Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Run offence's system vs defensive structure.

Gonna try and break it down real simple. The defence is designed to put a guy in every gap and contain the ball regardless of where it goes.

The zone run developed as an answer. 

It says to the D,  "you won't be able to plug the gaps and keep them plugged uniformly if we can create a crease, by either--  moving defenders horizontally while cutting others off-- WIDE ZONE RUN; or in this INSIDE ZONE RUN example--  by displacing defenders vertically, (upfield) or diagonally".

Very different deal from the the ol' 34 play. Three back to the four hole. By scheme, those plays were designed to bust open a hole and send the RB hell bent for leather to a specific numbered spot.  

Zone is just that-- zone. Creases predetermined on defensive alignment and adjusted based on the read of the defender's reactive movement.

Zone Run schemes require a RB who has great vision, timing and both a horizontal and a vertical burst.  Gotta go sideways sometimes before ya hit it north and south.

Sheets is exceptional. 

The Rider Hogs are doing a great job. 

Cortez and Malone have it... ORGANIZED! 

The INSIDE ZONE is the current, main stem from which many branches of this offence grow.

The first offensive snap of the game.  BEAUTY!!!

OLD TIME-- gettin' after ass, slobber knockin'-- FOOTBALL!.....  WHOOOWEEEE!!!

Heenan and Best have the Nose together with one of them climbing to the Will depending on how the defenders play it. 

Picard and LaBatte have the Tackle together with one of them climbing to the Mike.

X kicks out the Rush End.

As we saw against Toronto, an integral element of the scheme is to maneuver a slot into H-Back position to block either edge.  

#89 must'a done something right, pre-game last week. Got his feet under him and did a much better job. Helped the cause BIG!

Sheets will press it to the aiming point (small circle behind Heenan's inside foot), then go through the read progression and footwork. When he presses to the aiming point, it forces the White defenders, through movement, to declare what gaps they have. Should option #2 prove true he'll move horizontally while keeping his shoulders square to the "line of scrimmage" hit the crease then burst upfield. 

Based on the pre-snap read; option #2 looks most likely. Reason being, Hamilton has the N expanded-- aligned in a 3 technique or shading Best's outside shoulder. The T is reduced-- aligned in a 1 technique or shading LaBatte's inside shoulder. 

This play is an example of just how good Sheets is at seeing, timing up and working the crease. He and the Hogs are showing a high level of familiarity and trust in each other. 

This one, Sheets looks kinda like a certain vintage video game.

Quantum leap forward from #89 bending his knees and sticking it up, in there.

Arrow points to Getzlaf getting low. Points for taking on a big body. 

White LB's play it downhill hard.

"Seeing hands technique."

White #0 followed Getzlaf into the box. Now he can't locate the ball or Sheets through the mass of humanity.

While we're on it, lets have a look see at Geroy.  

Sheets times it up. 

Picard secures the 1st level. 

Labatte drops the grader down a gear and sets to grindin'.

X has a nice read step and gets the kick out creating required space.

Geroy picked it up after this snap. The effort from the guys up front and Sheets seems contagious.

Worth paying attention to Sheets' feet and shoulders.
Note: Line of scrimmage moved upfield.
Very good job by Heenan, Best and Picard. From what we could see from this amateur high school camera angle, looks like Heenan's becoming more efficient with his footwork and fittin' up with Best.

There's the vertical burst.  North and South.

LaBatte created space by displacing #28. #28 gets off and is forced to try to make a play going underneath. All things being equal and the river don't rise-- he can't get there.

No need to chase a small body, get out of control and risk a holding call.

LaBatte exhibits veteran savvy, holding his ground then throwing in a little of the ol' Weyburn hip check. No eyes in the back of his helmet; just that veteran-- 6th sense.

Curious technique by the White Safety to bend his knees and lower his centre of gravity. 

Taking the hat out as a weapon, sure has our heads spinin' these days about what's ok and what's not.

That was a thing of BEAUTY!! 

Eight yard gain on 1st down, set the tempo for the day and laid further foundation building blocks.

More snaps from Ti-Cat game, to be continued......

*shitty video images courtesy of THE MODERN CFL and TSN's half assed camera work and incompetent production Had it on mute so no further comments.


  1. I like the analysis that you're doing. I hope that you keep it up all season.

    1. Thanks for that.

      Betty says, that's what she said!

      Mr. Chang, over at Dilke's Chinatown, down by the Co-op, tells us the "Rhinoceros' Horn" source ain't extinct, yet. Was gonna ask Doc Huber, been decades more'n four hours, already; but Betty says, don't go messin' with magic.

      Guess, we'll see what keeps up?

  2. Wondering about the play where DD blocks for Sheets. Do you think that is the play called or an option? Thanks in advance. DJR

  3. Dear Curious in Cupar,

    That's a very good question.

    The purpose of the quarterback's action off of the handoff is to freeze an unblocked defender who must account for the QB (i.e. a bootleg) hopefully removing said defender from that run defence scheme. So by design, no need to assign a defender for the QB to block.

    In the Hamilton game, if we are thinking of the same example late in the 3rd quarter, Doubles' action off of the handoff put him on a parallel path with Sheets as the #1 crease constricted and #1 had to bump out (the opposite of the bend back or the cut back #3 crease).

    Think your question made more sense than this answer. Hope that helps.

  4. Funny I actually did live in Cupar,but that was more than 50 years ago. Thank you, to a normal fan it looked like a special play or something. DJR.