Despite the emphasis on the passing game, the West Coast offense is not only about passing. Not even Marty Mornhinweg’s version. It’s true, I’ve seen it. We are going to take a look a running play this week as we go, “Inside the Mornhinweg Playbook”.
This is a big gain for Chris Ivory from late in the game versus the Falcons on Monday Night Football. Let’s take a look.
The Jets are in the gun, two receivers to the right, and one to the left. Chris Ivory is in the backfield, to Geno Smith‘s left. It looks like a pass, but right at the snap, the play clearly shows run. But, as the arrows indicate, the line blocks down to the right. Geno Smith is going to show great ball handling skills that freeze the defense, and open the hole for Chris Ivory. Roll it!
See the linemen moving the Falcons from left to right? Nick Mangold and the left side of the line clears their opponents clear across the hashmarks. But, what about the two defenders circled, watching the action into the backfield? That is where Geno Smith comes in. After putting the ball in Ivory’s gut, he starts to run to the left as if he kept it, freezing the defenders. Take a look.
See Geno sliding to the left? That froze the defenders, circled, long enough for Chris Ivory to hit the hole, virtually untouched. By the time they get moving, Ivory is far into the second level.
Ivory hits the hole so quickly, that it was just that couple of steps to the left by Geno Smith to free him up. Ivory takes the ball through, as usual, like he is mad at the turf.
Chris Ivory goes airborne, and ends up with a 19 yard pickup, and it’s first and goal New York Jets.
So, you CAN run the ball in the West Coast offense. Even with Marty Mornhinweg, who loves to pass, at the helm. Good execution, and a good move with the ball by your young quarterback will get the job done. And, it doesn’t hurt to have a guy that can run North/South like Chris Ivory either.