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  1. Once again, in lieu of a lot of panic over a preseason contest, I thought it would be interesting to dig little deeper into things -- anatomy of a play style. Now I actually dropped this response in one of the other threads, but this one includes pictures. First let's address what the preseason is for from a coaching perspective and why things don't always look as fluid as we as fans would like. It is not about wins and losses (I think everyone knows that), and in some cases it's not even purely about execution per se. There are things that coaches have to put out there to get on film in a live game to see how opponents will adjust to them. Then tweaks can be made, or a play can be junked all together. There are sets and plays that you decide going into a preseason game that you are going to call no matter what, irregardless of the situation. You don't care if they have the perfect defense on, you're going to run it anyway to get a look at it. That's why sometimes you'll see even the best offenses inexplicably look bad in preseason. A perfect example of this is the redzone playcalling last Thursday, and one play in particular, the second and goal play. Gun Trips Open - the halfback is to the weakside of the formation. The X receiver to the bottom of the screen has his split cut way down. See how tight he is to the formation? The defense is in a single high look. Both corners off. Probably a straight Cover-3 Sky (zone) , right... or is it Cover-1 (man)?? Now this is the part that the coaches want to get on film. Tevin motions from the backfield out wide. Now we have an empty formation... Note how the defense adjusts. #20, the Strong Safety, Reshad Jones walks out to the receiver. The corner, Maxwell #41, walks out wide to take Tevin. If the safety had followed Tevin out wide it would signal man coverage, but this look this tells Matt it is zone... and more importantly, it tells him that he has a mismatch with a receiver on a safety... a strong safety at that. Also, note the play design. It's a China concept to the top (a redzone staple). At the bottom, Tevin runs a vertical, which is designed to clear out the corner, and then it's just one-on-one Robinson vs. a safety. In short, this is exactly where Matt should be going with the ball. Matt sees it immediately.. but the problem. Being zone, Jones has the luxury of never having to take his eyes off of Matt, so he saw it too. Jones keeps outside leverage. Just incredible zone technique. ... and then he mugs the **** out of the receiver. Looked a lot tighter in real time, though. But you tip your hat. This was a great play by the safety and there was nowhere else to go with the ball. Everything was covered up. Not a great call but...
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