Cool Play of the Week (12): Gun Double Left 31 Trap Corey Clement 11yd TD
I am back , a day later than usual because I was pretty sick yesterday, with another breakdown. This one is shorter but I hope you like it. It is about an old school play being used by one of the newest school offenses. Even football can be like real life when the most forward thinking stuff is just borrowing from the past (I see way too many acid washed jeans and overalls walking the streets right now…). Let me know what you think and I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving. Also save net neutrality and all that stuff ya know, I don’t want to have to pay comcast for imgur to show my shitty drawings to you guys.
-Oldschool play Trap out of gun
-Leave top defenders unblocked and focus on quick hitter in the middle
-Great execution by OL and TE, Focus on Center and LG, LT
-Quick hit by back and takes path of least resistance away from the one man he has to beat
Hi again! Sick this week so made a shorter cut up. This time it was the eagles that showcased an old school play and used it to take advantage of teams playing man in the Redzone.
Trap is a staple of the Wing T offense, one of the very first offensive football schemes. A lot of HS teams still run it to great success but a lot of the basics are kind of thrown away as the addition of the forward pass was added to the game. With everyone packed in so tight its hard to get the ball distributed and utilize the whole field. BUT just because new aged football with zone schemes and other blocking techniques available doesn’t mean the concepts that made trap a great play for the Wing T stay the same… You don’t have to block everyone if you use good misdirection/ball handling.
Trap has really fast ball handling as you want to hit the hole as fast as possible. You let outside defenders go free because the ball should be inside before they can make an impact. His lets you get an extra man up and spring a long play.
Lets jump into the breakdown
Gun: Shout gun snap. QB sets up 5 yards from Center
Double: 2 by 2 formation, TE attached
Left: TE go to the Left side, F go oppposite
3: RB gets the ball from the shotgun position, side by side. 3 also denotes no read by QB
1: Hits right up the middle. (0/1 are the same gap, just tells the line which way to run the trap
Trap: The play. We had multiple version, Rat out of I-form, or Mouse out of gun. This would technically be Mouse but they ran it differently then we did anyways
INCOMING MIKE POINT RANT
In the picture you will see the man viced on the Y as the SAM. IDK if Byron Jones plays SAM for the Cowboys in their Nickel defense. QUITE FRANKLY I don’t know if this is how the Eagles want to Point the MIKE on this play. They could have different rules and plan to have the extra man be blocked because cowboys go cover 1 in the redzone. IDK and thats why this is a cool play to me. It would be ultimately blocked the same BUT you have to stay in your rules. If you want the Front side guard to always go for the MIKE you would point it differently then i have it, if you want him to go to the WILL then I am correct. It seems like semantics and why not just “go to a spot” on teh field where teh guy should be. Because you want to be technically sound this way when something crazy does come up you have your rules to rely on. Ok rant over. (I have played under a NO-MIKE point team, and MIKE point team and it is night and day to make sideline adjustments when shit hits the fan with MIKE point team. You know the rules and stick with them, adjust as you go)
So we have accounted for everyone in the box and we know ball is hitting right up the pipe. Only unique receiver thing is the Z running the DB off instead of blocking. Because its man it is better to keep his back turned to the ball and just run him off.
I acknowledge the Z in the middle of the screen and I will use the I was Sick and Tired Option select to ask for forgiveness
Here is great angles for the play. Trap always targets the “Non-Low Shade” past the center DL. If we ran 30 Trap here we would trap our right DE because he is the first past the nose (Low shade). You often want to attack the 3 technique in this play so you will switch it depending on how the team lines up. Some teams will just run it always with check or audible attached and only run it to a clean look because this isnt 1940 and the wing T adjustments are not the same.
Here you can see where they want to attack. Every over front looks super juicey right up the gut with teh 3 and the 1 leaving that center bubble. Here is a way to take advantage of it. 2 most important parts are the Center blocking back on the nose and the guard attack pull. Lets start on the center.
Center has a tough task. He needs to get movement on the nose standing on him because the hole closes if he gets pushed back even an inch. His job is to get some movement off the ball to make a bigger hole but most importnatly dont move backwards. This center does an amazing job tossing the nose 2-3 yards and making a gaping hole. He doesnt even step correctly uses all his upper body and torque technique to wrench him out of the hole. Definitely not a moment great for O-Line coach because special players make technique sometimes useless.
RG has a huge job. he needs to trap out and get movement on teh DL that just came free. The eagles don’t do it exactly how my team did. We would have had our LG flash his hands at the DL to think he was getting pass and then track up to the WILL. By just getting skinny to the backer this makes the RG’s job harder because DL has time to prepare himself. Normally his job is to get movement but he doesn’t. Thankfully the center does his job for him and he does the centers, just dont get pushed back
Here we see how the play turns out. 2 DEs (some of the highest performers for Dallas) are taken out of the play barely blocked. The OL get up to the backers and hold their blocks for long enough to get the quick hitting back through. And you have Zach Ertz making a great block on the outside to seal the touchdown. This is perfectly executed and great use of an oldschool play in the new school eagles offense.