Last week I highlighted some of the packaged plays that were successful last week against the Bears. One familiar look that Chip seems to be falling in love with is motioning Desean Jackson all over the field. We know that one of the reasons he does that is to see if the defense is in man or zone coverage. We also use it as a form of deception, but it is also designed to break Desean free in space.
Was I the only one groaning about the opening play last night? One all too familiar look we've shown is sending Desean on a reverse and running a screen to the other side of the field for McCoy. The Cowboys were clearly watching film and were all over that option last night. However, watching the replay a few times last night, this was a packaged play with an additional (preferred option) that was not the screen pass to McCoy. Here's the play.
Desean comes on the reverse, McCoy is going to leak out on a screen, but Celek is the key man to watch:
Option #1, Desean in the flat, but the Cowboys have it covered:
Option #2: This is the part where I groaned because the Cowboys had the screen snuffed out. But it turns out, option #2, was Celek streaking down the field on a pop pass. Foles wants to go there, but Bruce Carter cuts off the passing lane:
Option #3, with the screen snuffed, McCoy throws in the dirt. Didn't work, but it's a nice illustration of the packaged plays we run that really apply pressure on multiple parts of the defense.
Here's one more before I hit the road for the day. Desean on a reverse. Normally we'll have Cooper and Avant blocking out in front. But this time we throw in a wrinkle and Avant and Cooper release on routes.
Most notable is Cooper running that shallow drag and gets wide open early:
And this is about the easiest throw in Pro Football: