This week, we're going to talk about the trick play that Cam Cameron ran (there's a joke in that phrase somewhere...)
He ran what is known as "the statue of liberty" play wherein they fake a pass in order to run. Its highly unusual to see this play run, and on the NFL level, I don't think its been run since the early 1980s. Cam ran it for a few reasons. The biggest was that he is tipping is hand a bit to the NFL: nothing is off limits; the playbook is wide open so opponents be ready.
He said he basically took the play from the Boise State BCS game this past season. For BSU, it was the winning two-point play that beat Oklahoma. So, for that reason, we're going to break it down based on *that* play, rather than the one the Dolphins ran.
[with much respect to the FOX network, and the "Best Damn Bowl Classic," I present these screen captures for your education. They will be removed in about a week.]
The players line up in a three wide receiver (trips) formation to the right. I have noted the routes that the receivers will be running. Everyone along the offensive line goes into pass protection.
[image removed]The quarterback drops back to throw, and looks right. You can see him setting up. Note how the defense is reacting to the fact that it appears to be a pass play. They're rushing the QB and covering the receivers. The running back (circled) is standing to the right, and it appears that he will be heading out for a pass to the right, or possibly pass blocking.
[image removed]Okay, so now the QB quickly moves the ball to his left hand, and moves his right hand forward as though he's passing. His left hand (with the ball) is now reaching out behind him. You might also notice that the defense has left part of the field (the left side of the offense) wide open. And the pass protection scheme has "slid" to the right to be sure the defense does this. There's one offensive lineman who has disengaged from any blocking and is turning toward the left side of the field. This is an important part of the play setup; he's needed as a lead blocker.
[image removed]The running back turns, and takes the ball from the QBs hand (in the circle). And the offensive lineman moves out to be his lead blocker.
[image removed]The running back now has a clear path to the endzone. His lead blocker has "sealed" the end of the line by getting the outermost defender out of the way; he's the guy just above the logo on the bottom left.
[image removed]And voila, the running back scores untouched. It worked for them, and it worked for the Dolphins in much the same fashion.
[image removed]Here's a closeup of the QB making the fake throw. You can see the ball in his left hand, as his empty hand makes a throwing motion.
[image removed]And here's a closeup of the handoff. The QB's left hand is extended behind him, and the running back takes the ball to run.