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Playbook: Go To Run

I’m starting a new series here on GiantsGab. It’s called Playbook. Essentially, it goes into detail the types of plays and schemes the Giants like to run, while offering suggestions of new ones as well. The idea for this series came for a couple of reasons. One, I love talking football strategy. And two, it’s insanely easy and fun to draw on Google Docs. Call me simple. But, here goes.

The first play is a standard run the Giants use on plenty of first downs.

Whenever you see this formation, the Giants are running the ball. This is their go to run (hence the title). Let’s start with the receivers. Their job is to wall off the corners. If Jacobs decides to break it out wide, they have to hold their ground, so he has room to run.

The tight end serves as a sixth offensive lineman. He has to neutralize the outside linebacker. The rest of the offensive line protects their “gap”.

Jacobs has three options. Run between the guard and tackle. Run between the tackle and tight end. Or run outside the tight end. It’s really up to what the defense is showing. Still, Hedgecock is going to attack the hole between the guard and tackle, blocking the middle linebacker. Now, if Eli sees something in the defense and they know the middle linebacker is backing up into coverage, the guard can pull out to the outside, and Jacobs can run behind him.

This play, when executed, is good for 5 or 6 yards, a perfect 1st down play. That said, the Giants run this a lot. Almost too much. Every time you see this formation, they’re going to run this play. Defenses start to catch on, and instead of 5-6 yards it’s 2-3 yards. The Giants stick to this play too much. That’s a common theme we see with the Giants. They get attached to plays. They would be better served to mix it up, and run something like this:

Same formation, but play action. Manning rolls right, and he has options. Smith is running the crossing pattern. If the “MIKE” back buys the fake, he has the middle of the field. Nicks is running a fly. He’ll have single coverage, because the safety will come up to help with Smith. Jacobs is running a little curl to the middle of the field. He’s the safety valve. If you want, Boss could release from the line, and run a down and out. The best thing to do when creating a play is to have options. In the run play I diagramed, while there’s three lanes, the defense often knows it’s coming. That’s why a play action play like the one above can be so effective. It will also make the run play more effective. Options, class, is so important when creating plays.

The Giants will run this play at least 5 times a game, and you can always tell when they’re running it. Next time you see this formation, remember: Jacobs has three options. Between guard and tackle, between tackle and tight end, and outside of tight end. Where he goes is up to the defense. We’d like to see the Giants implement a play action off this play, creating some deception, and getting rid of predicability.

So, class, any questions about the play? Anything you want me to go more in depth on? Let us know in the comments.

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3 Responses to “Playbook: Go To Run”

  1. Jeremy says:

    I would prefer beckum to be in as the FB and run that curl. And jacobs to stay in to block.

  2. twerp says:

    I like this feature.

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