Inside the Mornhinweg Playbook: Chris Ivory for 35 Yards: Week 15


Jun 17, 2014; Florham Park NJ, USA; New York Jets running back

Chris Ivory

takes a hand off from quarterback

Geno Smith

(7) during minicamp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Hi Jets fans, and happy July 4th. This morning we go “Inside the Mornhinweg Playbook” for a special Independence Day edition. OK, it’s because I didn’t get to the series on Sunday in its normal spot, there you go. I admitted it. Anyway, let’s continue the series and look at a play from week 15.

This play involves Chris Ivory from the second quarter of the game against the Carolina Panthers. The formation is quite unique, showing us some of the creativity that Mornhinweg has up his sleeve:

Quite the interesting formation I would say. We have Geno Smith lined up in the pistol, with Chris Ivory to his right, circled. To the left of Geno, we have Jeremy Kerley and Tommy Bohanon, also circled, are set up off the line of scrimmage. Pre-snap, Kerley will come behind Geno Smith as indicated, as if he is going to take the ball on an end-around. Tommy Bohanon is going to follow as indicated, after the snap, making like he is going to lead Kerley.

Instead, they are going to draw attention to the right, while Ivory takes the handoff and runs off left tackle. Let’s move ahead.

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Right after the snap, you see that Jeremy Kerley is just behind Geno Smith, as Ivory is ready to take the handoff from him. Bohanon is headed to his right as well, drawing attention to himself as the possible lead blocker for an off tackle run to the right.

See? This is the genius of the play design. All of the blocking is to the right, leading the defense to believe that this is where the play is going. But, it turns out that the right is the BACKSIDE, as Ivory takes the ball to the left, to the gaping hole indicated by the circle.

Chris Ivory is off to the races.

35 yards later, it’s first down for the Jets.

Even in the run game, Marty Mornhinweg has creatively designed plays. Chris Ivory and the offensive line executed to perfection.