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Steelers - Masters of the pick play ....

Manny in CA : 9/15/2020 1:21 am

Which is supposed to be illegal in the NFL, but the Pats are the best, the Steelers right behind them.

They targeted rookie Darnay Holmes (who I think will be an outstanding player), all night, with that play. (He wasn't the only one).



Is it supposed to be illegal?  
Leg of Theismann : 9/15/2020 3:26 am : link
Is that a new rule? I thought if executed cleanly a pick play is legal. Unless it’s just always been illegal and teams have been getting away with it for years? .... I mean particularly if the defender runs into his own man it’s definitely legal, right? Though idk how often that happens when they run it. I thought it was legal either way as long as there’s no clear and obvious OPI (shoving or real
forcible contact).
Two WRs crosssing isn't illegal  
JohnB : 9/15/2020 5:06 am : link
it's just that our DBs couldn't mirror the move and cleanly cross each other. That isn't a pick play.

A pick play requests one of the WRs actively trying to create contact with a DB.
On one play 2 Giant DBs  
RetroJint : 9/15/2020 6:58 am : link
looked like Keystone Kops . Disappointed that the Giants handled those so poorly . It looks like the DBs wanted to switch on the receivers but weren’t sure . The DB coach has work to do but it’s evident that he only has maybe 2 guys who can cover .
Bradberry was actually  
section125 : 9/15/2020 7:04 am : link
worse than Holmes.

Yes the pick is supposed to be illegal, but only if one of the WRs contacts the DBs without actually trying to run a route.
Bunch plays are picks.

Now they have something to work on this week.
Every team in the league uses "rub" or "pick" plays  
Mike from Ohio : 9/15/2020 9:25 am : link
Running two receivers near each other to disrupt the defense isn't illegal. The WR blocking the DB is illegal. The play where Bradbury and either Ballentine or Holmes ran into each other was completely legal.
RE: Bradberry was actually  
Josh in the City : 9/15/2020 10:17 am : link
In comment 14972550 section125 said:
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worse than Holmes.

Yes the pick is supposed to be illegal, but only if one of the WRs contacts the DBs without actually trying to run a route.
Bunch plays are picks.

Now they have something to work on this week.


Bradberry actually played well. Ballentine was giving up the crossing & comeback routes all night.
RE: RE: Bradberry was actually  
section125 : 9/15/2020 10:21 am : link
In comment 14972865 Josh in the City said:
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In comment 14972550 section125 said:


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worse than Holmes.

Yes the pick is supposed to be illegal, but only if one of the WRs contacts the DBs without actually trying to run a route.
Bunch plays are picks.

Now they have something to work on this week.



Bradberry actually played well. Ballentine was giving up the crossing & comeback routes all night.


Totally disagree on Bradberry. Towards the end Ballentine was def losing it.
I think the illegal football pick ......  
Manny in CA : 9/15/2020 1:54 pm : link

Is similar to the basketball pick - when the blocking player actively and deliberately moves to obstruct the defending player to freely execute his defensive path.

Ballentine & Holmes are rookies and not familiar with the wiley ways of the NFL, Bradberry is an "old hand", no excuse for him.
Bradberry gave..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 9/15/2020 1:57 pm : link
up 3 receptions and had 2 pass breakups. He played well
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