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Sport Raiders choice/lookie concepts are foundations of passing offense

09:35  24 september  2021
09:35  24 september  2021 Source:   sbnation.com

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Raiders choice / lookie concepts are foundations of passing offense .

Raiders choice / lookie concepts are foundations of passing offense . Route decisions are keeping their offense on schedule. Hightower: That’s our goal, complementary football, offense , defense, and special teams.

The passing game has the Las Vegas Raiders offense off to a hot start when most thought they would take a step back. Instead, they are the number one passing offense and moving the football at ease the last six and half quarters.

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One of the reasons for this is the efficiency of choice concepts. Derek Carr's stats running these designs exhibit the success of the play throughout the first two weeks. I charted the stats below.

  • 87% comp
  • 328 yards
  • Three touchdowns
  • 10.58 YPA
  • 143.01 passer rating

Those types of numbers show how explosive these passing plays have become when called on gameday.

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Raiders choice / lookie concepts are foundations of passing offense . Route decisions are keeping their offense on schedule.

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What is a choice/lookie? The design of these concepts evolves around a wide receiver running a hitch, slant, or out route. Usually, it's the z receiver in most offenses, but these concepts are for Waller and Renfrow with the Raiders.

Here is the famous Jon Gruden call with Chris Simms when he can't spit out the vocabulary.

The Raiders play-caller has redesigned these concepts since his days in Tampa Bay. It creates matchup problems, and Carr has learned to hit every read. The main one used throughout his tenure is 3x1 choice shallow.

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When we think about pass offense , we are usually thinking about the routes. They're what we drew in the dirt when we were kids. When we select plays in video games, we focus on the receiver's patterns; the protection and quarterback's drop are rarely issues. No matter how much variation the coaches add to the plays, the fundamentals remain the same. Whether a team is running a short- passing offense , spreading the field with five wideouts, or building their pass attack off of play action and rollouts, all plays are built around the harmony of quarterback motion, protection, and pass patterns.

Pass Identification Route/ Concept 90 Choice 91 Quick Bubble 92 Roll 93 Slant 94 Fade 95 Hitch 96 Turn 97 Scat 98 In 99 Verticals Code Word Charger Quiz Zombie Reno Saints Falcon Houston Trojan Scout Indy Viking Route/ Concept 50 Switch 51 Screens 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 Out Post Flood Curl Cross It's a great offense . The Switch is one of the mainstays of the Run-n-shoot. It is a two man concept . Two receivers release and "switch": The outside guy angles inside for 5 yards before pushing vertical, while the inside guy runs a "wheel route" behind the outside guy and then turns up the sideline.

3x1 Choice Shallow

3x1 choice shallow can be confused with arches. Gruden added his spice by evolving the pass play into a choice route and added different reads from the 3x1 for Derek Carr.

The shallow route(drag) out of the bunch is key to this play because it usually frees up space for the choice route, especially versus two high. Against single high, it creates an even more significant advantage with the receiver reading based on leverage.

Above is the play versus a single high. The Ravens are in cover three against the 3x1 bunch. This being cover 3 creates a mismatch with the curl flat defender with the outside corner playing his third to cover Edwards. Waller reads this route correctly because Marlon Humphrey hesitates into his bail technique to make sure Waller doesn't go outside. Waller can still cross the face of the curl/flat defender and convert a first down on the catch.

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Although the offense only has five potential receivers while the defense can drop seven, eight, or even nine men into coverage, if the offense can always threaten both vertically and underneath, the field is simply too large for a zone defense to cover a well orchestrated passing attack. And if zone defenses could not stop such passing , then passing concepts could be constructed to also defeat the inevitable man coverage they’d face through the route choices that placed those receivers around the field.

Here it is again inside the red zone(where the Raiders should use this play more often). The Ravens are in man-to-man defense. The shallow route creates the one on one for Waller with plenty of space to the inside. The safety tries to break on the throw, but Carr gets it out on time, allowing Waller to spin out.

The safety dropping highlights the adjustment created by Gruden to this play concept. He adds the big post as the first read because safeties were jumping the choice routes.

It took us back to third and two versus the Chiefs back in 2020. The Chiefs are in cover 0 and are ready to jump the choice routes. They were not ready for Gruden's new wrinkle at all, and Carr saw this pre-snap. After the snap, Carr knows Ruggs has the advantage. The quarterback remains strong under pressure and delivers a strike for a 72-yard touchdown.

Then we saw the same adjustment last Sunday. Derek Carr saw that Minkah Fitzpatrick is the single high safety and diagnosis the blitz pre-snap. Post snap, he buys time to the post by holding Fitzpatrick and then throws a moon shot for Ruggs to run under the football. Sixty-one yards later, it's a touchdown and game over.

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3x1 Choice Shallow with Dig

Choice routes come with a dig alert on specific concepts. It can be a spot concept with the dig route replacing the corner on the top of the bunch or an isolated backside dig. However, Gruden implemented a different version that led to an explosive play.

Against the Pittsburgh Steelers cover 3, there is a new wrinkle. Usually, the dig comes from the opposite side of the Choice route. The wide receiver runs a corner route on the same side as Waller.

The Raiders will be running two digs with Ruggs creating a hi/lo concept for Carr. Post-snap, the robber safety is pulled down to Edwards, leaving an open lane for Ruggs. Carr throws with anticipation hitting Ruggs on time for Yac and a gain of 30.

3x1 Choice Max Protection

Choice max protection is another variation of the 3x1 choice shallow. Instead of the man at the top of the bunch running a shallow, he runs a deep cross to create a big play. The max protection helps when they are facing cover 0.

The Baltimore Ravens learned the hard way about this play in overtime. They lined up in cover 0 with an all-out blitz dialed. The post route becomes the first read with no safety, and the slow release from Renfrow keeps in the corner behind Humphrey from moving. It creates a natural rub for Zay Jones, and he can release for a wide-open touchdown to end the game.

The choice concepts will be a staple for this offense as we go along. Gruden always finds ways to get creative and add new pieces to the scheme to keep teams off guard. We haven't seen all the profound variations out of the 3x1 this season. Hopefully, Gruden saves those for the end of the year run.

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