Most of the things I criticized Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich for against the Cardinals - playing to his weaknesses, playing to Arizona's strengths - were largely rectified this week against the Seattle Seahawks. Whether he or Head Coach Mike McCoy is more responsible for the adjustment is not relevant in my opinion; the results were sensational. As we did last week, we'll take a closer look at one of the plays:
The Play: 12:32 remaining in the 2nd Quarter. 3rd and Goal at the Seattle 8 yard line.
The Chargers come out in "12" personnel (1 RB, 2 TE, 2 WRs). Here's a diagram of the play design.
This play is designed with one main idea - to get Antonio Gates the ball in the endzone. The best way to do this against a good physical defense like Seattle is to get Gates away from the rest of the defense, and give him as much space as possible.
From left to right, WR Keenan Allen (13) is running a shallow hook, then continuing across the middle if the play extends. WR Malcom Floyd (80) runs a go route into the end zone. TE Ladarius Green (89) runs a shallow hook. Antonio Gates (85) runs something like an corner/post route. RB Danny Woodhead (39) motions into the backfield, then runs a Texas route, which he then turns out.
Seattle's defense matches up as follows:
- CB Byron Maxwell (41) against Allen.
- CB Richard Sherman (25) against Floyd.
- LB K.J. Wight (50) against Green.
- LB Bobby Wagner (54) on Woodhead.
- SS Kam Chancellor (31) on Gates.
- S Earl Thomas and S Jeron Johnson (23) are playing Cover 2 in the end zone, their job is to offer help.
- Up front, Seattle is using a 4 man rush. from the defenses' right to left - Bruce Irvin (51), Jordan Hill (97), Michael Bennett (72), and Cliff Avril (56).