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Doesn't Matt Ryan Look Like He's Practiced His Play Action?


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In that one drive he definitely looked good.

The problem is, unless our run game actually develops, defenses aren't going to bite on that play action for long. I'm sure defenses in the preseason are going to expect us to run a lot since we're trying to work out a new blocking scheme. One the regular season starts, they're not going to honor that play action until we start bulldozing them on the ground.

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Boomer Esiason was always the best on play action. But, in the first pre-season game, it looked like Matt Ryan has greatly improved on the play action.

Nice to see - means he's working hard.

He's always been a play action surgeon. That's part of his game. That's why the last scheme was a fail even tho he did well in it. Without play action and roll outs and just straight drop backs it limited what Matt does and increased sacks and int's. The line wasn't the greatest but the scheme was the biggest culprit. Abandoning the run too early and no play action to slow linebackers down. 2012 he lit teams up with playaction.
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Nah Ryan has tape up on tape where he gives a B.S PA. My guess is coaching pointed this out. I remember one game last year where Ryan didn't even go over and stretch on the PA on a stretch play! Guess he buying into the idea of getting better like everyone else.

That scheme didn't utilize play action. Lack of running the ball also defuses play action. Ryan is a play action surgeon. His career literally mirrors Peyton Mannings. Manning is also a pa surgeon. The vertical offense just doesn't emphasize that. You need a scheme that features the run to be the surgeon that he is.
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That scheme didn't utilize play action. Lack of running the ball also defuses play action. Ryan is a play action surgeon. His career literally mirrors Peyton Mannings. Manning is also a pa surgeon. The vertical offense just doesn't emphasize that. You need a scheme that features the run to be the surgeon that he is.

It can, though. Manning has always run a Coryell system until this season. The problem is in the implementation. Koetter was more Martz than, say, Norv Turner or Cam Cameron, even though they're basically the same system. Had he tried to implement a strong running game and PA, he could have. It was more a coaching problem than a system problem, IMHO.

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Put another way, Koetter's version of the Coryell system, with the 4 wide, single back, no TE sets was problematic for PA because it took out blockers for the run game, so the other team always knew that 1) we had to pass, or 2) they could easily defend the run because of a lack of blocking up front. Had he gone 21 personnel, and just sent the FB, RB or TE out on pass routes when he wanted, it would work better. When you have a FB and TE in the game, the other team is forced to respect the run.

Which is why I vastly prefer the WCO Shanahan runs to the 4-wide chuck and duck Coryell variant Koetter ran. I think Koetter is a brilliant OC, but we never had the o-line to run his system effectively, and he never seemed to want to change the system to fit the personnel we had. Put him in Dallas and they'd score 50 every game.

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