Looks like the unsung hero of Superbowl 53 is none other than perennial backup Brian Hoyer.
According to MMQB:
Hoyer’s experience with Sean McVay’s offense (and his streaming subscriptions) helped the Patriots defense make the game-changing play.
Hoyer began his career in New England, but he got his first shot as a starter in Cleveland. In 2014, his second year there, he started 11 games for coordinator Kyle Shanahan, then played for Shanahan again in San Francisco in ’17. Rams coach Sean McVay coached tight ends for Mike and Kyle Shanahan in Washington from 2010-13, which led Hoyer to believe he’d have some institutional knowledge of McVay’s offense.
Before the Super Bowl, he watched an episode of Peyton Manning’s Detail series on ESPN-Plus on Goff, and it hit him right away- the offense is the same. Looking at the Rams tape confirmed it. … Then, Hoyer went back to Amazon’s All or Nothing series on the Rams; it was about the 2016 season but had footage of OTAs from McVay’s first spring there. Hoyer recognized the language.
While acting as the scout-team QB, he gave the New England secondary a tip regarding those all-out pressures that would lead directly to Gilmore’s interception.
“We were all up there [showing an all-out blitz]the way everyone’s been seeing us, moving around,” Devin [McCourty] says. “And Hoyer said, ‘If I’m the quarterback, I’m just going to catch the ball and throw it deep-all of you are close, so I’m throwing it deep.’ Sure enough, that week, we started seeing it more. Kansas City did it. Green Bay hit us with it.”
The adjustment, as Jason explained it, was for those in coverage, at the snap, to “play off and read the quarterback.”
Pats fans should be thanking Hoyer forever.
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