Inside the Mornhinweg Playbook: Chris Ivory Off Tackle for 52: Week 9

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Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) scores a touchdown past New Orleans Saints outside linebacker David Hawthorne (57) in the first half during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Sunday morning, and we are still without football for a while longer. So, let’s continue our journey “Inside the Mornhinweg Playbook”. If you haven’t seen the series yet, each week, we have been taking a look at an effective offensive play from 2013, and breaking it down. What did it look like? How did they execute?

The basic reasons why we want to see the play again in 2014.

This week we take a play from the week nine upset of the New Orleans Saints. Chris Ivory is in the spotlight on this one, as it is an off-tackle run for him. This play took place early in the second quarter, in the shadow of the Jets endzone.

Let’s get started by looking at the formation:

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The Jets are lined up in the “I” formation, Tommy Bohanon is behind Geno Smith, with Chris Ivory behind him. Chris Ivory is circled, as is the defender that will be key in this play, #50, Curtis Lofton. Look at the pre-snap formation and I will illustrate further.

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It seems, on its face, like a simple off right tackle run to Chris Ivory. But, it is more than that. Remember all of the time that I have written that Chris Ivory runs like he is mad at the grass? Well, watch how he takes on Curtis Lofton as we move forward.

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Tommy Bohanon is circled on the left, making an excellent block at the point of attack.  In the right circle, Curtis Lofton has penetrated, and nearly beaten his man.  There are two options for Chris Ivory here.  He could follow the line to our right with the question mark.  The move seems prudent, as both offensive linemen have gained the advantage.  Or, he could cut right in behind Bohanon, and hope that he beats Curtis Lofton.  What does Chris Ivory decide to do?

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