Ack's Virtual Playbook

Time to step back into the press box, put on the headsets and call the play. Last week we examined the "Shallow Cross". This time I diagram the "Draw Play". Read on for more.

Click here for an explanation of key terms and principles and here for diagrams of different defensive coverages.

The week's play is the "Draw Play," which is a running play designed to look like a pass at the snap of the ball. The key to the "Draw" is patience by not only the offensive lineman but the running backs as well. There are many types of "Draw Plays" such as the "Lead Draw," "Draw Trap" and "QB Draw." Each one of these plays try to deceive the defense up by using pass principles. For example a two point stance by the offensive lineman to give the feel of a pass look. The quarterback looking down the field before handing the ball off, and the running back standing as if he were going to protect for the upcoming pass attempt. All of these ingredients go into developing the "Draw Play." Finally, when you call the play and how much success you have had throwing the football strengthens the ability for the play to work.

We will diagram the play out of two formations -- the one back draw and the two back lead draw. Florida chooses to run the one back draw a lot out of the shotgun and allows the back a lot of time to pick and choose his hole. The beauty of a draw play is that the play is called for a particular hole in the defense but that is just an aiming point for the back. A good draw running back will go where the hole is, not where it is called. Offensive lineman love this play because they are taught to take the defensive lineman where he wants to go. This is opposite of what normal running plays are designed to do which is move the defender out of the hole. This way some defenders such as ends run themselves out of the play right away. It is vitally important that the offensive lineman communicate during the play so that guys may rub off to the second level.

These are weak side draws or draw weak.

Diagram 1A: 

This is a two back set with a tight end and two wide receivers. The quarterback can be in the gun or under center. The defense is in a base 4-3 alignment playing cover two. 

Offensive Line: Except for the center all of the lineman will be in a two point set with their outside foot slightly back. Their hands will be on their knees and there eyes up on the defense.

Tackles: The left tackle could have an easy job as most of the time in a passing situation there defensive end is trying to get off the edge and will sometimes align extra wide, which we call a "jet" technique. (FSU is famous for this).

Draw Blocking Technique: 
This is good for all 1 on 1 lineman. At the snap the tackles will give ground and widen the defensive end. It is important to recognize which type of rush the end is using, because if he lines up wide and decides to crash in on a stunt or game the tackle must be prepared to delete his charge. After the end widens, the tackle will take his inside hand and run it up the armpit of the end and use his outside hand to push his hip and force his momentum out of the play. The left guard must combination block with the center to stymie the progress of the nose. He must communicate to the center when he feels he has leverage so the center can come off and block the "Mike" linebacker. The right guard uses the same technique as the tackle and influences the lineman out of the play. The right tackle is uncovered in this particular defense so he can free release to the "Sam" linebacker. The switch call must be made with the tight end and only if the End is in an outside or head up technique on the tight end. 

Z receiver: can inside release to the safety vs Cover two and take him out. 

H Back: steps in one step then releases at the inside thigh of the "Will" linebacker. He may cut him if he has to, but we would prefer he did not if contact is right at the line of scrimmage. 

F: Back steps in and delays a count looking down the field at the defense. After taking the handoff from the QB find daylight. 

QB: Handoff the ball after looking down field to set up pass then carry out three step drop

Diagram 1B: 

Subtle changes are made between the right tackle and tight end. When both are covered by defensive players the tackle will make a "turn" call alerting the tight end to use the draw block. The center and guard will fold sometimes vs a really stout nose tackle. What this does is allow the center to get an angle and drive the nose out of the play right away. The left guard will then drop step and "fold" behind him looking for the "Mike" linebacker.

Diagram 2A: 

The gun draw out of our one back Bandit formation. This is vs a 3-4 "50" defense.

Left Tackle: Use draw block to move defensive end out of play with influence block.

Right Tackle: Same as Left Tackle.

Right Guard: Hesitate a half count then cut inside thigh of linebacker.

Left Guard: Hesitate a half count then cut inside thigh of linebacker.

Center: Take on Nose at snap of ball and wall him to one side or the other, which ever way he jumps.

Y: Cut off sam defender.

H: Cut off rover defender.

F Back: Delay a count then find daylight. Make sure you read the nose tackle's penetration.

QB: Handoff the ball after looking down field to set up pass then carry out three step drop.

Diagram 2B: 

This is versus a variation of the 4-3 front when the center and guard are covered to the strong side. The left guard and center still combo with a down call by the left guard. It could also be a "scoop" call depending on the technique of the nose tackle. Right guard makes a "fan" call alerting the tackle to use the draw technique to block out on the defender to his outside shoulder.

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