Cool Play of the Week (9): Gun Split Right Swap F Motion Sprint Draw Left Adoree Jackson 20yd Run
I am back with another play breakdown. This one isn’t a long touchdown run but it is a cool play to get a unique player the ball in his hands. I hope you enjoy the breakdown and I look forward to hopefully bringing you some video content tomorrow. Let me know what you think!
I hope you all enjoyed this: here is the TL;DR:
-Early play first drive scripted to get a special player the ball
-Window dressing with the motion and fake sprint out to get the block on the SAM
-Simple Draw blocking up front but executed perfectly
-Got AJack on a Safety, just like you drew it up….go make someone miss
Added a TV copy to give you a quick glimpse of what I see on Red Zone that peaks my interest (Also this quality image is so much better haha). I was wondering who the little guy in the backfield was and then realize its Jackson so it must have been something cool and tricky. It should be a tip off to the Defense when 25 is in there that something wild is happening, and hes getting the ball.
This was another one of my favorites we ran, we also used it as an opportunity to get a special player the ball. You have to teach the play on its own so might as well let someone unique get it. Lets dive deeper into this play
This play does not use the normal west coast naming nomenclature (i.e 96 power king, Hound 2 Double Go etc.). It is a “Special” (trick play) which are often just a word to tell you everything. The key is being in the Gun so it tells the back to do a little different ball handling and footwork. The A-Back, Jackson, fakes the sprint out right like they are running Q8 and then winds back to the QB to take the Draw to turn up the middle.
The offensive line treats the play like the pass play Key protection (4 down and MIKE). If there were a blitz or twists by the Defense line would sort it out just like they were running key protection. On top of this the OLine can further the fake of pass with all the normal line calls on a pass play. Defenses definitely know the basics of line calls and it tips them off, on screens and draws use that to your advantage.
Anecdote incoming I played with a guy on the DLine that was so good at learning the offensive lines calls that he would come back after the first series and the coach would hand him the white board and he would explain to everyone what the calls were. He would have pass, run, combinations, and snap count all down by the end of the first.
The hardest blocks are the Z on the SAM, the B-Back on the WILL, and the Center on the MIKE. Staying square and handing LBS in space is harder than it looks with 7 Refs and 100 cameras on the field.
Off the play fake neither MIKE or WILL flinches. The OLine is still selling the pass and the MIKE is about to start a drop. Center has a 2 count before he runs up to the MIKE to try to either chase RB if in man coverage or Drop into his Zone and make the block easier.
Decker takes a poor angle to get to the SAM. This is a big mismatch on the play and he has the hardest angle. Thankfully the SAM bites on the sprint draw fake.
Offensive Line does draw blocking. Block pass pro for a 2 count and then you block the up-field (Inside) shoulder of the DLineman. Let the DL dictate where he wants to go then attack block after a 2 count. The RBs sort off of the line, creating gaps in an unorthodox way.
This gives you a better view of how good this look is. Middle of the defense is pretty open, both safeties are beyond 11 yards. 2nd and 8 and no TEs makes the D think its going deep. Its really a 6 man box with the Sam Walked out. He is pointing to the F in motion and that is just a little window dressing to get his attention.
Another key to the play IMO is that it is much better to run it with a 3 tech away from the play call. It gives a clearer box and gets a guy out of the middle.
Left guard has a rough job here, he wants to set a little inside so the DT will jump outside. You can just let him go inside and drive him, but its much cleaner if he goes outside. the B Back, Murray will adjust. Being in teh gun gives him this advantage as well as not having a TE or a Tackle do it. You can run this where the Tackle sets then punches his man up the field, It will give the RB to be an extra guy on the Safety for a Touchdown block.
MIKE is starting his drop, perfect for the center to get up to him and able to square him up.
SAM gets faked out on the sprint out action. He has had a lot thrown at him, motion by the F catches his attention, then Jackson sprints out and he knows hes gotta match his speed, and now he is gonna get cracked by Decker. He is having sensory overload right now and just needs to play his game. Its like for all of us at work when janice from accounting wants to discuss her sons flag football exploits just because you wore a steelers hat to work one day. You just want to get your spreadsheets done and not talk about little timmy not getting to play QB even though he has a great arm and throws with his step dad daryl every weekend…Rant over…sorry its late…
Murray does a great job to adjust his track. He didnt get paid all that money to block like this but its telling for a veteran to do this well on this kind of play. Possibly the best single game performance I ever saw was Murray at his freshman Spring game at Oklahoma, was destroying first team defense.
Mariota then continues out the ball handling and sprints over to the mesh point at the hash
This is the perfect look for Jackson. Everyone is squared up and good blocking position. The goal was accomplished by the coaches to get your best play maker with the ball in his hands. He needs to be able to beat the safety and take it to the house but Cover 2 is top down and designed to limit long plays like this.
I called Decker the F here, sorry about that, pics are acting up
I hope you all enjoyed this: here is the TL;DR:
-Early play first drive scripted to get a special player the ball -Window dressing with the motion and fake sprint out to get the block on the SAM -Simple Draw blocking up front but executed perfectly -Got AJack on a Safety, just like you drew it up….go make someone miss