Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner is an absolute wizard when it comes to utilizing and taking advantage of the tight end position within the play action passing game. Unpredictability and using players as movable chess pieces on a board that is the football field can create throwing windows that were previously nonexistent. The crude stages of whiteboard introductory design to repping the play all week in practice to calling the play at the right time on game day is considered a culmination of sorts in terms of all of the aforementioned stages coming to fruition in a matter of seconds. We take a look at a prime example of creativity in the play action pass game.
The Vikings come out in 12 Personnel with three pass eligible targets on the left side of the formation. The CB at the top of the screen does not have a WR in his zone which sets the stage for deception.
Post Snap, Bridgewater extends the ball to sell the run fake which clearly impact the 2nd level of the defense. The Cardinals stay in their Single High safety look with the CB at the top of the screen fixated on the run action due to not having a receiving threat on his side of the field.
As Bridgewater Sets in the pocket the picture is taking shape down the field. To the Cardinals, this looks like a classic vertical stretch concept at this juncture of the play with the TE (MyCole Pruit) getting ready to bend his route to his right, but wait just a second…
As Bridgewater continues to buy time at the top of his drop the TE (Pruit) plants his right foot in the ground and re-directs the trajectory of his pattern, essentially running a double move out break route to further confuse the Arizona secondary. His (TE) objective now becomes to run across the field to the left while gaining depth.
The ball is released by Bridgewater blending anticipation and touch to ensure completion. As we can clearly see there is a vast area of green grass created to drop the ball into due to crafty and creative play design by Norv Turner.
Watch the play in its entirety below.