Film Notes: How SD tripped up Manning

Can other teams duplicate Chargers scheme that may have befuddled Colts QB?

Originally Published: December 3, 2010
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
After breaking down film, Scouts Inc. gives its take on what to watch in the NFL this weekend:

Did the San Diego defense confuse Manning?
Rarely does he look like he is not prepared for what he is seeing, but against this Ron Rivera defense Peyton Manning made uncharacteristic bad throws, and two of his four interceptions went for touchdowns. On the first pick-six, the Colts ran two double crossing routes from left to right, and Manning thought that the LB on his right side was up close, leaving a nice hole in the coverage as Manning looked left to hold him. When he came back right, Manning threw quickly into a zone that he thought was clean, but OLB Kevin Burnett dropped into the hole at the last second as the receiver crossed into his zone for an easy play. On the second pick-six, the Chargers showed a Cover 2 and Manning sent his slot receiver on the right on a deep post to split the safeties and occupy them. He then had the receiver on his left run a crossing route underneath the safeties and he thought he had a nice clean zone look. But one of the safeties showed zone, but was really in man coverage and picked up the crossing receiver and jumped the route. Manning didn't expect him to be there, and it was an easy touchdown for Eric Weddle. Two game-changing San Diego plays on two shocking Manning mistakes.
Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.