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Monday, November 07, 2005

Football 101-H7 Y Corner

by Reckless

H7 Y Corner

This play was the second TD scored by the Packers in the Cincinnati game. The Packers had the ball at the 1 yard line of the Bengals and were trailing by 14 points with about 3 minutes left in the game.

The formation and personnel were Green Right Tight with “Y 71” personnel in – which is Kevin Barry (71) in as a TE and two additional TEs.



This play requires very aggressive blocking by the OL. The OL “gap block” to their right (the linemen from LT to RT each block the defender nearest to them, to their right. This play is blocked as if it were a run. Sherman, “The FB comes right off the edge and blocks the end (E1) and the safety (S1) and goes into the flat.” Sherman drew the FB’s route right at E1 and then continuing into the left flat. I think he meant to say he fakes blocking one of those defenders as if it were a run. The goal on this play is to get B1 to take a step forward and they try to accomplish that by making this look like a run to the offense’s left. 40 (Tony Fisher) is the RB and Brett fakes to him and he “cuts” or blocks E1.

“Bubba comes off and runs a high angle corner route to the back pylon”. Sherman draws a route for 88 (Bubba Franks) which goes straight to about the level the LBs are lined up (B1 and B) and then draws a straight line at about a 45 degree angle towards the back left of the end zone. The FB runs his route toward the front left pylon. The formation and play design put a lot of pressure on S1 and tries to get B1 to take a false step forward so 88 can beat him on the corner route.

Sherman did not explain why the second TE is represented by a “V” on the board. And he didn’t say anything about 71 or V’s responsibility on the play except to say that side of the formation protects the QB’s blindside. This is the first play of the week that involves a run fake but the name of the play doesn't indicate that fact. The OL has to be sure that while they are blocking the play as a run, they can't get downfield since it is a pass. (It wasn't as big a concern on this play as it is on some because this is a quick developing play.)

The tape showed Franks took four steps and then angled toward the back pylon. B1 was former Packer LB Hannibal Navies and he took about 3 and one-half steps forward and then almost grabbed Franks with his right hand as he went by him. The throw was right on the money. The line blocking was very good. Fisher got a great cut block against E1 who ended up completely prone. Vonta Leach was in at FB and he didn’t fake anything. He ran a route directly toward the front left pylon. S1 came up without hesitation to cover him. There wasn’t much of a fake to 40 but there really wasn’t much time for a fake. It looked as if the play action of the FB and RB got B1 to bite hard on the fake.

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