Inside the Mornhinweg Playbook: Chris Ivory Cuts Back for 17: Week 7


Oct 20, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

For the past six weeks, to help pass the time that we have without football, we have been breaking down some football. Specifically, we have been breaking down effective plays from Marty Mornhinweg’s playbook, and showing how they worked out as effective.

Whether you credit a lot to the design of Mornhinweg’s plays, the execution by his offense, or a combination of both, there were many plays that were effective this season. We have been through the first six weeks so far, now we move onto week seven, when the Jets took on their arch rival Patriots.

This one involved running back Chris Ivory, and a play from the third quarter which was executed brilliantly by the Jets’ offense. Here’s the setup:

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Geno Smith is under center, with two backs, Tommy Bohanon and Chris Ivory, lined up straight behind him in the “I” formation. As indicated, Nick Mangold, Willie Colon, and Austin Howard are going to block down to the right. However, Tommy Bohanon is going to lead forward to the left, making the “B” gap the apparent point of attack. Let’s roll it ahead.

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This time Bohanon is in the circle. He is making the hit on his guy right in the hole, as if that is going to be the attack zone. The aforementioned players blocking down to the right, however, have given two lanes for Ivory to cut back into. Ivory’s excellent instincts take over here as we move forward.

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Ivory is looking for the hole to cut through, and sees the defender lining him up if he goes through the hole straight ahead. So, he instead is going to follow the line around Willie Colon.

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Chris Ivory’s speed takes over from here, as he bursts through that hole off of right tackle.

17 yards later, it is first down for the New York Jets.

As mentioned earlier, sometimes it takes a creative page out of the playbook to get the job done. Sometimes it takes just pure execution of a basic running play, which is what we saw here. Great play!

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