Pitt’s Jet Sweep + Inside Zone

I have been watching a good amount of Pitt’s 2016 film lately.  They did several interesting things under OC Matt Canada (who just got the LSU OC job).

To me, the most interesting thing they do is the way they package Jet Sweep with their Inside Zone (IZ) run game.  It is unique to me in that they are executed the EXACT same.

Pitt runs the Jet going one direction, with the IZ going the other way.  From looking at several clips of this it appears that Part of the team is blocking IZ, while others are blocking for the Jet.

For example, imagine Jet going Right, with IZ (and the Rb) going left.

Everyone from the RT position over toward the left, will be blocking IZ Left.

Everyone from the Right TE position and/or H back Position will be blocking for the Jet .

Notice I said “position” to describe each spot.  That is because Pitt does a lot of unbalanced formations, and often a tackle will be over next to the other tackle, and end up as the 3rd man to that side, or “the TE position”.  His follows the rules as if he was a TE.

Below are some diagrams to describe what I am talking about.

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The beauty of doing it this way, gives the defense NOTHING they can key on and read to get all of their hats to the football.  There is nothing tipping the offense’s hand.  Box players have to play/respect the IZ.  DBs/Force players have to respect the Jet.  DE’s get caught in between, seeing TE/H Backs run one way and OL go the other way, unsure of who has the ball, and still having some responsibility for QB boot if the Jet and IZ were both faked.

Below I will go through some clips of this concept.  You will see it really divides the defense as players have to honor their responsibilities and it isolates defenders, forcing them to try to make open field tackles.

 

My favorite thing about this play series, is that it completely cuts the defense in half.  In the 3 clips above you see defenders being fooled by where the ball is and it reduces the ability of the defense to pursue the ball.  I think it also makes the Jet Sweep a more viable option than just “hope it gets the edge”.  Because the LBs have to honor the Inside Zone action, it removes them from being inside out flow players on the Jet.  Even if the defense is able to force the Jet to cut it up, there aren’t LBs sitting there to blow it up… they are trying to tackle the RB on the other side of the field.

Great concept from Pitt, and I look forward to seeing LSU run it next season.  I am curious to see the challenge it presents to those NFL SEC defenses.

“Culture Defeats Strategy” Book Review

I don’t do a ton of reading but decided to make a purchase 2 weeks ago.  I feel our program has been lacking leadership and we need to make some changes to increase the leadership and improve the buy in within the team.  I came across this book from Coach Randy Jackson from his Twitter Account.

Culture Defeats Strategy

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Throughout this book Coach Jackson shares his journey as a coach, lessons he has learned, and the way he has run his program at each stop along the way.

This book was exactly what I was looking for.  This is not an X’s and O’s book.  This book focuses on creating core values to shape the identity of your team.  Coach Jackson shares his ideas for building leaders, creating core values, and using those values to improve your team.

Throughout the book he shares stories that help you see the importance of each core value.

The 7 Core Values are illustrated on the Cover

  1. Energy
  2. Competition
  3. Toughness
  4. Family
  5. Discipline
  6. Finish
  7. Pay Day

I will be honest, as I read this, I knew I personally, could not use every single idea in this book.  However as I read, i jotted down notes.  I tried to write notes on every single idea I thought I COULD add to my program.  These strategies will help us lay a foundation to build an overall better football program in 2017.  It has pushed me to create a “leadership council” within my program where we will meet monthly year round to build a better football program.  We had our first meeting the day after I finished this book and we were able to start working on our own core values.  Asking the players to work with me on this has helped yield so much more buy in than if I just decided things myself.  This helps me see what is important to them and tells me the general pulse of the team.

 

I don’t do a ton of recommendations on this blog but I recommend this book without hesitation.  You WILL find something in here that you can take, and improve your football program.

 

Other Positives:

  • Cheap… only $20
  • Easy Read (I finished in under 3 hours)
  • Comes with digital copy and worksheets (emailed to you)

 

Culture Defeats Strategy can be purchases at Coach Randy Jackson’s Website.

 

Pitt Panther’s use of Power Read Shovel against Clemson

The Power Read Concept is nothing new in football.  It has taken many college and HS offenses by storm since Cam Newton and Auburn made it famous in their National Title run 6 seasons ago.  A good chunk of his rushing yards on the way to his Heisman trophy came from the power read concept.

Traditional Power Read involves some constants… the OL will block POWER.  The playside will block down or double, the backside guard will pull playside and insert onto the playside LB, and the backside tackle will check B gap to hinge on the DE.

The RB will run a sweep as the QB reads the defensive end to that side.  If he squeezes the QB gives it to the RB to run the sweep outside, if he comes upfield or out, the QB pulls the ball and follow the guard inside off tackle.

This is option football with the RB sweep being the outside threat and the QB pull being the “Dive Phase”.

It looks like this

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Pittsburgh worked a different version of this play as one of their main concepts in 2016.  Rather than run the QB as the Dive Phase, they used an H back/TE on a shovel pass to replace the usual QB run.  The benefit of this is it allows you to run the concept without having to run your QB.  This is beneficial for a team who either does not have an athletic QB or who wants to limit the contact that QB takes throughout the season.

Another great thing that the former Pittsburgh OC Matt Canada (Recently hired at LSU) is known for is his use of formations, shifts, and motions.  In some of these clips you will see he gets to this play from a variety of looks.

Even within the core concept of power read, with a shovel built in as the dive, or inside run, he gets into multiple looks with how the ball threatens the perimeter.

Power Read with Shovel:

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Power Read with shovel: Giving Sweep

Multiple shifts/motion with Power read shovel:

Below is an End Zone Shot of the play, so you can see what the QB and OL see.  After starting in empty, RB Connor comes in Jet motion to be the sweep phase and the h back does his usual shovel.  When the DE comes upfield attacking the Jet/RB, the Qb shovels it underneath for their first TD of the game

 

Speed Option with Shovel:

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Sprint Pass paired with Power Read Shovel:

Here is a clip from earlier in the game where Pitt came out with the same look, but the DE flew upfield allowing the QB to shovel it underneath to the TE.

Play Action Deep Shot:

Here, off the same Speed Option Power Shovel Look

Pitt takes a shot down the sideline to the RB running a vertical route from the backfield for a huge TD