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Because I think Solomon Patton is going to play a pretty big role this year, I wanted to take a closer look at his jet sweep in the spring game to see ways Florida could potentially use the play or improve on it in the future. Here's what I've got. Two clips included below, the first is Patton's jet sweep, the second is a reverse Auburn ran in its spring game that's a little different.
On Patton's jet sweep, which starts at 6:36 in the video posted, the defense appears to be playing a Cover 3. The offense is lined up in an offset I, with the fullback offset to the weak side of the formation. It's a two wide receiver set, one in the slot on the left, one wide on the right (Patton) to the strong side.
Before the snap, Patton begins motioning toward the backfield. The ball is snapped and Jeff Driskel hands off to Patton passing him toward the weak side of the formation with his right hand and his back to the defense, before faking a handoff to the RB going to the strong side.
From a blocking standpoint, the offense recognizes it's a Cover 3 with the cornerback dropping back at the snap, so the slot receiver on the weak side then identifies the strong safety whose key is the fullback (Joyer). The slot receiver cuts inside to block the strong safety on the weak side. At the snap, Joyer is running outside as the lead blocker, and he takes on the cornerback on the outside once the cornerback realizes the play is coming to his side. Joyer's block and the slot receiver's block form the hole for Patton, who is now in the open field with only the safety covering the middle third (Showers) and any trailing linebackers who haven't been blocked left to beat.
Patchan, playing left tackle on the play, had immediately left the weak-side defensive end to block the weak-side linebacker at the second level. Now, the advantage to this is if Patton beats the weak-side defensive end (as he does here), everyone should be blocked but the free safety and the middle linebacker. The weak-side defensive end here has a chance at Patton, but it's a walk-on and he recognizes the jet sweep too slow to make a play. Thus, Patton is outside and gets his hole from Joyer blocking the CB covering the deep left side and the slot receiver walling off the strong safety (Gorman) to the inside.
The fake to the RB going strong side after the handoff to Patton was just enough to freeze the weak-side linebacker and the mike for a split second -- long enough for Patchan to engage the will (Morrison) for a brief second and give Patchan the extra step to put the mike (Taylor) in a chasing position.
The free safety covering the deep middle eventually gets over to slow Patton enough for the mike (Taylor) to make the tackle, but not before a huge gain.
Here's why I don't like the design. That defensive end is going to stop that play in the backfield at least a third of the time in SEC play, if you ask me.
In the second post, I'll take a look at an Auburn reverse that is much more effective, in my opinion.
This post was edited by Thomas Goldkamp 21 months ago
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In no way am I comparing Patton to PH1, but leaving that DE unblocked or in some cases just using a chip block on him was key when PH1 ran those jet sweeps. If Patton allows that DE to catch him in the backfield 1/3 of the time - even in practice, he should not be the one running it. That's HIS man, and he must win that battle.
Here's how I've always explained it to the players that I've coached:
The key to playing great defense, is to capitalize on the fact that you start with an 11-on-10 defensive advantage due to the nature of the QB position.
The key to playing great offense is the exact opposite, to eliminate that 11-on-10 advantage. You do this by either making the QB a threat in all facets of the game, and/or misdirection that causes 2 defenders to react to one player - which most of the time happens to the back side of the play to slow down defensive pursuit. Once that balance is achieved, it still leaves the ball carrier in a 1-on-1 situation THAT HE MUST WIN in order for the play to be successful.
That's why the Option-type offensive plays, and especially the Single Wing plays that we ran with Timmy and that Auburn ran with Cam, are generally so successful. It takes away that built-in defensive advantage, and creates man-on-man opportunities where the QB is a viable threat which must be accounted for on every play.
Exactly right. That's why I like the Auburn play design better, though. Because of the misdirection Auburn built into the play and the angles they're taking and forcing that backside defensive end to take, he ends up farther out of position to take out the reverse than the one Florida ran.
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This post was edited by Goldengator 21 months ago
I'll try to do more big play breakdowns in the future. The main problem is actually getting YouTube footage of the plays.
No offense Thomas but maybe your thinking of the wrong play design because that my friend was nothing more than a Fly Sweep that Patton executed perfectly. On a Fly Sweep the DE is only supposed to be sealed for a second to allow the WR to Belly step, blocks to be set and receiver choose his Trek, most coaches have this trek already signaled...It sometimes called a Green Trek that bounces it way wide or Red Trek that cuts it up the field after the Belly step(Pattons Trek) or Yellow Trek in which he makes an immediate cut back if the DE is too high for the Belly Step.
A reverse is something so much more complex with 3 exchanges happening on the play and usually entitles the QB to get out and set a backside block. Neither of these happened on the play and was a 2 exhange play Center to QB and QB to Wr. Vanderbilt ran this type of offense in 2009 and had varied success against us when we were caught off guard with it. Its nothing more than a simple Fly Sweep from under center and sorta has the same design in the shotgun, removing the FB and implementing a H-back most of the time. Percy Harvin ran the same exact play from the shotgun against Kentucky in 08 and went in for like a 30-40 yard TD on a Red Trek.
This post was edited by PoloGator1074 21 months ago
Thanks for the clarification, that makes sense.
No problem my friend, your threads are epic and very different than most sites...its football 101 and recruiting none stop!!!
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Thomas I have always liked your game film breakdown stuff.
I try and rewatch every game I can
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