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The Ohio State Play Chip Kelly Needs To Steal


Following the announcement that Michael Vick is healthy enough to return to action, there has been some speculation that he might get on the field in some sub-packages. My guess is that most people are thinking of some kind of wildcat, but anyone who caught the Buckeye win over the Hoosiers on Saturday will have seen a play that might be a good fit in Philly.

With 9 minutes left in the first half, Ohio State came out in their 'Jazzy' package: Backup QB Kenny Guiton (for whom the formation is named) in the shotgun, a tight end to the right and two receivers on either side. Except one of those receivers is actually starting QB Braxton Miller. At the snap Kenny G runs out to the left as Miller comes behind him on the end around and the two receivers on the right run in routes across the middle. The tight end will stay home to block and the left slot-receiver will stand his ground to stop the CB following Miller. See below for my crude attempts to draw it in Paint:

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Guiton pitches the ball to Miller as they pass each other, WR Philly Brown (who is no longer needed to disrupt the CBs on the left) takes off on a crossing route to add to the confusion/bodies in the middle and the tight end runs a delayed route into the end zone.

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From here, there's plenty of confusion in the middle and Miller has the simple option to either pass to TE Jeff Heuerman if he's open or run it himself if he's not:

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On this occasion Miller decided to keep it for his second rushing TD of the game. Here's the GIF to see it in action - you'll need to click to animate as my embedding skills are lacking (via elevenwarriors.com):

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I really like this play and I think it would be an interesting wrinkle to add in the red zone with Vick taking a handoff from Foles and then either hitting Celek in the end-zone or carrying it in himself. What do y'all think, should we try to mix Mike in or just leave Foles to get on with it?

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