Welcome back to Ravens Review, a film series dedicated to breaking down the Ravens’ big plays from 2016.
In this installment of Ravens Review we have Breshad Perriman’s 27-yard touchdown against the Cleveland Browns.
Let’s take a look at the play pre-snap.
The Browns are aligned with a single high safety, indicating that they are playing either Cover 1 or Cover 3. Based on the position of the cornerbacks and the linebacker quickly approaching the line of scrimmage pre-snap, it tips the play a little indicating it’s a man coverage call. Below is a look at the final assignments and coverage on the play.
The safety plays deep but is occupied by the receiver in the slot. The Ravens go with max protection, leaving the halfback and tight end in to block with Cleveland sending five rushers. The circled linebacker is playing the ‘free’ role in the coverage allowing him to read the quarterback and float around to cut off routes across the middle of the field.
Getting back to the deep safety, he reads the receiver crossing from the slot, essentially giving Perriman a one-on-one situation. This works to either side of the field, but Flacco sees the pressure coming from his right after the play action fake and elects to go to the side of the field where his first read is, correctly so.
The Browns could've made this play tougher for Flacco and Perriman had the corners initiated contact with the receivers within the legal five-yard limit. But they don't.
Flacco under-threw the ball, but due to the team’s position on the field, if Flacco would've led Perriman further, it would've been a very difficult catch in the back corner of the end zone. It was a very interceptable pass, but Perriman’s adjustment bailed Flacco out and turned the play into a success. The scenario you hope for is the one where only Perriman has the opportunity to make the play on the ball, and that likely would've been in the back corner, but it’s hard to argue with a play that yields the desired result.
Let’s look at it one last time.
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