Charles Clay’s Big Day
In the first meeting between the Dolphins and the Bills, offensive coordinator Greg Roman took advantage of the emotions Charles Clay was feeling during his first trip back to Miami. Clay was the focal point of the Bills first offensive drive. He had 3 catches for 58 yds and capitalized by getting in the end zone. Clay finished the day with 5 catches for 82 yds and 1 TD and I’m sure with a huge smile. Lets examine how Clay got so wide open on this particular play:
2nd and 1
Left Hash Bills 33 yd line
The Bills come out with 21 personnel-2 RBs and 1 TE. They are in a twins with a tight WR alignment. FB strong to the boundary. The Fins are in a 4-3 defense, they drop the SS Reshad Jones down in the box.
Pre-snap motion displayed zone coverage. Down and distance says a run could be coming. Roman breaks the tendency by calling a great play action play to the field. Sammy in the slot runs a clearing route, Harvin runs a little pivot route to the flat as Clay runs the deep crossing route and is the intended receiver.
Based on the pre snap motion showing zone and the Fins showing a single high safety this coverage has to be a cover 3 variation. I’m not sure if this was a planned blitz or called because SS Jones can cover flats, but SAM LB Misi blitzes the C gap and attacks Taylor. The CBs and Safety each have a 1/3 of the deep zone. SS Jones bumps Sammy then covers the pivot route to the flats. The LBs Sheppard and Jenkins do not get enough depth to possibly clog the passing lanes.
Taylor has room to get outside the pocket. Harvin is covered in the flats. The CB Grimes shows Sammy respect and carries him down the field with help from the FS Thomas. This allows Clay to sneak into the bubble in the zone.
Taylor calmly drops the pass into a wide open Clay who catches in and gets up the sideline for a gain of 24 yds.
The Bills ended up going on to win the game 41-14 and it was probably the most dominant and complete game game that they have played. Roman game planned and called a phenomenal game versus a very talented defense. On this play he utilized all of his weapons; he used the favorable down and distance to run a play fake to Shady Mccoy. He got Taylor outside the pocket with an easy half field read. He used Sammy to clear the zone, and Harvin to occupy the flats defender. Finally, he got Clay wide open on a deep crossing route for a completion of 24 yards. Things look really pretty when the film study, studying of tendencies, play call and execution all come together. Can the Bills execute as smoothly this weekend? We shall see!!! Go Bills!!!