|Situation:||2nd and 9 from the Lions 23-yardline with the game tied at 13, 9:51 remaining|
|Play:||Rag, Trey Right, Y-Orbit, Gibson on a Go-route|
|Defense:||Cover 1 man free.|
The Rams come out in 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE) with two receivers split to the field. Brandon Gibson is the single-receiver to the boundary. He is working on the Lions 6th round pick, Jonte Green, who had just entered to game to replace fellow rookie Bill Bentley. Danny Amendola does an in-and-out motion typically used by the offense to read the coverage. With the cornerback following Amendola in motion and with the Lions showing blitz, it indicates that most likely the Lions will be in man coverage. As we see after the snap, the Lions are in Cover 1-man free and are bring the blitz. The Rams keep in Lance Kendricks and Steven Jackson to pick up the blitz.
After the Snap:
There are really two keys to any go-route outside the numbers. The first key is spacing with the sidelines. The second key is winning at the line of scrimmage. With regards to spacing with the sidelines, it is important to keep in mind that the sideline is the friend of every cornerback in man coverage. A corner in man coverage will use the sideline as an extra defender by squeezing the receiver to the sideline and narrowing the window in which the quarterback fit the ball into. Conversely, it is the job of the receiver to leave himself enough space to operate and to create room for any error on the quarterback’s throw.
Gibson creates spacing with by his pre-snap alignment. He lines up about a yard away from the bottom of the numbers which is ample space for him to work. With this alignment and his technique (discussed below), it is nearly impossible for Green to squeeze him to the sidelines.
The second key is winning at the line of scrimmage. This requires great technique on the receiver’s release at the line. Off the snap of the ball, Gibson does two things very well. First, he does a very good job with the release using a technique known as foot-fire.
Foot-fire release is a technique that helps the receiver recognize what press technique the defender is going to use. All the receiver does is simply take his back leg and bring it even with his front leg, and begin to take small choppy steps, up field, at the defender. At this point the defender will tip his hand either by attempting to jam, bailing, or attempting to leverage the receiver either inside or outside. Gibson does a good job off the line by quickly closing the gap on Green and making Green tip his hand. Green stays square on Gibson’s initial release meaning he will now planning to run with Gibson wherever he goes (e.g. man-to-man coverage).no comments