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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Football 101-Scat Detroit X Shallow



by Reckless
PackerChatters Staff

Scat Detroit X Shallow


--------S1--------------------------S

CB1--------W------------M--------------B-------------CB
-------E1-----T-----T-------E
---------86--O--O--O--O--O--87
89-----------------O-------------------80-------------WR


Because this show occurred after the bye week, this is another TD play vs. the Saints. The Packers had the ball 2nd and 20 at the Saint’s 26 yard line after the phantom holding call on Mark Tauscher. The play is called out of Tiger personnel (2 TEs). “Scat” means “free release by everyone”. The five down linemen have to block the 5 “most dangerous” rushers, none of the receivers have blitz pickup responsibility and this is the first “empty backfield” formation in the plays of the week so far, so no back is available to help the pass blocking. “Detroit” is a term they’ve used to describe a certain concept. Sherman guesses they’ve used it for 5 years and it was probably first used against Detroit, so they called it Detroit. “X Shallow” describes what the X receiver is going to do on the play.

N.O. was in quarters coverage – each DB had zone responsibility for one-quarter of the field. That was the predominate coverage by the Saints in the game.

Robert Ferguson (89) is the X receiver and he ran a shallow “over the middle” route. He ran to about where CB1 lined up and then cut toward where W lined up. He was the #1 read on the play. Sherman, “Ferguson pushed it up (he drew the beginning of 89’s route to the point in front of CB1 before he cut inside) which allowed Donald Lee (86) to get an outside release on a high angle corner route.” Sherman then drew 86’s route which looped outside (to the left) of E1 and then angled directly toward the corner of the end zone at about the midpoint between where CB1 and S1 lined up. Sherman then finished drawing 87’s route toward W. On the other side, David Martin (87) ran a vertical route trying to beat M on a post route. Donald Driver (80) ran a corner route toward the right corner of the end zone and WR ran a “smash” route. Sherman, “A smash route is an angle route run to about 4 to 5 yards from the sideline and it just stops there”. It sounds like what we used to call a “button hook” (run straight ahead a certain distance and stop and turn toward the QB) only run on an angle.

89 was the primary receiver but Favre recognized what the D was doing. CB1 “squatted a little before he got depth” meaning that CB1 hesitated before he went back to cover the deep quarter of the field he was responsible for. S1 took a step to the offense’s right because Favre was looking right at the snap. As a result, CB1 was late getting back and S1 took a step to the right. That left the deep left corner of the field vulnerable and that’s where 86’s route was going.

There was something written on the top right of the board. I believe it was “Solo Rt Empty F…” The entire board was never shown and Sherman didn’t mention it. I assume it referred to the alignment on the right side of the field and “empty” referring to the empty backfield. Sherman also never explicitly said what concept “Detroit” referred to.

The tape showed CB1 hesitated as 89 cut to his inside. 86 had him beat the entire route and CB1 never got closer than about 2 yards to him. S1 backed up a few steps and then took a step to his left (the offense's right). He ended up not covering anyone on the play. WR was wide open on the smash route – the nearest defender was more than 5 yards away when the ball was thrown. 87 just ran a straight route right down the field. Mark Tausher (RT) was beaten on a pass rush to the inside. His man did not hit Favre but was right in his face as the ball was released. Chad Clifton (LT) was beaten to the outside but his man also arrived just late enough for Favre to get the pass off. The pass hit 86 in stride.
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