Sam Bradford to Adam Thielen All-22


All-22 Review – Deep Ball Perfection utilizing Run Heavy Personnel.


Situation- Beginning 2nd half play against New York, Minnesota lines up in 21 personnel on 1st and 10 from the 25 yard line. This base offensive look limits what the Giants can do defensively as they clearly deploy a single high safety look with press man coverage on the outside with 8 defenders in the “Box”.  (All Content courtesy of NFL Game Pass)screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-9-08-08-pm

As Sam Bradford receives the snap from under center, the Giant defense does not know if it is going to be a pass or a run. Notice how their Linebackers are fixated on the backfield in this run heavy Viking offensive formation. screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-9-08-21-pm

Upon receiving the snap, Bradford immediately places his eyes hard to the right with the intention of manipulating and freezing the FS in the middle of the field. At the Bottom of the screen, the WR uses a “Tight” which is needed for this play to work. screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-9-08-58-pm

As Bradford is nearing the top of his five step drop his eyes are still locked on the right side of the field as he attempts to fool the Giants Single High free safety. At the bottom of the screen the WR is beginning to gain separation from the man coverage while still leaving Bradford extended space to drop the ball into. screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-9-09-10-pm

As Bradford sets up to deliver the throw we can clearly see the FS has been frozen and there is considerable green grass to throw the football to at the bottom of the screen. screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-9-09-29-pm

The ball is released on time by Bradford within a clean pocket. Notice how the WR continues to run straight even though he has room to the outside – this allows Bradford to throw him open with touch. screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-9-09-50-pm

Bradford drops the ball into the bucket as the Vikings take advantage of great formational design coupled with veteran eye level discipline and ball placement by Bradford to complete the fade pass. screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-9-10-18-pm

Sam Bradford to Stefon Diggs All-22 Analysis

Sam Bradford started for the Vikings after just two weeks of being in Minnesota. Bradford looked comfortable running the offense and made huge throws all night. Bradford exemplified ideal arm strength, accuracy and toughness all evening long and we go ahead and analyze one of his best throws from the evening.

Utilizing the “Texas” route in Red Zone.

Author- Bryan Trulen

The Minnesota Vikings travel to Nashville on September 11 to play the Tennessee Titans. Watching Pre-Season Titan Film, we have uncovered an opportunity to use the “Texas” route versus the Titan Defense to score points inside of the 10 Yard Line.


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3rd and Goal from the 6. Oakland comes out in a modified 10 personnel. The Two Strong Side WR’s utilize a tight split and are essentially stacked. The Raiders field side WR’s are in a normal alignment. Tennessee pre snap is showing they are committed to playing the pass.

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Derek Carr takes the shot gun snap and immediately positions his eyes to the left where the Oakland WR’s are streaking down the field. This puts stress on the Tennessee defenders on the left. Meanwhile, at the top of the screen, Oakland is running a mesh concept out of a close formation. Typically in the “Mesh” the flat or outlet receiver will continue to the sideline. As we can see the RB coming out of the backfield has the flat defender convinced he will do just that.

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As Carr gets ready to throw, the RB has made a hard pivot and cut back across the middle of the field in the classic “Texas” or angle route. Conceptually, Oakland does a great job with their WR Spacing to create the illusion of “Mesh” only to have the RB come open on the “Texas Route.

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Carr Delivers a strike into a decent sized window for six points on a great play call on 3rd and goal by coordinator Greg Olson.