PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was 3rd-and-five from their own 25 yard-line, with one minute and 33 seconds left in the game. Down three points, Arizona had to go 75 yards to score the go-ahead touchdown. All the Eagles secondary had to do was not get beat.
And they couldn’t—thanks to one single horrifying, devastating, shocking, play (watch here), in which the speedy wide rookie receiver John Brown beat Cary Williams and Nate Allen on a double-move and caught a deep pass from Carson Palmer, landing in paint for six.
“It’s difficult to assign blame because let me tell you what I saw, but then I heard Chip Kelly comment on Nate Allen’s play,” former nine-year NFL defensive back and current CBS 3 Sports Director Beasley Reece told the 94WIP Morning Show on Thursday. “See coaches are not gonna tell you their defenses. They’re not gonna tell you here’s why Nate got beat. Nate is starting for a reason, he keeps his job. So, let me tell you what I saw. I saw a double-team, but not a true double-team where both guys have the one guy. It’s called an in-and-out, so Nate was the inside safety.”
“When [John] Brown made an inside fake, it is Nate’s job to settle on that play,” Reece continued. “If he’s running an over route, Nate’s gonna jump it. It’s Cary Williams’ job to explode over top of the defense—I mean don’t even pay any attention. If the receiver makes any move inside, he’s Nate’s man, and Cary runs over the top and becomes the safety protecting the entire defense. If Brown had faked outside, Cary Williams would have settled or jumped the route and Nate Allen would have been free now to explode deep. So it’s a way to double team the fastest guy on the field without committing two assets to him, and I believe that it’s Cary Williams who blew that play. Because he hesitated along with Nate, they both hesitated, and let the guy go by them. And the only reason I’m giving Nate Allen a pass is because he faked to the outside, Brown did.”
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