Notes: Rams having success with what Stafford does well

Athletic’s Ted Nguyen posted on the Vogel app today that it looked like the Los Angeles Rams kept running the same route combination against the Seattle Seahawks with great success. Here is the thread:

Couldn’t confirm without the movie but the Rams kept calling the same piece over and over again last night and SEA couldn’t stop it. I can’t remember ever seeing such a high-profile passing game in an NFL game. pic.twitter.com/W2GRNZtK3H

– Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) October 8, 2021

What’s going on in this piece? Nguyen breaks it up in the thread’s first response. Basically there are three receivers to Matthew Stafford’s left, with one running diagonally through the defense from left to right (where all the linebackers would be) in front of the safes, and then there is a two-man combo on the edge. A suitable pass catcher makes a short pivot, while the outer wide receiver breaks a “skinny” over it.

It’s no surprise to people who saw Matthew Stafford build defenses with the Lions: it’s an upgraded version of the sucker-style combo that Stafford and Calvin Johnson worked for tons of yards under Scott Linehan. Rather than simply running a curl over it with a flattened break-in route, Rams trainer Sean McVay added a deep crosser to really clear the trajectory below. The pivot also keeps the bait underneath moving, which gives extra distance while achieving the same thing.

Exactly the same concept in both games, just turned from side to side. McVay calls it Swiss, but it’s a variation on the old double-in / double-dig where the bottom guy stops and swings out to pull the defense https://t.co/EU5XORPQ4E pic.twitter.com/AtdKJRuu31

– Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) October 8, 2021

Together with the reverse breaks on other calls in the toolbox, McVay further packages the defense. they cannot jump because they do not know which receiver will run which route or in which direction the pivot point and the tip of the stem will go. Just look at this:

You can keep seeing how much damage Woods has done with the same “Swiss” skinny trench working on those spot drop LBs for Seattle https://t.co/Tjj2QD31W2

– Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) October 8, 2021

I have to admit it’s frustrating to see the Rams pounding around with something we all knew Stafford was really good about while the Lions, for whatever reason, didn’t. It’s great to see Nine do well on NFC West, but it would have been even better if it had been Detroit on NFC North. Now for the rest of today’s notes:

In #LARvsSEA the punt was blocked and recovered by the kicking team. The player kicks the ball again behind the line of scrimmage. This is a legal kick, and the result of the play was that the ball was shot at the 11 yard line. pic.twitter.com/saAYrCKlzp

– NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) October 8, 2021

# Lions player Jack Fox, like most of us, had no idea that a blocked punt could be poked twice.

– Proud of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) October 8, 2021

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  • The team’s official YouTube page also posted a fun interview by Dannie Rogers with linebacker Alex Anzalone talking about his Pennsylvania background, lacrosse and upbringing:

  • ESPN’s Seth Walder used NextGenStats to estimate the difference between the yards pass catchers expected based on where they caught the ball and yards after the catch and their actual yards. While most players are at the top of the wide receiver list, a Detroit Lions is sneaking back into the top 30:

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