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Play of the Day #2

Every play has to have a context. It has to fit within a Continuum of Plays to understand its relevance, significance, and objectives.

Here are the key points of the context:

  1. This was the second play of a final drive in collegiate game versus a D3 JV team. We were down by 8, 2nd + 3, on our 11 with less than 2 minutes left in the game with no time-outs.
  2. This was our play #81. Our goal is Over 80 – over 80 offensive plays every game.
  3. Over 80 no-huddle plays never fails to fatigue the opponent physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, changing the opposing defense from what it was in the 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter, and first half of the 4th quarter.
  4. Over 80 no-huddle plays creates the Multiple Personality Test – we literally face multiples defenses in one game. The opposing defense is never the same for the entire game. That fact is significant because if creates uncertainty for them and us. They cannot predict who they will be in the 4th quarter. Neither can we.
  5. Every play depends on X Fitness. That means Xs and Os are not created equal. Xs and Os drawn on paper depend entirely on the fitness of each X and each O.
  6. This was the third time was ran this play in the game. Each the play was different because of the Strength Differential, referring to the ratio of strength and fitness between us and them. We out-lift, outwork, out-train everyone in the weight room and on the practice field. That means that our opponent’s always suffer more Strength Deficit in a game than we do. That changes the Strength Differential in every drive of every quarter. In other words, we all change during the game. They are different, we are different as the game progresses.
  7. Defensive coverage changes substantially because of Strength Deficit. Three things get slower: response-time, physical 40-time, intellectual 40-time. In other words, every defense we play gets slower in mind-body-soul, including the all-important defensive Rapid-Decision-Making process. That’s why we don’t read defenses, why we don’t care what coverage they are in, and why we will never, ever let a defense dictate our play-calling.
  8. This base formation was a double on-line slot, 2-back, 1×2 shotgun.
  9. 2 shifts changed the base formation to a 3×1, single-back on the trips side.
  10. The objective of the 4-receiver frontside
  11. Play-action was a gamble because of our pass frequency. By the 4th quarter, defenses rarely react to any threat of run because of our infrequent run. On this play, both linebackers reacted to the play-action.
  12. The QB had discretion of 3 or 5 steps. He stopped at 3 and completed the pass to Tango who attacked the opposite/backside flat at its lowest point.
  13. The open-field run after the catch resulted in a 7 yard gain. The clock stopped because of the 1st down.
  14. Never discount the effect of the frontside-4 when a backside single receiver is hit. Charlie’s Stop Pattern beyond the linebackers was wide-open. Alpha’s post pattern caused the safeties to align 4 yards deeper minimum for the rest of the drive. For some unexplained reason, Bravo was uncovered. Bravo had caught 13 receptions for 134 yards up to this point. Bravo was clearly our MDM.
  15. Finally, X-Ray’s slant-out + up was my frontside call. The QB called the backside. Motioning a back to #1 on the wide-side and running anything deep had resulted in 83% open-receiver for the entire season.
  16. The ball was release again in under 3 seconds.
  17. On both play #1 and play #2, pass-rush pressure was not a factor.

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Blessings + all good things


Gino Arcaro



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