Continuing the "Jay Gruden's TDs in 2013" series, here's a look at what he did in Week 11:
Week 11 win vs. Cleveland Browns (3 TDs)
#1. 2nd and 13. Browns are in a Cover 1 Man coverage. T.J. Ward is the single-high safety. Andy Dalton is going to go to Jermaine Gresham on the corner route at the top of the screen based on coverage.
Andy Dalton lets the ball go before Gresham even breaks on his route. TJ Ward is playing too deep (cautious of A.J. Green?)
Once the ball is in the air, Joe Haden breaks off his coverage of AJ Green and TJ Ward attacks the ball. Neither player can get there in time and Gresham makes the catch with 3 defenders around him.
TJ Ward lowers his head for the hit but doesnt look at where he is hitting and misses. Everyone else falls off Gresham and he is able to walk into the end zone.
#2. 3rd and Goal. The Browns are in Quarters coverage or Cover 4 (4 DBs split the field into fourths and are responsible for their fourth). Browns call this here because its designed to take away the end zone.
The CB bites on the curl route that develops directly in front of him which opens up his fourth of the end zone. By design, Jay Gruden called a SMASH concept (Hitch route with a Corner route behind it) to hopefully take advantage of that.
Andy Dalton is able to deliver the ball to Mohamed Sanu before the CB can recover and before TJ Ward can get there. Touchdown.
#3. 1st and Goal. Gruden is using 23 Personnel (2 RBs, 3 TEs). Domata Peko is in at FB. This is a play-action pass.
Being 1st and Goal, the LBs commit hard to the line of scrimmage when they see the run-action.
What is everyone's first reaction when they realize they've bit on play action? Drop back as quick as possible because chances are someone is trying to run a route behind you. They are able to get back and take away the two deep crossing TEs but lose track of TE Alex Smith running a short drag.
Alex Smith catches an easy touchdown pass.
In addition to loving seams and screens, Jay Gruden really takes advantage of the corner routes as you can see above and in previous breakdowns. He loves running "SMASH" concepts. They are effective and give the QB one specific read. You just need weapons that can win those one-on-one battles.
The three TE set was a new one to the TD series. Jay Gruden has said that he will use the weapons available to him and customize his offense around it. This goes to show just another wrinkle the Gruden used during the season.