displayed some of that speed this preseason. It's more impressive that he's doing it with great footwork in addition to his athleticism. He has functional athleticism. You'll notice that he's burning right past former No. 2 pick Jason Smith on the play.

The next play is one that MNChiefs described in his post on Saturday. It's the play in which Derrick Johnson sacks Sam Bradford and had a clear shot straight to the QB. Jon McGraw does his job and occupies the blockers that would keep DJ from having a clear shot to Bradford.

Check out that play right here.

When you watch the second replay you'll see the defensive lineman all heading to the left and McGraw coming in and clearing out the running back so DJ has a straight shot to Bradford. It's plays like this that show you that sometimes sacks and great defensive plays are the product of everyone doing their job, not just the player who gets the stat for the play.

The next play needs to be watched in three different parts. The first time you watch the clip pay attention to Matt Cassel's feet, the second time watch the middle-linebacker who slides over in way of the pass, and the final time watch Dexter McCluster take a pop blocking the blitzing linebacker. 

Check out the play right here.

You'll notice that Cassel has to wait to throw the ball until the lane opens up when Urban crosses past the linebacker impeding the throwing lane. He's shuffling his feet while waiting for that throw, and considering he has (once again) Dexter protecting him from picking up the blitz. I'll give Dex some credit though, he sticks his nose in there and takes a pop. But Cassel hung in there and everyone did their job. Successful play. Watching the play in these three parts gives you an idea of what Cassel is thinking and feeling as he's waiting for the lane to open.

If you're a Dion Gales fan you'll probably want to keep your eyes closed for the next two plays. This is an example of what can't happen for a 3/4 end on running plays. He's the right DE.

Check it out here, and also here.

I can't tell you the linebacker is at the top of the screen in the first play but he and McGraw lock their man up and hold their ground. But Gales and the rest of the DL get pushed around and opens a huge lane for a big play. They get pushed around and it clogs any lane for a linebacker to run and make a play. The same goes for the second play. The DL are getting shoved down the field and it doesn't give the linebackers any chance to fill a gap and make a play.

There has been a lot of talk about Barry Richardson and his three holding penalties. Rather than show you something that for one, you don't really want to see, and two, has been discussed thoroughly. I thought I'd show him doing something positive in the game. 

Check out the play right here.

I'll show you a Jared Gaither play here in a bit, but this is BRich's strength. It's pass protection that gives him problems and it's not something that really surprises us for the most part. We knew that coming in to this season but it's something we hoped he would have improved on. So far it doesn't look like he has.

Jared Gaither was a manimal on pass-blocking. When he got his hands on the rusher, they weren't going anywhere. His run-blocking skills are mirror images of BRich's pass-blocking skills. If you put the two together you have (Insert favorite OT ever).

Check out the play right here.

You can see the throwing lane opening up on the second replay that gives Stanzi the room to convert the 4th down pass. It seems like a race between BRich getting better at pass protection and Gaither becoming a better run-blocker. Haley said something needed to change and either of these players progressing on these things will be the change we need to see.

The last play is from rookie UDFA Brandon Bair. He's the end on the right (closest to us). He does a textbook job of occupying two blockers on the LOS and maintaining his positioning throughout the play that allows the middle-linebacker to run free towards the running back. 

Check out the play right here.

It didn't necessarily determine the play, but it's a great example of how a 3/4 end doing his job can allow the 'backer to make a play. You'll notice Cameron Sheffield also doing a great job of making a play in the run game. 

That's it for this week. Although it wasn't the best game to watch, there are still some encouraging things that we can take away from the game on an individual basis. Did you notice anything else during these plays good or bad?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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