Isolation Series, Jimmy Garoppolo Injury (2016)

Coaches generally do not want their quarterbacks to freelance and would much rather have them operate from the pocket by working within the confines of the system. The main reason for this is due to the inury risk of straying from the pocket and taking a shot while on the move. We examine the play against Miami from 2016 where Jimmy Garoppolo was injured which speaks to the reason coaches demand that their quarterbacks play the game from the pocket.  We look at how leaving the pocket can turn ugly.

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Garoppolo initially sets up to throw to the left but feels some pressure in his face. His vision is obstructed by pressure but he has Amendola open.


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Garoppolo responds to pressure by looking to escape the pocket as opposed to sliding to his right and stepping up to create a throwing window to get the ball to Amendola.

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By now he is looking to create and find an open target down the field.

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Garoppolo ends up throwing on the move while taking a vicious shot from a linebacker who reacted to Garoppolo moving off-script. The pass is complete but Jimmy ended up getting injured on the play due to not protecting himself.

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Kiko Alonso is gaining steam and reacting to a moving target (Garoppolo)

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The blow is delivered

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