In the running game we try to create a numbers advantage at the point of attack by coming up with complex blocking schemes. Such is the case with the Redskins' zone-blocking attack. However here we have a play designed to earn 5-8 yards turn into a 28 yard TD. Why? Because two players showed they lacked the number 1 defensive skill: tackling!
The SituationRedskins have the ball on the 28 yard line, right hash, 3rd and 3, 4th quarter, 9.57 on the clock, Seahawks lead the Redskins 7-17. Redskins spread the field with Ace personnel, 3 Wr, 1 Te, 1Rb, TE #83, Fred Davis is detached , Grossman is in shotgun position, Helu is to his left. The Seahawks match the offensive personnel with their defensive Nickel package. In this personnel grouping they have 2 LB’s and 5 DB’s on the field. The Seahawks defense plays a 2 high defense. The Redskins shift TE #83, Fred Davis from the right to the left side of the formation. The Skins run a very common high school play, the Quick Pitch. As the QB receives the snap he pitches it to the RB without a reverse pivot. A reverse pivot is when the QB turns away from the direction he is going to pitch and is common in these outside running plays. Because they don't use a reverse pivot in this play it's a Quick Pitch.
The ResultUsually a long TD run is accompanied by some great blocking on offense and most of the time by missed assignments and/or miss tackling on defense. In this play you will see some great blocking with some missed assignments on offense and very poor tackling on defense. Defensive back are very chirpy by nature but both #34 Roy Lewis, and #31 Kam Chancellor would have had to listen to some harsh words in the DB meeting room after the game! http://youtu.be/YOwgxfsIakI The blocking from the Redskins isn’t perfect but the design of the play is very good, they would have had a hat on a hat and that would have left the Safety to make the play. Here's what happens:
- #83 TE Fred Davis cracks #91 DLE Chris Clemons
- #91 DLE Chris Clemons, who lines up in a wide 9 technique comes of the ball so hard that he slows down #71 OLT from the Redskins
- #71 OLT Trent Williams pulls and should block the force player on defense, the player who needs to keep the runner from breaking outside. Because of the hard charge of #91, #71 never really has a shot of getting in front of Helu and be effective as a blocker
- #85 WR Leonard Hankerson blocks the second level inside linebacker #57
- #19 WR Brian Hernandez stalk blocks #39 DBC Brandon Browner
- #56 LB Leroy Hill and #57 first shows blitz, #57 drops back to depth but Hill stays close to the LOS and therefore is a easy target for #63 OLC Will Montgomery and #66 OLG Chris Chester to wall off.
- The Seahawks defensive front has two 3 techniques which put #77 OLT Jammal Brown in a great position to cut block #93 DLE Lazarius Levingston
- #79 OLG, Maurice Hurt puts a good reach block on #94 DLE Jaye Howard
- # 29 Roy Helu shows his athleticism on the way to a TD
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