Ravens film study: How Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill got so open on his two big scores

A day after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovaila shredded the Ravens’ pass defense for six touchdowns, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked about two of them. The film didn’t lie, and neither did Harbaugh.

“Yes, they were blown coverages, basically,” he said Monday.

A lot went wrong for the Ravens in the final quarter of their 42-38 loss Sunday, but wide receiver Tyreek Hill’s pair of long-ball touchdowns were especially egregious. On the first, he ran by two deep-lying defensive backs for a 48-yard score. On the second, he didn’t have anyone deep to run by for a 60-yard, game-tying score.

In rallying the Dolphins back from a 35-14 deficit inside M&T Bank Stadium, Tagovailoa finished with a career-high 496 passing yards. But much of the damage to the Ravens’ defense was self-inflicted. Afterward, players lamented communication breakdowns and poor technique. They said they’d need to review the game film and learn from it.

Rookie safety Kyle Hamilton’s lesson was painfully administered. On Hill’s first touchdown, he lined up before the third-and-10 snap in a split-field coverage shell with Marcus Williams; Williams started on wide receiver Jaylen Waddle’s side, while Hamilton took Hill’s. Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, matched up with Hill, lined up at outside cornerback, offering almost 10 yards of cushion.

As Tagovailoa dropped back, the Ravens sent five pass rushers after him, dropping six defenders into coverage. Williams moved up from his deep-lying spot into a shallower zone, closer to Waddle, who was running a deep crossing route from the slot. Hill accelerated into a vertical route.

Hamilton, relocating to the middle of the field, seemed to lose sight of Hill the farther he got from him. The first-round pick’s attention was on Waddle. But Hill was running by Peters, whose positioning had funneled the wide receiver …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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