Packers vs. Colts: Film Study – B.J. Raji (Preseason 2010)

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  1. A_Lerxst_in_Packerland
    August 30, 2010

    Very insightful. Let’s hope Raji continues to develop and fulfill his potential.

    Oh, and how on earth did an official not see that hold against Woodson? I mean, c’mon!

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    • Jersey Al
      Jersey Al
      August 30, 2010

      Raji has all the physical tools, he just needs to develop a little attitude.

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      • SpiderPack
        August 30, 2010

        Jersey Al, do ya think MM & the boys recognize the need for a more ripping attitude from BJ and will get creative with ways to help him find his “inner hell child” if you will? To me, MM has always seemed a little too mild mannered to be a top-flight football coach in the “firey motivational” sense, though I’ve picked up on a little more of the spunk he has since I’ve been following the team more closely this year.

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      • Jersey Al
        Jersey Al
        August 30, 2010

        I have lambasted MM in the past for not lighting a fire under the players’ asses sometimes. Here’s just one example:

        http://www.jerseyal.com/GBP/2009/09/20/green-bay-packers-bengals-aftermath-is-mike-mccarthy-in-charge-here/

        But I have to be fair. I have noticed a slight difference this year. He is quicker to jump on a plyer after a bonehead mistake and he seems just a bit more ornery, in general. All of which are good things, in my opinion.

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  2. PackersRS
    August 30, 2010

    “It would server Raji well, however, to learn how to “turn it on” a bit more during a game and go to that nasty place where no prisoners are ever taken. Add strongman Mike Neal to the equation, who has also shown the ability to collapse the pocket from the inside, and opposing quarterbacks may actually have to earn their completions this season.”

    You know that I’ve been saying that our problem last year, as much as, if not more than coverage, was the ability to disrupt the pocket, moreso than developing pass rush.

    I wasn’t liking what I was seeing from Raji in the first preseason games; to me, Pickett was still a more effective NT.

    Hoping that the draft pick and the depth move that were so good on paper translates to the football field, and that the lack of nastiness is due to meaningless preaseason games…

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    • Jersey Al
      Jersey Al
      August 30, 2010

      Disrupting the pocket is a big deal. Lack of doing so can lead to outstanding QB performances against you. We saw a few of those last season.

      Assuming good health, I think Raji will be a better all-around player than Pickett by the end of this season.

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  3. NickGBP
    August 30, 2010

    Any concern that his height has something to do with his lack of “vision” on some plays? Maybe I’m wrong but isnt he a good 3 inches shorter than the “typical” nose? Does that have any relevance?

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    • Jersey Al
      Jersey Al
      August 30, 2010

      A good thought, but looking around the league, there are many NTs that are the same height as Raji. Don’t think height is an important factor in there.

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      • PackersRS
        August 31, 2010

        It is, but in contrary. The shorter the player, the lower his center of gravity, and the better he can anchor against the opposing OL…

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  4. Ryguy812
    August 30, 2010

    Didn’t we have a D-lineman with a nasty streak and attitude? Oh yeah, he’s suspended for the entire season.
    Raji will be fine, he’s getting push and eventually those OLBs will start realizing they dont have to cut corners so much around the edge and that’ll lead to a lot more QB hits

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    • Jersey Al
      Jersey Al
      August 30, 2010

      Nasty and stupid…

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    • PackersRS
      August 31, 2010

      There’s a clear example that nastiness doesn’t necessarily translate to better pass rush. He was good for 1 (ONE) sack, and almost no pass rush (damn you, PFF, with your premium BS)…

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  5. c.d. angeli
    August 30, 2010

    I don’t know how much I buy into “nasty” as being a prerequisite for being an effective nose tackle: Gilbert wasn’t necessarily nasty, he was just stout, consistent, and disrupted the pocket.

    However, in the 3-4, Raji’s ability to do just that is amplified: Gilbert had another interior lineman next to him, while Raji is technically the lynchpin in all the defense wants to do. If he holds his position, takes up two blockers, and can push them back into the pocket, it allows no escape route for the quarterback as the DEs and OLBs make their route along the outside.

