TFDS has already posted a breakdown of what I saw of Greg Knapp's offense and playing calling. Knapp has served the last two years as the QB coach of the Houston but before that served as the offensive coordinator in Seattle, his last year with that title.
You can read that breakdown here.
TFDS will be getting into some details on some of the plays that the Raiders may have in their playbook in subsequent posts.
Today we'll look at a play that Seattle ran against the Rams, week 1 of 2009. It was run on Seattle's first possession.
The Seahawks came out in a strong run formation with a two TE set both to the right side of the line, creating an unbalanced line. There was on in an X position (on the line) and there was a FB and RB in the backfield. The QB was under Center.
To all indications this was going to be a run play and the defenders have to shift some coverage to that strong side because the two TEs and a lead blocker could do some damage in run blocking.
There were numerous examples of this formation used by Seattle and Knapp called a variety of plays from this set. He called a variety of running plays including strong side (the TE side) sweeps, weakside runs (where the RG would pull and lead block) and some very effective naked bootlegs (where the line, FB and RBs fake a run to the strong side and the QB fakes a handoff then pulls it back and runs, unprotected, to the weak side where the WR will likely only have single coverage).
In this instance there was a pre-snap shift where the outside TE moved across the formation and split out wide. I liked this play because this made it more difficult for the defense as they had to choose who was going to cover the TE quickly – did they want to use a LB or a CB? Did they want to play against the run or the pass?
At the snap the QB moves into a drop. He can either do a play action fake where he looks into the backfield as if he's handing off to the back or he can keep his eyes downfield to read the defense. The outside TE on the left side of the field ran a go route straight ahead. The WR now in the slot position ran a deep in route slanting towards the middle of endzone towards the end of the route to be more center.
The TE still on the line ran a post route and drew some coverage in his direction. The FB and RB both paused a moment and then ran routes up and the out towards the sidelines to be outlet receivers as needed.
Aside from the pre-snap confusion, which I think is a plus, a strength of this particular call is that it has a lot of levels to it. There is virtually no part of the field that the defense isn't forced to defend and that causes breakdowns in coverage for all but the most disciplined defense as long as the QB makes a good read and can make throws at all parts of the field.
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Good post, interesting to see what we can expect to see come the season! Looking forward to see how they will utilize the different weapons we have!
As the TE spot seems like an important aspect of the gameplan it will be interesting to see who will step up from the TE group! Do they prefer blocking (Myers and Gordon) or receiving TEs (Aussey and Hardy), or one of each, when they rollout the 2 TE sets?
Just saw some mentioning of Marquette King the Punter we signed ; signed him to a 3 year contract ( http://www.fvsusports.com/news/2012/4/29/FB_0429124736.aspx ). Here is a short clip of him getting in a couple of punts after practice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9JOfctWnzM (he is definately not the Lechler body type that is for sure )!
After reading a couple of reports on him and watching some highlight films ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzNrS0ens0s ) he really seems like he might be our primary punter at some point (can a 3-year contract be put on practice squad?) ; could Lechler be traded or cut to save the huge contract?
This year he bombed a 76 snd a 80 yard punt, and the thinking is that he has as strong a leg as Lechler, who if allowed because of more speed in the NFL can do it every time (allowed as in "don't outkick your coverage)..
Really just thought he was a camp body, but a 3 year contract suggests otherwise, and he seems like a solid punter at that! Anyone know about him?
@Harder2000 For some reason - I haven't determined why, yet - all reserve/future contracts have a minimum of 3 years. So, that doesn't mean anything, really. The Raiders aren't going to cut Lechler, no. They're probably doing their due diligence in case there was an injury.
@AsherMathews Ahh, i thought the contracts were only for a year at a time, so i figured that a 3year deal had to be more significant - thanks for clearing that up! Interesting youngster though, could be a PS player to groom for when Lechler retires!
@Harder2000 That's interesting. I think there would be a lot of disgruntled fans if he replaced Lechler. I would hope he would renegotiate before it came down to that.