Mort’s Game review chart

15 Feb

Due to the logistics of getting video online for the average players I’ve come up with a new way to analysis your games.  This is a simple analytical system to make observations on how you can improve game play.  The nice thing about this is you can add or subtract from it as you go along.  It can all be done yourself and in under twenty minutes you can have an ideal on how you can play better.

Since Ryan Stewart asked me to review his game I will now demonstrate the system with his championship game in the Detroit Consolation.  Please note I am only focusing from his point of view.

First let’s start with the check list.  Right now on offense I am focusing on ball security on offense.  Here is what I will be looking for when Ryan is on offense. It is important to note that the matchup determines what is a good or bad performance. For example if you have a slow qb you want less qb scrambles. If you have a faster QB you want more scrambles.  The only real constant is getting to the sidelines and out-of-bounds.  The passing depends on the qb.


format is category: 1st quarter,2nd,3rd,4th,ot’s,total is last number

Running (includes Yards after Catch)

Out-of-bounds: 3, 0, 0, 2 =5
Numbers to sidelines: 3, 1, 1, 5 = 10
Everywhere else: 4, 0, 3, 5= 12
(runs on 3rd and 4th down to around the marker do not count)
runs under 3 yds: 0, 0, 0, 2= 2


Throws into coverage advantage offense: 1, 1, 1, 0= 3
(Includes back of endzone out-of-bounds)
Throws into coverage advantage defense: 0, 1, 0, 0 =1
sacks guessed play: 1, 0, 0, 0= 1
sacks non guessed play: 0, 0, 0, 0= 0
QB scrambles: 0, 1, 0, 4= 5

Play Calling (diversification is the goal here)

Run1: 1, 0, 1, 0= 2
Run2: 2, 0, 1, 0= 3
Run3: 4, 0, 1, 4= 9
Run4: 0, 0,0, 2= 2
Pass1: 1, 0, 1, 1= 3
Pass2: 1, 1, 0, 3= 5
Pass3: 1, 2, 0, 2= 5
Pass4: 0, 0, 0, 1= 1


Run guess on pass play: 1, 0, 1, 0= 2
(only marked if it is obvious based on coverage)
Plays under 3 yds: 0, 1, 1, 0= 2
(does not include incomplete passes, 1st downs on 3rd/4th)
Human created Incomplete Pass: 0, 1, 0, 0=1
Held to field goal attempt: 0, 1, 1, 0=2
Held to punt: 0, 0, 0, 0= 0
All human created TO’s: 0, 1, 0, 0= 1
(includes human involved tackles in middle of field)
Defender Choice
(All by position)
LB1: 4, 5, 4, 4=17

Observations at end of quarter.
1st quarter: On offense Ryan is doing a good job trying to protect the ball.  He might be better served reducing the times he is caught midfield but he has shown awareness of the sidelines.  His play calling on offense is diverse and he is pressing the run 3 to its limits.  Considering the defenders on Chi taking a sack and not pressing into coverage much is a good decision.

On defense he is most likely guessing a lot of run 1 judging by his constant use of LB1 and the first pass attempt being wide open.  His plan is to force Chi to beat him with the passing game but at the start his run contain has allowed extra yards.

2nd quarter: On defense Ryan holds Chi to a longer fg and blocks it with DT.  A switch to more pass guesses slowed down Chi in the redzone on this drive.  The next drive is near the end of the half and Kevin cannot find anyone to pass too.

Meanwhile on offense Ryan nearly makes a big mistake throwing into Carrier on the 1st play but lucky for him it is deflected by man controlled Woolford.  A qb scramble follows and then Ryan goes back to the air and throws it to Paige who is just a step ahead of the coverage from Woolford.  This play counts as into coverage advantage due to the fact it was Woolford alone.  Kevin is guessing a lot of runs and Ryan has taken full advantage.

3rd quarter: Ryan is still guessing a lot of run 1 on defense.  Kevin was able to use this to his advantage and had a lot of success with pass 3 and run 2 leading to a TD.  Yet the next drive the strategy worked although it took a bit of luck to work.

On offense Ryan went 4 and out but held Kevin to a field goal on the ensuing possession.  I am concerned that he is in the middle of the field too much on his kick returns.  Kevin is containing the run well at this point.  As for the decision to go for it I am 50/50 on it.  In tecmo a long field is not always an advantage for a defense.

4th quarter: Ryan executed a wonderful time control drive that encompassed the entire 4th quarter.  At the same time he passed up on a high percentage field goal with Lowery on 4th and 7 near midfield.  Ryan converted and then burnt the rest of the time down but in the future I would recommend field goal practice.  I really liked that he did not press into coverage and instead had successful scrambles to gain yards where needed.

Overall: My overall analysis is that Ryan would see immediate improvement with more focus on getting the ball out-of-bounds or to the sidelines.  Ideally the chart should have a majority of the runs in the out-of-bounds category.  Then the second most in near the sidelines and finally only a few elsewhere.  Passing wise I felt he took a justified amount of chances in coverage with his good qb/wr against good db’s.  Only once did he throw into Carrier coverage and that time it never made it to Carrier.  His play calling is flexible, every play got used but Ryan does lean a lot on his power plays of run 3, pass 2 and pass 3.  Overall Ryan’s great play with the QB won him this game.

On defense his best moment was when he switched his plan on the first drive from guessing run 1 to guess passing plays.   After that Ryan stuck with his game plan of using DT and guessing a majority of run 1.  It worked but I felt he could have had better results with a little more variation.  One option is the occasional use of LB3 Snow and/or the defensive backs.  Another option would be to guess run 2/pass 3 and other passes with the understanding that a run 1 he would have to avoid the two blockers for a while and wait for drone help.  Although Ryan played very well he nearly got burnt twice in the end zone but luck was not on Kevin’s side last weekend.

So in conclusion I think Ryan should work on field goals, being more conscious of the sideline at all times and being more flexible in his defensive approach.  The advantage of the flexible approach is that it is harder for the offense to figure out your plan on defense.  Even one or two plays a game as another defender is another variant the opponent must consider.

Anyways this is my game review system.  Feel free to add to it or subtract from it for your own needs.  I might be willing to do a couple more of these but they take a while.  Instead I think it is important for each person to look at his own game and see if this chart can point out a flaw or too.

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