Just stumbled on this in google and thought I’d pass it on to our OC…
The screen pass
_ _ | |
WR | OL OL OL OL OL WR
WR QB TE
The screen pass takes advantage of the aggressiveness of the defense. On a screen, the linemen will actually let the defense past them, making it look as though they’ve been beaten to the inside. At the same time, the running back runs out into the flat, and takes a short pass from the quarterback. The wide receivers and offensive linemen then focus on blocking downfield for the running back, ignoring the defensemen who have rushed themselves out of the play.
WR OL OL OL|OL OL WR
The draw is another play that takes advantage of the defense’s overpursuit. Drawn up here in the shotgun, the ball is handed off to the running back, who runs straight up the middle. The offensive line must deflect the oncoming rush away from the hole that the running back is going to run through. This play can also be run by the quarterback (appropriately called the ‘quarterback draw’), and the play can also be run as a delay. That is, the quarterback can hold on to the ball for an extra count to allow the defense further upfield, and then hand off.