First of all, Adam Gase is interviewing to be the Offensive Coordinator for the Seahawks. Too late. If only Adam were calling plays when the Seahawks decided to try a goal-line pass instead of just handing off to Marshawn Lynch…Oh wait, Gase woulda called a pass there too.
The Baltimore Ravens had the NFL’s worst game plan in history during Saturday’s loss to the Bills, and the result speaks for itself. On a night of bitter cold, swirling winds, and a staunch Bills pass defense, the Ravens’ game plan was to pass pass pass. Lemar Jackson is an incredible runner when they call his number, but for some unknown reason, Baltimore kept trying standard pass plays from standard formations. I kept watching him fade back and wait in the pocket…instead of sprinting forward for 15 or 20 yards like he always seems to. The Ravens game plan fell right into the Bills’ lap. The weather was not conducive to throwing the ball, and yet the Ravens kept trying. Jackson is not the reigning MVP because of his pocket passing. It’s because of his all-around playmaking ability, and the Ravens took that away from him Saturday.
The Ravens D gave up only 10 points, and they still lost by 14 points. Not a good plan at all.
I love studying formations and how successful they can be. As many regular readers know, I’m typically against a 5-WR set because it only leaves 5 blockers available. The Saints ran a few plays with one WR and one RB. Add Drew Brees to the mix, and that is 3 skill positions on the field. They had 8 blockers and 3 “ball” guys. The Bucs defense knows Brees is not a threat to run, so they can key on either the RB or the WR. Only two men to worry about, so it should be easy, you might think. Except 8 blockers is a lot to contend with. An awful lot. Brees handed to the RB both times they ran this formation, and both times he picked up a first down. The Saints were not being cute. They had 8 guys in to make sure the running play worked well, and they had one WR on the opposite side just to keep the defense honest. I thought this was a really great formation, and the results paid off. I wish the Dolphins did basic stuff like that more often. Especially with a young line and young RBs. Why not give Myles Gaskin 8 blockers instead of 5?