I was going through some of my edited youtube game film videos and came across game tape of all the Giants’ running plays against the Eagles in their first matchup of 2010. I had been wanting to take a closer look at Bear Pascoe to see what he’s all about, so this game tape was perfect for evaluating his effectiveness against the run.
I watched the tape a few times, and it’s pretty clear to me that Pascoe isn’t remotely close to being a legitimate NFL FB, at least from what I saw in this one game. I should note that it’s not really all that fair to evaluate a player on one game, but I didn’t even see a hint of a true NFL FB in this film. I should also mention that the Giants were miserable running the football in this game, as Ahmad Bradshaw had just 29 yards on 12 rushes, with 17 of those yards coming on one carry, and Brandon Jacobs carrying the ball 5 times for 10 yards. So maybe this wasn’t Pascoe’s best performance – I really don’t know.
Anyway, Pascoe isn’t on the field for every play here, but I wasn’t going to re-edit the entire tape. With that disclaimer in place, let’s just get right to the tape:
0:00 – Shawn Andrews cleans up Trent Cole, leaving what could have been a wide open running lane around the end off left tackle, but Pascoe misreads the play, and Ernie Sims is able to easily run right around Pascoe and stops Bradshaw in the backfield with Antonio Dixon for a loss. Bradshaw saw the open lane on the left side, but Pascoe’s missed block on Sims kills the play dead.
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0:35 – Another bad block on Sims. Pascoe gets a shoulder into Sims but is knocked off his block way too easily when Bradshaw runs into him from behind, and Sims again is in on the tackle. Off balance, poor technique. I watched Ernie Sims get blown up by FBs with regularity all season last year. Pascoe easily has 20-30 pounds on Sims – You have to be able to make that block if your team is going to be able to run the ball effectively in the NFL.
0:56 – Pascoe is lined up left side as the offset TE. I don’t even know what he’s doing here. Let’s just skip this one.
1:30 – Sloppy. And slow. The Giants run a little misdirection here, and Pascoe is far too slow executing his fake to the left and looking for someone to block on the right side. There’s just nothing sharp here. Pascoe need to take two steps to the left, then bang, come back to the right and hit somebody. Pascoe actually winds up making a block anyway as Stewart Bradley essentially runs right into him.
2:11 – Tentative. This is a pitch left, and Pascoe tip toes into the line, getting no push whatsoever. FB is a violent position. On a toss play like this you have to seek out contact and drive the defender off his spot… violently. Pascoe looks like he’s just going through the motions here.
2:56 – Finally, a good block here. Ernie Sims is going full blast into the hole, and Pascoe redirects him directly to the dirt. Opens up a gaping hole (with the assistance of a blatant hold by Snee, haha) for Bradshaw.
3:32 – This one looks like a good block, but it really isn’t. Pascoe is offset right side, comes in motion and settles as the FB on the strong side. Moise Fokou basically just cleans Pascoe out of the way, leaving his teammates to easily clean up on Bradshaw. Again, tentative into the line, no drive, no push.
4:00 – Good block here. Pascoe gets into the hole and stones Sims.
5:18 – Tough to put this one on Pascoe, as the Eagles have the right play call on here. The send 8 on a run blitz. But again, no push. Pascoe fails to move Darryl Tapp off his spot and Bradshaw has nowhere to go. He tries to bounce the run to the right, but is gang tackled and stripped.
6:17 – This is just awful. Bad play call, no effort whatsoever from Pascoe, and a bad run by Jacobs.
0:00 – Another timely run blitz by the Eagles, as Moise Fokou kills this play by blowing up Pascoe (slow to get to the line again) in the backfield.
0:14 – Good block here. Good effort. Pascoe finally gets the better of Fokou.
0:51 – Good job again here. Pascoe allows Ernie Sims to take a dumb angle, and simply rides him into the empty backfield.
1:08 – Pascoe kind of looks like one of those 1970’s plastic vibrating electronic football players here.
The intent here isn’t to bash Bear Pascoe. He was asked to fill in at a position he doesn’t play, and did so without complaint. But like I noted in the intro, based upon the tape from this game, he’s not a real NFL FB. He’s tentative, gets absolutely no push in the run game whatsoever, and appears to even shy away from contact at times. He’s not a hammer. I think the Giants need a hammer, and I’ve said repeatedly that Vonta Leach of the Texans would be an immeasurable addition/upgrade to the Giants’ run game.
In fact, Vonta Leach has even mentioned the Giants specifically as a team he’d like to play for. I wouldn’t even take this film exercise as a negative if I were a Giants fan, by the way, because frankly the FB play can only improve.