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Monday, October 31, 2005

Football 101- Quick Scat Dino U Angle



by Reckless
PackerChatters Staff

This week's play of the week is the TD pass to Chatman during the game at Minnesota. The Packers had the ball at the MIN 4 yard line after gaining a couple of yards on a draw play. “Formationally it’s called spread right B right” (I’m not certain he said “B” but it sounded like it). This play was called using Tiger personnel – 2 TDs, 2 WRs and one back. MIN was playing a 3-4 defense with “quarters” coverage (zone coverage with each DB covering a quarter of the field), which “really equals about 7 across down there in their zone” (Since they are so close to the end zone.)


------S1----------------------------S
CB1-----W---------P-----M-------B--------CB
---------------E1----T-----E
--------86-----O--O--O--O--O-----87
80-------------------O-------------------83

---------------------40

Tony Fisher (40) was the FB on the play. He went in motion by taking a couple of steps forward and then running to the right parallel to the line of scrimmage. That motion caused P and M to move toward 40’s motion to the right. The Plugger, P, blitzed up the middle and the rest of the LBs stayed back in coverage. “Scat” is the protection the Packers were in. It means that the OGs “use inside to outside reads”. The LG blocks P if he is coming on a blitz. If not, he “peeks” or looks outside for W coming on a blitz. The RG does the same thing: He looks to M and blocks him if he’s blitzing. If not, he looks to B to see if he’s coming. On this play, only P blitzed and he was blocked.

“Dino” means double post. Sherman drew a line from David Martin (87) to the post (the goal post) and said this route is designed to “drive hard inside on the middle post” route. 87 was the primary read on this play. Antonio Chatman’s (83) route involves a “shake and bake” move (he draw a route toward CB with some squiggles to show the “shake and bake” and then drew a straight line on an angle from just in front of where CB lined up going slightly behind where S lined up, parallel to 87’s route. 83 was the second read on this play.

40, “we call him the FB on this play”, continues his route (he was in motion) into the right flat, trying to “displace” or draw B to cover the right flat. On the left side of the formation, “we have three over two” - the Packers have two receivers but there are 3 defenders, “so it’s not a good combination to win with” (it isn’t a favorable match up). 86’s route is a toward S1 and then towards the left corner of the end zone and 80’s route goes toward where P lined up. Sherman, “Brett stayed on the strong side where we had three on three. Because P blitzed and B went to the flat, we were able to get over the top of the S.”

The tape showed how spread out the formation was. Donald Driver (80) was about three yards outside (to the left) of the numbers and 83 was about that far to the right of the numbers on the other side. There was a good five yards between the OTs and the TEs. 87’s route was not as Sherman described it. He went straight to the goal line and once he was in the end zone he just went to the left. S seemed to be really fooled by 40’s route to the right flat. Even as Brett is releasing the ball, S took a false step toward 40. Even so, there was very little room to squeeze the ball between S and B because CB covered 40 and after B took a step or two toward the right flat he then went back into his spot in the zone. It took a great throw to complete the pass.
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