Inside the Mornhinweg Playbook: Geno to Jeff Cumberland for 29: Week 6

Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (87) runs with the ball while Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark (25) tries to tackle him during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Steelers defeated the Jets 19-6. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Sunday morning, so it is time to go back “Inside the Mornhinweg Playbook”.

Each week for the last several weeks, we have been isolating one big play on offense, and breaking it down on film. How did it work? What did the design look like? How about the execution?

Basically, we are looking at some West Coast offense plays that were successful, and why they were successful. They are plays that we hope to see again come 2014, no matter who is playing quarterback.

We are up to week six, when the Jets hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Jets lost the game, but there still was a play worth highlighting, when Geno Smith hit Jeff Cumberland in the third quarter.

As always, let’s set it up:

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The three important players in this scenario are circled, Jeff Cumberland for us, Ryan Clark, and Troy Polamalu. Cumberland is going to run a “curl” route, to the soft spot in the zone. Watch what happens on the next screen shot.

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Cumberland is going to curl his route to the outside. Ryan Clark, #25, who has been sticking with Jeff as he broke into his route, breaks off his coverage short, to stay in his zone. He is assuming that help is coming from the safeties, especially Troy Polamalu, circled along the back line.

But, this is where the design comes in. The right outside wide receiver is Jeremy Kerley. He is running a deep route, which draws the attention of both safeties, which is going to open up a big hole in the defense for Cumberland to wait for a pass. Watch.

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See how it worked? With the deep receiver garnering the attention of the safeties, Jeff Cumberland has plenty of room to roam in the circled area, the soft spot in the zone. Ryan Clark, circled, tries to make it back to Cumberland in time, but he is too late.

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Jeff Cumberland makes the catch……..

29 yards later, it’s first down Jets.

See? Another well-designed play by Marty, with precisely run routes that open up the pass for a long completion.

Can’t wait to see more this fall.

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