Originally posted by LVJay:
He's good at working on that triple-chin-action play!
During the broadcast, they show Roman in the booth, then this play happens.
The 49ers come out in an odd personnel package with 3 TEs. ARI counters with 4DL 4LB
3DB. FS is in black, SS in blue circle.
Below: All three TEs have lined up to one side of the formation. Kyle is lined up wide left with a CB (off screen). This play is made to attack the LB straight ahead of Goodwin.
Below: VD (red arrow) has shifted over to the left side. VD is now Honeybadger's (black) assignment.
Below: Vance has now shifted over to the left side and lines up between Kyle and VD. The FS (black) now switches over to take Vance. That targeted LB is now on Vernon. Perfect. The ball is snapped before Vance is even set.
Below: I thought this was a key part in VD's route. VD has to get behind that LB so that if it's zone, the LB will pass VD off to the deep SS (blue), or anyone, because that LB can't leave his zone assignment (black square). VD has now exited that LB's zone, as far as that LB is concerned. You can see that LB giving the old 'he's not mine anymore' tap.
Below: VD now re-enters that LB's zone, but this time is behind the LB. The SS (blue) is caught guarding air. 26 yard gain.
HarRo using personnel, shifting, and formation to get the desired matchup. It's so creative and is on display nearly every week. There was a Cosell breakdown of how they did this to HOU for the VD touchdown. Can they keep up this creativity?