Apr
15
2021

The Film Doesn’t Lie: An Introduction

In today’s day and age, the truth can be hard to come across. This is true for all aspects of life as well as football. While watching a game live may make the game appear simple, there are a whole different set of things going on. It is the game within the game, and the only way to see it is to dive into the film.

“We never get too high, and we never get too low. We just need to stay steady.”

This was some of the best advice that I had ever been given by a football coach. It can apply to many things, life, relationships, work, and of course football. This coach also gave me some more good advice of the same nature.

“The film is never as good as it seems, and it’s never as bad as you think it is.”

It’s a pretty good way to think about things but always comes to finding balance in everything. Basically, no matter how bad some things look, there are always gems to find, and no matter how good something appears, there is always something that can be made better. It is kind of funny having a coach for a sport that requires violent contact on every play breaking things down like a zen master, but these things do apply to everyday life. He also had a quote that we had posted on the wall in our meeting room.

“Greatness is attainted by paying close attention to the small details.”

Whenever a quarterback throws a great pass for a touchdown, we all see him throw a tight spiral, and we all see the wide receiver catch the ball and score. What we don’t see when watching the game live is the quarterback looking off the safety who is creeping in the middle of the field. We don’t get to see the center make a pre-snap protection call to pick up a blitzing linebacker. We don’t see the left tackle throw a fake jab with his hands to induce the edge upfield, only to come back with his inside hand to win the block.

Like most things, we see the complete product, but never the little things that make it happen the way it does.”

Watching the film in football has been around for decades now, and with today’s technology, it has become an advanced and fascinating way to view the game. I watched film from the time I was a freshman playing high school football, all the way up until I played my last college season.

From the first minute, I was hooked instantly. It provided a way to not only improve personal play but to also see the game from a whole different perspective. The unindoctrinated wouldn’t think an offensive tackle would have to pay much attention to what the secondary is doing, considering his job is to crash into the mad across from him.

That being said, it makes a big difference if the defense is planning a blitz off the edge. In most instances, the alignment of the safety and linebacker is a big tell for a blitz coming, because after all if a team blitzes, they have to have another play ready to take over the vacated spot on the field.

The naked eye will not see this, but with enough study of film it can be easy to pick out.

To me, this is fascinating, and also a big reason why I got into posting film clips to Twitter, and writing about the results of small details.

Super Bowl LIV

The play above helped the Kansas City Chiefs wins the Super Bowl in 2020. We all saw the great throw from Patrick Mahomes, but the film shows how he did it. The 11 step drop is about as deep as any QB in history has ever taken. Left tackle Eric Fisher knocking Nick Bosa inside and not letting him win on his stunt gives Mahomes more time to continue his deep drop. It looks like magic, but it all has to do with many small things done right.

This is the kind of thing that I hope to use this new series to uncover. It isn’t hard to find the big plays, or find what makes great players great. It is hard to figure out why things play out the way they do or even find flaws in teams that lead to their potential demise.

We all know the Chiefs offensive line was embarrassed in the Super Bowl. The injury was a part of it, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s had a plan that was set in place based on film they had seen from a game earlier in the season.

Week 16: Chiefs vs Falcons

The Chiefs were able to overcome this Week 16 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons with pure talent. When the Super Bowl came around, and the talent was more even they were not. Tampa used the same twists and line stunts as well as protection to throw off Mahomes and, ultimately, beat the Chiefs.

Most of the writing I have done in the last year or so has been covering and sharing the film on the Kansas City Chiefs, but rest assured, this series will be more than just an extension of that. I will look to give film breakdowns on some of the biggest plays of the NFL week, the game’s most underrated stars, and even display what new concepts are taking the league by storm.

Some topics to look forward to in the future will include, the rise of the RPO in the NFL, the best OL and DL matchups of all time, the top “Glue Guys” in the league, and much more. Every game, every player, and every snap has a story. I can only hope to be able to share my interpretation of these stories with you.