Saturday, July 27, 2013


Lets have a gander at a couple more branches off the main stem.

1st & 10-- Inside Zone, #18 motions to a tight slot (H-back/Wingback/Nasty Slot/Ninja Assassin/ ?) who blocks the back side Quick End.

Now 2nd & 5. 

George gives the defence the same look-- slight variation in that, he maneuvers #89 into the box and motions him across the formation with the familiar look that he'll block the Quick End. 

Except this time it's play action. QB has the exact same action as the previous Inside Zone run.

The standing Quick End and #0 have already seen the Inside Zone run in this look a couple, three times in the game and who knows how many times on film. They've also see the play action off of it but honouring their assignments puts them in a bind.

That's good offensive scheming and timely play selection RIGHT THERE.

Hear tell of much media muttering, lately, along the lines of-- "defences are going to start loading the box to counter the RIder's run success". In the media's infinite football knowledge,  wisdom and foresight; just what is it, that they would consider defenders reflecting Green Slot's motion into the box?

Surely, counting to 12 reveals the Grand Master Chess Match flaws of such notions? 

More to football than statistics, sack tallies, buzz words, sound bites and touchdown hi-lites than the self aggrandized microphone wielding windbags, mud rucking gossip monger-- "they're in over their heads"-- proclamationists and sham charlatan con artists, seem to savvy.

According to Betty, eneways. 

Too harsh?

Note Sheets' hands

Again note: Arrow points to Sheet's overly dramatic hand action drawing attention to and selling the run fake.

White #40 still defending the run. Good example of how the scheme and play calling aids the OT's.

Also shows how running the Inside Zone effectively, stresses the defence's structural integrity. Like a heavy snow load on under sized rafters, White #94 & #0 are bowed in a bit of a pickle.

Geometry is not White #0's friend...... at this moment.

By design, geometry and execution--  a 1st down.

Next, same kinda deal. Inside Zone play action. But different. 

Thanks to the TV production focusing on Dressler's back prior to the snap; difficult to say but believe it was a sight adjustment as the Cat's were in a flat-top on the back end. 

In any event, the Receivers and QB are on the same page, recognizing and reacting to the same visual cues and Geroy has his first Rider reception. An easy six yard pickup that had potential to produce much more.

Oscar Nomination-- worthy illusion-- goin' on there. 

Check out Getzlaf's "Okie Stomp" and Sheets' "Gator Chomp"--"COFFEE'S FOR CLOSERS"-- run sell.

Wide Zone Run. 

The RIders ran this play a bunch last season. Don't think it was ever set up this nicely by running the Inside Zone so effectively. 

This was BEAUTY. One broken tackle away from going all the way.

Whole lotta maneuverin' goin' on. 

#77, #18 & #7 motion to a BUNCH FORMATION.

The reason we place such emphasis on these non-touchdown grind 'em plays? 

These are the foundation-- building blocks-- mortared before our very eyes-- as the eighteen game "Chess Match" continues. 

Oh..... what will George bust out for this rematch?



These are fun times to be a Rider fan!        

Here's to hopin' the party carries on.

*shitty video images courtesy of TSN.

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