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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Football 101-Three Jet Toledo

by Reckless
PackerChatters Staff

Three Jet Toledo

This week’s Play of the Week is Driver’s TD vs. the Browns. Zebra (three WRs, TE and one RB) 3 Jet “which is a term protection”, trips left (formation).



CLE had shown a tendency to play a “two man coverage” on third down, meaning CB was “manning up” (covering) Terrence Murphy (85), N was “manning up” Donald Driver (80) and C was “manning up” Robert Ferguson (89). Also, M was “locked up on” David Martin (87) and W was 'locked up on" Ahman Green (30). In other words, the five receivers were all covered one-on-one by the CBs and the LBs. The two safeties “expanded” to play “half safeties” (on the diagram, Sherman showed the safeties going deeper and toward their respective sidelines in order to play two deep zone.

Sherman, “On this play we pushed 87 through here”. He then drew an arrow going straight up the field. 80 ran what we used to call a “square in”. He “pushed it up” to where N lined up – about 4 yards beyond the line of scrimmage (LOS) - and made a sharp cut to his right. 85 ran a deeper square in – cutting to his right at about the level of where S1 lined up, about 14 yards beyond the LOS. 30 ran a “check wide” to his left (Sherman drew an arrow showing Green going to his left), which drew W to the offense’s left. 89 ran a go route.

Sherman said if Brett sees a single safety defense instead of the 2-deep they anticipate, he can go to 89 who is single covered. Otherwise, they are working the combination on the left side of the formation. He referred to the routes as “levels” 80 runs a route at the first level and 85’s route is at the second level. What happened, Sherman explained, is 87 actually ran a pick (Sherman said he “ran interference”). As N tried to cover 80, he was “rubbed off” and unable to cover 80. Against this defense, 80 is Brett's first read and 85 is his second read. Sherman made the point that something they did well during the game was coverting 3rd downs: They were 10 for 14 on 3rd down including, of course, this play.

The tape showed a couple of discrepancies. First, Sherman said Bubba Franks was the TE when it was Martin. Also, Green didn’t go directly to his left as the diagram showed but stepped forward, angling to his left a little and then came back to help Clifton as E1 got by Clifton’s outside shoulder. The tape showed a big gap open between Clifton (LT) and Klemm (LG) which gave W a clear path to Favre. But he followed Green as he went to block E1. The threat of Green going to the left flat kept him from rushing Brett.

The play took longer to develop than the diagram indicated. Brett took a 5-step drop. The ball was placed on the left hash mark and Driver lined up more than 10 yards to the left of that hash mark. He caught the ball about 5-yards to the right of the right hash mark. The tape did show that the two defenders almost ran into each other and M definitely got in N’s way. It also showed 87’s route – he kind of worked his way up field but to the inside a little. It wasn’t a “clean” route.

The play worked because of the pick (which certainly was legal by the way) but it turned into a TD because Robert Ferguson sustained his block downfield for a very long period of time.
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