Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A couple of key plays

On Miami's first TD, they ran the "flea flicker." In this play, the offense essentially executes a basic running play (in this case off right guard), and then the running back suddenly turns around and shovels it back to QB. He then will throw it long to a receiver streaking down the field.

The key here is to "sell" the run. You have to make the defense assume that its a running play so the saftey will come up, leaving the receiver in (at worst) one-one coverage.

In Miami's case, the safety did come up, but recognized the play and returned to coverage, thus putting Ginn in double coverage. But the pass was so perfect, and Ginn made a one handed catch that negated the coverage.


On Miami's second TD, they unveiled another wrinkle to the wildcat. This time, they lined up Ronnie as the ball handler, and flanked him with Cobbs and Ricky. And they did not use the unbalanced line we saw on other ocassions.

And at the snap, it was straight up blocking with no pulling guard. Ricky went one way with Ronnie and Cobbs going the other.

Ricky got the handoff, and went toward the right side, while Ronnie and Cobbs went left. Ricky simply followed his block and went through the line, all the tacklers were occupied, except one, and Ricky blew past him for the TD.


And finally, Miami ran basically the same play again later. Except this time, Ronnie kept the ball and went left. The defense clearly was expecting Ricky to get the ball, but he didn't.

Now the question I had was about what else they were setting up. Cobbs stayed behind Ronnie for just long enough to make me think that he might have been running a wishbone; possibly it was a "check with me" where if he was bottled up he might have pitched it back, but otherwise the call was to have him block.

It was well-conceived, and well executed.

See? There is more to the wildcat.
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