One of the things we as a staff have really started to develop over the course of the past two seasons are packaged plays...ie 2 plays in one. This idea first gained traction with us when we visited the University of Oregon in February of 2010.
While there, along with absolutely hanging on every word that Coach Greatwood said, we stumbled upon a counter play that intrigued us.
The beauty of packaging these two plays is that they really force the defensive end to really be wrong no matter what. If he plays the sweep (by expanding and trying to spill or contain the motion man), we run counter with the Quarterback. If he plays the counter (by stepping down on the pulling lineman) we have a clean edge (meaning more players to block than defensive players to defend in a particular area.)
Here, because of our success with the fly portion, the defense over rotates creating this:
Combined with our other zone play principles, we have made it our mission to confuse and confound the defensive ends in any system to the point where they are non-factors.
Why is that important?
The defensive end in most schemes are (usually) the dominate athletic defender of the opposition. If we cause uncertainty, even for a moment, we eliminate a major player.
More packaged plays to come........