Using Design and Timing to beat the Carolina Panthers Defense

Author- Bryan Trulen

Bronco QB Trevor Siemian has enjoyed some early success for Denver. Through two games he has displayed traits such as ball placement, timing and an overall sense of calm being the triggerman for Kubiak offensive system in the mile high city.

In his first career start against Carolina, Siemian consistently found the open man but was also managed very well by Gary Kubiak. Below is an illustration of one of Siemian’s many pin point throws on the evening.

Denver comes out in 20 personnel with Siemian under center on 1st Down. Carolina is showing their hand defensively by playing man to man with their cornerbacks with two safeties deep in coverage. screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-1-42-40-am

Denver begins the play with a hard play fake to the RB and brings the Fullback through the middle to further sell the run. The two WR’s to Siemian’s left begin their routes down the field. Carolina is blitzing their CB at the top of screen as well. screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-1-43-14-am

Siemian is able to set up comfortably in the pocket off of play action with the blitzing Carolina CB slowed down due to the run fake. On the bottom of the screen, Denver has a classic curl flat combination against what has now turned into Cover 3 Zone. screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-1-43-32-am

Siemian throws the curl route into a clearly defined window for a completion. The combination of excellent route depth by Denver’s WR’s exectuing the curl flat concept to perfection aided by Carolina rotating post snap into Cover 3 Zone due to a blitzing CB made this play work. screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-1-43-46-am