Here's a pair of some successful plays broken down on film to keep an eye out for the next few games. Let's see how we use such plays to exploit the quick front seven for Hamilton too.
These two plays are basically akin to running plays though not strictly running plays.
I'd bet a load of drinks that the defensive coordinator for Hamilton will be watching this film a lot this week.
Basically early in the game, the strategy of our offensive coordinator was masterful such that we were able to get the Riders to overcommit to the run and short game and then enable Ray to exploit the mismatches in the secondary on a subsequent play as well.
And with our stable of fine backs including three who are starter material, the defence HAS to take the run and short game seriously too.
Note in addition how gaps in defensive coverage of the short game are exploited effectively on these two plays with the use of Bowman in the slot just as if were a running back.
Mind you we have not even used Whitlock and also the tall Marcus Henry yet!
The time indicated is approximately a second or less after the snap and a good time to freeze the frame so you can see what's going on overall.
Ray makes a good play fake for the run right to the weak side, with the defence already lined up with seven guys in short yardage to the right and centre and only one guy in short yardage to the strong side left. Look at all that space to the strong side!
Bowman motions in the slot to strong side for the screen pass and the defence, frozen by the play fake and with too many guys reading weak side, and at 0:43 are thus behind trying to catch Bowman who also has beaten with his speed the one guy on the defensive strong side who elected to attempt to pressure Ray with no backup for the strong side contain at all.
Bowman with all that space and speed goes for first down, and then right on cue on the next play Ray exploits the secondary with the mismatch on Barnes for the TD.
Note a full six men on defence right who end up on the line in rush mode here. No one on the defence is left to cover the screen or short pass again, which goes to Bowman on the weak side who remains in the backfield akin to a running back to go for another first down.
At 1:44 note all the space to the weak side and TWO options for Ray. Note also the great cut block on SK #95 by ED#66.
Then SK #95 is such a fine athlete with supreme balance that he holds his ground even after that great block and is alert and in position enough almost to make the play on Bowman!
Porter's short route to the far weak side throws off and lures the single DB to commit to him and open up the space for Bowman.
Basically one key to our offence seems to be is to create enough diversion to get Bowman in space as a playmaker when the defence is unbalanced to the running game and/or with too many guys on the line.
In two more plays, Ray again exploits another mismatch on Barnes for the TD.