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11/30/2009

A Look At Mouse Davis’ Playbook From The 1985 Denver Gold

Here are some notes and tips from the 1985 Denver Gold Run-and-Shoot Playbook.

Motion Movements
– Rip = Motion Right by W Receiver
– Liz = Motion Left by Y Receiver
– Early Rip = 3 WR on the Right Side (Trips Formation)
– Early Liz = 3 WR on the Left Side (Trips = Triple/Triplets Formation)
– Rip Left = Motion Right but returns by W Receiver
– Liz Right = Motion Left but returns by Y Receiver
– Rip Wide = W Receiver lined up outside Z Receiver (Trips Formation)
– Liz Wide = Y Receiver lined up outside X Receiver (Trips Formation)
– Rip Wide Left = See RW but W motions inside of Z Receiver (Trips Formation)
– Liz Wide Right = See LW but Y motions inside of X Receiver (Trips Formation)
– Rip Wide Liz Right = Y Receiver motions left but returns to spot
– Liz Wide Rip Left = W Receiver motions right but returns to spot
– Early Rip Liz Right = Y Receiver motions left but returns to spot
– Early Liz Rip Left = W Receiver motions right but returns to spot
– Early Rip Left = W Receiver motions left
– Early Liz Right = Y Receiver motions right

4 Basic Pass Patterns used along with the 90 Pass Series
1: Rip 61 X Choice and Liz 60 Z Choice
– X runs a Streak
– Y (Left Motion) runs a Streak
– W runs a Drag/Dig
– Z runs a Choice (Slant, Post, Out, or Fade)

Progression Read is Z (Primary Receiver), Y, then W. X largely acts as a decoy. If a blitz, progression changes to Z, W, then Y.

On 61 X Choice, the Z Receiver has the following options…
– If DB plays off 5-7 Yards = Runs a 7 step Out route or a 7 step Post route
– If DB maintains a 5 yard cushion = Run a 7 step Out route
– If DB breaks the cushion (i.e. tries to get closer) = Runs a 7 step Post route
– If DB plays Cover 2 Man = Runs a Streak
– If DB plays Cover 2 Zone = Runs a Fade
– If against an all out blitz = Runs a 3 step Slant route

On 61 X Choice, the Y Receiver has the following options…
– If FS is playing deep and stays deep = Alter Streak into a Hook in open area
– If FS is playing deep but shallow = Run the Streak
– If FS is playing deep but comes towards you = Alter Streak into a Slant to “break” across his face
– If FS is playing deep but moves away from you = Run the Streak
– If playing 2 Deep Safety Zone = Alter Streak into a Slant across closest safety and try to hit the area in between them
– If playing Man = Alter Streak into a Slant to “break” across his face. The two Man coverages will be a S crossing with or a LB crossing with

On 61 X Choice, the W Receiver has the following options…
– vs. Man Coverage = Continue the Drag/Dig route
– vs. Zone Coverage = Turn the Drag/Dig route into a Hook in the open area between linebackers

Rip 60 Z Choice Special has the W and Y Receivers switch assignments

60 Z Choice Even has the X Receiver run a Switch Route out of the base formation without motion. This forces the safeties to stay on the W/Y Receivers and allows the X and Z Receivers to get one on one man coverage in their routes.

2: Liz 61 X Go or Rip 60 Z Go
Progression Read in a Zone Coverage is Y in a Flat route, W in a Corner Post, then Z in a Fade route. Could also be W, Y, then Z. Against Man Coverage is Y, W, then Z.

3: Liz 61 X Slide or Rip 60 Z Slide
Progression Read becomes Y in a Streak route, Z in a Post route, then W in a Bubble Flat route (rounds back behind line of scrimmage before running up farther east).

Variations on plays can be called for example 60 Z Slide Y Hook, which involves the Y Receiver performing a Hook route with the Z Receiver now running a Streak. Other plays can involve different primary receivers and 2 receivers running different routes.

4: 81 Z Switch or 80 X Switch
Progression Read becomes Y in a Streak route then X in a Switch Route.

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