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Breaking Down the Jacoby Package

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts have introduced a new package to the offense in an effort to create a spark. It involves 21M dollar backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett and it has a lot of potential. I went through the Packers game, in which the package was used the most and I was able to break down the main plays of the package.


Play 1: Inside Zone Option

Jacoby is reading the edge defender here and has a boot with a pass option tagged to it. If the edge defender seals the edge, then he hands the ball off to Taylor who runs inside and reads the A or B gap that opens up from the zone blocking up front. If the defender would’ve crashed hard, Jacoby could’ve kept the ball and run or he can pass to the ball to a motioning Zach Pascal. If he see how open he is, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Colts use that play and tell Jacoby to keep it against a man heavy defense.


Play #2: Left Duo Option

Duo means that the offensive line is double teaming the defensive tackle(s). The Colts use motion again with Jack Doyle and it’s an option play so like the Pascal play, Jacoby has the option of keeping it based on the edge defender and dumping it off to Harris. Jacoby makes the right read again and hands off to Wilkins who hits the hole quickly and shows great burst on this run. This is another option play with many possibilities.


Play #3: Inside Zone Right Bubble Option

This is very similar to the first play but they tagged a bubble option to this play. In this play, the edge defender crashed hard so Jacoby kept the ball and got some big yards with his feet, which is something we forget he does well. If he continues to make the right reads, the Colts should almost always get positive yards out of this package.


Play #4: QB Sneak

This is as simple as it gets: Brissett takes the snap under center and barges forward for as many yards as he can. It’s a great short yardage play with a high success rate since Brissett has tremendous size.


Play #5: Inside Zone Option Right (from 13 Personnel)

In general, the Colts like to run plays from different looks and it’s the same in this package. The Colts run the inside zone option, but this time it’s from 13 personnel which means there’s 1 running back and 3 tight ends. Burton runs a flare to take the safety deep but is also an option on a passing play. Jacoby does the right thing and hands the ball off but Taylor runs into Jack Doyle who mistimes his motion and that kills all of Taylor’s momentum and kills the play. Poor execution cost them here.


Play #6: Duo Dive Right

This is the first real play that doesn’t have an option tagged attached to it. This is a simple duo block with the center and left guard taking on one 3-tech defensive tackle and the right guard and right tackle taking on the other. The left tackle is responsible for the end and the tight end for the other end. The receiver in motion, if the defense were in zone, would be the lead blocker and in man is responsible for blocking his defender. Pascal doesn’t do a great job against his aggressive defender and gets called for the hold. While the call was a bit questionable in slow motion, refs will almost always call holding on a defensive play falling down with the offensive player’s hand wrapped around him. The play is very well designed and works well with two 3 tech defensive tackles, which you would usually see in a 4-3 defense. The Packers play a 3-4 base, but had a more 4-3 look on this play which made it work. Nevertheless, it’s a nice play and the Colts move people in the running game out of duo blocks and should use them more in their base offense with Rivers.


Recap

This obviously isn’t the entire package and the pass option involved in many of the plays leads to countess scenarios. On many of these plays, Brissett has the option to hand the ball, keep it himself and run or keep it and pass.

The big thing I took away is that there’s a lot of RPO options out of this which means there’s many combinations of potential plays. So while Jacoby decided to hand the ball off most of the time, it’s because he made the right read against the edge defender. If he goes up against a very aggressive edge defender, then he might be inclined to keep the ball and run or keep it and look to pass. What he does is completely up to the edge defender in many of the plays.

It adds a nice new wrinkle to the offense and I’d like to see it expanded. It could come in handy when the offense goes stale in big games (which has happened with the Colts in the past) and it could spark new life into Jonathan Taylor, who was one iffy holding call away from having a breakthrough moment in his so-far underwhelming career.

This has potential and it needs to stay!