Film session: Xavier Su'a-filo

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  1. SoupcanSam

    SoupcanSam Well-Known Member

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    Good bad and ugly for all who would like to know more on our replacement.

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  2. Sydla

    Sydla Well-Known Member

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    Interesting and good analysis.

    Although I laughed at the one clip where he's busting Filo's footwork compared to Smith's and yet it's Smith who get destroyed for a sack and Filo walls off Brandon Graham.
  3. Scotman

    Scotman Well-Known Member

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    Maybe I'm seeing something that isn't there. But when Xavier's assignment is to block to his right or pull to his right, he stance seems to have a pretty serious tell. He drops his right shoulder slightly and his elbow rest just on the inside of his leg. It looks like he's preparing as he takes his stance for his first step to the right.

    Is he actually doing that or am I seeing things because I recognize he has poor feet?
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  4. SoupcanSam

    SoupcanSam Well-Known Member

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    Lol I noticed that too. But filo is probably one of the first olineman ive seen thrown off balance and then go solid strong stationary so quick.

    Guy is strong!
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  5. Sydla

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    The first play, the bad pass from Dak where he waited too long to throw it to Gallup............... Filo essentially hog tossed Fletcher Cox aside. Impressive.

    There's no question Williams is lighter on his feet, possesses better footwork and is more athletic. But I wonder, for what we are trying to do now switching back to Columbo as OL coach, Filo doesn't work better (even with his flaws) than Williams.

    I am in the small camp that long term, I think the better OL is with Williams at RT and Collins at LG anyway.
  6. SoupcanSam

    SoupcanSam Well-Known Member

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    I think there is some truth to that but it may be corrected in the film room, he and columbo.
  7. SoupcanSam

    SoupcanSam Well-Known Member

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    I agree but williams has alot of building and adjusting to do.
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  8. waving monkey

    waving monkey Well-Known Member

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    good pick up McClay
    Filo just keep it together this year
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  9. Doomsay

    Doomsay Well-Known Member

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    Strength seems to trump technique in this scenario. Hopefully Xavier gets another start this week.
  10. stasheroo

    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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    To sum up Su'a-Filo:

    It may sometimes look ugly, but it gets the job done.
  11. charron

    charron Well-Known Member

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    So basically:

    Filo is hella strong enough to recover from lack of footwork or positioning and gets the job done.

    Williams gets in position but still gets overpowered some and if out of position is not strong enough to recover.
  12. SoupcanSam

    SoupcanSam Well-Known Member

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    Isnt he from Hawaii or somewhere? Those guys are always hella strong. I dont know what the hell they eat down there.

    It's no surprise that su'a-filo is hard to move.
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  13. dfense

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    Yeah, I can't see a negative there at all. He never got beat one on one and that's Fletcher Cox he's holding off, coming in off the street.
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  14. TheHerd

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    For all those asking what we want out of Dak, the play at 11:00 shows what Dak needs to study.

    He backed right into the sack. If he steps up to his right, he's clean for another second to throw the ball. He does this way too often. He played well overall this week, but these little movements in the pocket are a great area for him to work on.
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  15. Sydla

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    What's scary is that I am not sure "pocket awareness" is something one can teach. Most of the really good QBs just have that already wired into them.
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  16. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    The play at the 2:07 mark was maddening. Prescott shuffling in the pocket, twice, then throws it late. If he does not start seeing things and anticipating better, he is going to be late with every throw and we could have the best WR group ever and he would still struggle.
  17. NEODOG

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    Negative - Williams is OUT of position when he fails. If he gets his base set, he is as solid as they come. 3x this year he has floundering lead with his head & each time it resulted in a very bad play.
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  18. OmerV

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    Thanks for posting this. From this people should be able to see there is good and bad with Su'a-filo. Seems some were getting a little too far on the bandwagon. He did great for a backup who hasn't been with the team long, but he's probably less of a player than some have given him credit for being.
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  19. rpntex

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    I think he did an outstanding job, all things considered. He’s the perfect fit when you’re going up against big and powerful DTs. On the other hand, I worry about the times Dallas with face more athletic defensive tackles. Xavier’s game is built around power and strength, and not so much athleticism. Hopefully I’m worried about nothing.
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  20. coogrfan

    coogrfan Well-Known Member

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    In run blocking, absolutely. In pass protection he's a disaster.

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