    No NT in the 3-4 is going to be putting up tremendous stats, and will rely on film study like this for us to see how effective he really is. Excellent job, Al, and it is encouraging to see Raji starting to develop.

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    • Jersey Al
      Jersey Al
      August 30, 2010

      It’s not a “prerequisite”, but a lot of nasty stuff will happen in that area known as the interior line. Having a mean streak will only help. And what I’m really referring to is that Raji can be a bit “soft” on some plays. I want him mad at somebody on each down – no plays off.

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  6. titletown96
    August 31, 2010

    Jersey Al, thanks for those vids. I personally think that while Pickett is a stud at stopping the run, I think he hurts us on passing plays. thank God we have Mike Neal, without him we’d be in a big hole, I just love the way he collapses the pocket. Now I’m hoping the Packers make a trade or pick up another D.E. to help with depth at the D.E. position. Pickett will still be valuable to us as a back up to Raji (to give him a breather), short yardage situations and to help make a goal line stand. Just my opinion though…

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    • Jersey Al
      Jersey Al
      August 31, 2010

      Good point on Neal. Without him, the DL would be pretty shaky now with Jolly gone. May turn out to be a top-5 TT move someday!

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  7. Chad Toporski
    fhornplayer83
    August 31, 2010

    Thanks for the insight on Raji this preseason. Something we haven’t really heard much of.

    There’s a balance to be struck as a football player in any position with regards to their aggressiveness. As you pointed out, Raji could definitely step it up some in this department. Of course, you’ve got other guys who don’t seem to have much restraint. Jolly was a good example.

    Speaking of which, have you heard the buzz about Suh vs. Delhomme? Don’t know if he’s like this all the time, but it’s a good example of how aggressiveness can go too far:

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-cant-miss-plays/09000d5d81a15769/Throw-him-down-big-man-Throw-him-down

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    • Jersey Al
      Jersey Al
      August 31, 2010

      Thanks. I like examining line play, and I have been real curious to see if Raji is starting to look like a top-10 pick. Some signs are there.

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    • PackersRS
      August 31, 2010

      Ndamukong likes head. GIVE ME HEAD!

      I like that kid already.

      Now, picture week 3 of the regular season. And replace Jake Delhomme with the home team starting QB. YES!

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  8. Tarynfor12
    Taryn
    August 31, 2010

    Suh is trying to establish himself as one to be feared as he should but,stupid follows you a long time and those actions will warrant the ref’s to flag your ass alot more than you might really deserve.Smart and nasty yes,mean and stupid-DUH SUH.

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    • Jersey Al
      Jersey Al
      August 31, 2010

      Smart and Nasty – I like that…

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    • PackersRS
      August 31, 2010

      Yeah, if he does that at the hupty dump you won’t feel it’s so stupid…

      GOOOO SUH!

      (yes, I know. I’ll be the first to curse if it’s at Lambeau.)

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  9. John Rehor
    John Rehor
    August 31, 2010

    If Raji does his job properly (occupying 2 -3 blockers while pushing the pile back) I will be satisfied with his non flashy stats. His job is not to put up the glory numbers as C.D. stated. However, it is not good when the anchor of the DL gets turned around on a play.Raji has to find a way to hold his ground on every play, and not lose sight of the ball. Hopefully, the few times this has happened this preseason are the anomalies of his career and his still developing in the NFL.

    Great job Al.

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    • Jersey Al
      Jersey Al
      August 31, 2010

      Yep. I saw it a lot more the first two games, than this one, so hopefully, he’s getting comfortable…

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  10. Ron LC
    August 31, 2010

    Looking at the blown run defense on the first play, I saw something that made me think it was more a bad read than getting turned around. Not that that makes much difference it still cost them 47 yards. As he was driving his man into the backfield slanting to the right, it appeared he saw something and made an abrurpt change in direction 180 degrees to the left. His blocker then pushed him out of the play. Had he kept moving in the original direction he would have forced the runner deeper and coverage would have stopped him.

    Still a mistake, mental not physical.

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