The Pin and Pull Concept Dominates the Fins
The Bills ran for 266 yards in the ground in their 33-17 win over Miami. Incognito in his post game interview said “It was the same play over and over and over again, same play. We probably ran that play between 10 and 15 times. There are some subtle nuances how we block it up on the front side between the tight end and the pulling guard, but we had good looks all day and we just kept running it.”
Well here it is, I can’t believe that they didn’t make adjustments. This concept is a marriage of outside zone concepts and the power run game that Roman loves to run. Simply put the linemen communicate who is pulling based on the defensive alignment, that’s what Richie meant by nuances. A different lineman or tight end could be leading each time it’s called. So, based on the alignment a lineman will PIN or block down and the free or uncovered lineman will PULL. The RB aiming point or “track” is the outside leg of the TE. If the defense is fast flowing or over pursuing the RB will have a cutback lane. Tough play to defend….. Take a look:
As you can see we have run this play in numerous games and it is a staple of Greg Roman’s run game this year. This was a tweak by Roman, after the first couple games because Shady had trouble getting going. Roman’s original power run game was not meshing with Shady well because of the patience needed. So he started using the PIN and PULL concept to help Shady get into the open field. It is RB friendly because it is a zone concept with a specific aiming point, and the movement of the RB helps set up angles for blocks based on the flow of the defense. Fast flow (by the defense) the RB can cut it back, which occurred A LOT today versus the Fins. Fortunately for us the Fins had no answer to this concept!!! Big win!! Go Bills!!!
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