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Hazard's Huddle: Jay Gruden on 1st and 10 (vs. Baltimore Ravens)(Cont.)

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An All-22 film look at Jay Gruden's play-calling categorized by down and distance.

Ezra Shaw

Continuing to look at Jay Gruden's play-calling by down and distance. Here we go:

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Location: Ravens 13

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 11

Play Type: Run

Gun Left Sweep here. Tyler Eifert is an in-line TE and Gio Bernard is in the backfield.

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The play results in a gain of 4.

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Location: Bengals 42

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 11

Play Type: Pass

As we talked about before, the speed out at the top of the screen is a natural pick play to beat man coverage. There is already a lot of space between the speed out and the defender playing over top of him. The Stick/hitch route at the top is designed to find space in a zone. At the bottom of the screen, the out route is suppose to beat man coverage and the post can be hit in a zone or in man if the CB gives away inside leverage.

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The Ravens run Cover 1 man. Andy Dalton tries to get it into Marvin Jones on the hitch route but it's a poor read and a poor throw. The play results in an interception.

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Location: Bengals 16

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 21

Play Type: Run

This is the second time we've seen this play on first down. It's that 24 Counter Trap. The O-Line and BenJarvis Green-Ellis run like it's a stretch right but when BJGE gets the ball he cuts back left and follows Eifert who is making the "trap" block.

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The play results in a gain of 1.

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Location: Ravens 40

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 11

Play Type: Pass

On this play we see a second variation of the out/post combo at the bottom of the screen. The hitch by Eifert is designed to move the sticks by finding a hole if it's zone. Depending on what kind of zone, the outside hitch at the top can beat man or zone if run correctly.

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Andy Dalton makes a poor throw. In fact, he throws it directly between the two hitches. He might have thought that his out route was to that side. The play results in an incomplete pass.

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Location: Bengals 22

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 11

Play Type: Run

This one is pretty self-explanatory. 22 Give.

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The play results in a gain of 2.

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Location: Bengals 29

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 11

Play Type: Pass

The hitch routes on the outsides can beat man coverage and Cover 3. The seam routes can beat man coverage and Cover 2 Zone.

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The Ravens are in Cover 1 Man and Dalton takes the A.J.Green vs. Ladarius Webb match-up. The play results in an incomplete pass.

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Location: Bengals 49

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 21

Play Type: Pass

It's not very often you see a Jay Gruden pass play with only 3 routes but the Ravens pass rush was really getting to Dalton this game. The hitch route and the sluggo route are designed to beat man coverage. The In-Route from the slot it designed to beat zone (it can also beat man depending on the leverage of the coverage.
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The Ravens are in a Cover 2 Zone so Dalton hits A.J. Green as he breaks on his in route. The play results in a gain of 18.

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Location: Ravens 33

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 11

Play Type: Pass

Jay Gruden favorite here. The Smash Concept (high-low read with a hitch route and a corner route). Also, have a speed out to the right and a flare route to the left so Dalton has two safety valves on the play.
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The Ravens run a Cover 3 so Dalton dumps if off to Bernard on the flare route. The play results in a gain of 2.
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Location: Ravens 18

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 11

Play Type: Pass

Here is your standard screen pass. Bernard goes up to the line to "block" and after 3 seconds him and two OLineman release intho the flat.

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The Ravens end up calling a blitz from the same side as the screen which blows open the play. The play results in a touchdown.

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Location: 50 yard line

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 11

Play Type: Run

These plays look like read-option but Dalton hasn't been reading. By doing this though, it does open up the read-option for other times in the game and other games.

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The play results in no gain.

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Location: Ravens 37

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 21

Play Type: Run

24 Counter Trap. Third time we've seen this play.
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Third time it hasn't gained many yards. Bernard didn't like the hole created by the "trap" block and tried to bounce it all the way out to the right. The play results in a gain of 1.
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Location: Bengals 40

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 11

Play Type: Pass

It's late in the game and Jay Gruden is expecting a zone/prevent type coverage. He runs all hitches so Dalton can find the WR that sits in the open zone for a quick completion. There's a fly route at the top on the outside in case there's a rare occurrence that Ravens play man coverage in this game situation Coach_clips__56__medium
Dalton finds Tyler Eifert on his hitch route. The play results in a gain of 9.

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Location: Ravens 46

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 11

Play Type: Pass

How's this for a change up? The exact opposite of the previous play. Gruden is hoping to get a Cover 2 Zone coverage. He's looking to flood the two man deep coverage with 3 routes. On the outside at the bottom, he has a comeback route.
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Dalton can't find anyone open so he scrambles. The play results in a gain of 2.
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Location: Bengals 20

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 21

Play Type: Pass

This should look familiar to Redskins fans. This is a Zone Stretch Left PA Bootleg Right. Has a post and a corner attacking the deep coverage while he has a release route and a backside flat route to attack all 3 levels of the defense.
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Dalton finds Alex Smith for the reception. The play results in a gain of 3.
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Location: Bengals 32

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 21

Play Type: Run

We've seen this one before. Dalton fakes the quick WR screen pass and then gives it to Bernard on the draw play.
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The play results in a gain of 16.
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Location: Bengals 48

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 21

Play Type: Run

Both TEs are stacked to the right side. This is just 24 Give.
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The play results in a gain of 5.
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Location: Ravens 41

Down and Distance: 1st and 10

Personnel: 21

Play Type: Pass

This is a great situational play-call by Gruden. Bengals are at the Ravens 48 and are looking to take their shot. It's first down and Bengals come out in their "21" personnel that they've been using mostly for runs. Gruden does this hoping Ravens give him an 8 man box which they do. This route combination is designed SPECIFICALLY to attack a single high safety. The slant and go (sluggo) is the decoy. The idea is you fake the slant, QB pump fakes, WR heads up field which makes the safety think he needs to get over top of that while the true target is the seam route heading into the middle of the field that the safety just vacated. The other routes are safety valves.

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The safety doesnt bite very hard on the sluggo and Eifert is covered in the slot. Dalton has to throw the ball away. The play results in an incomplete pass. Bengals end up losing the game in overtime.

Raw Numbers

  • Out of 87 offensive plays, 34 of them occurred on 1st and 10
  • Out of 34 plays, 17 were run plays and 17 were pass plays. (I will say that the passes on first down didn't start coming until the Bengals were falling behind. Before that, it was predominantly run.)
  • Out of 34 plays, 18 were with "21" personnel, 15 were with "11" personnel, and 1 was out of "12" personnel (Once again, was predominantly 21 until we started falling behind, then 11 was more exclusive with sprinkles of 21.)