Recently, Andrew Luck sat down with Brian Baldinger and Ron Jaworski for the NFL’s Game Pass Film Room Session. A couple things to point out about this series: first, it’s fantastic. Every episode is a lot of fun to watch if you enjoy the game of football. Second, it’s incredibly sporadic. There are only seven episodes and I would logon weekly if the NFL decided to roll these out consistently. Third, you can only view these episodes if you pay for NFL Game Pass.
For a guy like me, I watch a lot of not just football, but all-22 film and I write about it here, for you people. So, while I don’t love handing over my $100 (let’s hope it stays there) every year, it’s beyond worth it for me. Now, if you’re sitting there thinking to yourself, “I already pay for Sunday Ticket, the RedZone channel and when you add that to the other cash I dole out throughout the year on tickets and merchandise, there’s no way I’m giving them another $100 just so I can watch a couple 20 minute shows and a bunch of old football games.”
If that’s what you’re thinking, I get it, but fear not! That’s why I’m here today. Nobody tell Game Pass I’m going to give you the milk for free, I already bought the cow.
Ron Jaworski starts by asking Andrew about the success they’ve had in the redzone and asks him to breakdown what he sees on this play:
“So we put TY and Eric on the same side of the ball, two premier catchers there. Knowing that the defense is in an ‘in and out combo’ type coverage, a little switch release and that allows Eric to create leverage. It’s not a very good throw, it’s a below average throw. Eric makes a great job of getting his shoulder down sort of trapping the ball under his arms, not letting it hit the ground and then rolling in, get the touchdown.”
Andrew Luck on goal line philosophy:
“...redzone, positive yards really matter. If you’re at first and goal on the ten yard line, to take a three yard completion or a run and another three yard completion and get to third and goal from the four, it’s a lot easier to score from the four yardline than it is to incomplete, incomplete and third and goal from the ten. I mean, your odds go way down...”
Baldinger: “Walk us through your progression here.”
Luck: “You’re digging into the vault for this one, Baldy.”
Baldy agreed, laughs were had.
Luck: “First, this is a play that some folks know as spider right or spider two, whatever you call, a bunch of different ways to call it. But Fleener coming out of the backfield, he’s one, if he’s open, we’re taking it. And then this sort of sneak route if you will by Dwayne, he becomes our number two, you know, right now.”
Baldy: “So you’re one, two, all the way back across the field?”
Luck: “All the way back, yeah. Keeps it simple... Reg sorta just... affecting Mosley just enough, you know, in his route to make him bubble over, again it takes all 11 guys out there doing their job for an offensive play to work. That’s the beauty of football. Certainly as I’ve grown a little bit older in this league, the word “simple” keeps coming up, but it’s real, ya have to keep things simple in your mind and allow yourself to process things and have a plan for every play, one, two, three, it’s hard when too much is goin’ on.”
Had I not split this into three parts, you would have been reading (by internet standards) the equivalent of War and Peace. While obnoxiously long articles are kind of my thing, I’m trying to branch out, work with me. Tomorrow, I’ll go over their talk about using tight ends, Frank Reich and specific formations.