Production through protection
When quarterback problems become obvious, and opposing defenses start to tee off on the running game, it's more important than ever for an offensive play designer to find different ways to get those defenses thinking the wrong things. Exploiting personnel matchups with formation diversity is key when your offense is running on the rims and you still have somewhere to go. Forcing a defense to drop a linebacker for a fifth defensive back is one of the easiest and most effective ways to gain advantage on the ground. We've talked all season about combining protection and production, and here's a textbook example.
- Doug Farrar