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I have decided to go with a new format on film reviews that is less technical and more conversational. I will have the offensive and defensive plays at the top. Under that will be a short paragraph describing the drive including photos and diagraming of plays if necessary. Beneath that, will be a point system where players will be graded so that at a glance, you can see who played well that series or vice versa. It will be a simple system: Dominance is 2 points, Win your 1 on 1 is 1 point, a Push is 0 points, Lose your 1 on 1 is -1, Get dominated, bust, or miss an assignment is -2.


(in alphabetical order)

  • .5 in the box = a player is straddling the line of being in the box
  • 22 Front = Both DTs line up head-up on the guard. (22i) inside shoulder.
  • 33 Front = Both DTs line up on the outside shoulder of the OGs. No NG.
  • 3-4 Drop = 3, 0, 4 technique front. Boundary DE lines up over the inside WR.
  • 4-3 Bone = Over Front, WLB and Sam over the outside shoulder of the DE 2 yards back. MLB over the C.
  • 44 Front = 3-4 defense with NG head up over the C. DT and SDE head up on the OTs.
  • 46  = Two 1 techniques, 5 man front with the WLB at a 7 technique, WS at WLB’s normal spot.
  • 3×1 wide = 3 WRs on the wide side, 1 WR on the other.
  • 3×1 boundary = 3 WRs on the boundary side, 1 WR on the wide side
  • 9WR – This is the spot for the biggest matchup advantage and most dominant WR.  The 9 is going to be lined up to the boundary side of the formation or to the weak side of the formation. The offense will either have him matched up 1 on 1 against a CB or, if the CB can’t handle the 9WR, the defense will have to bracket him backside with 2 DBs and open up opportunities for the rest of the offense. The 9WR lineage: Nuk Hopkins, Martavis Bryant, Mike Williams, and Deon Cain.
  • 5WR – The is the slot WR position that is typically lined up inside the 2WR.  The 5WR is a possession receiver tasked with running ins, outs, curls, and crossers.  The 5 also gets the clutch corner route in our smash concept. He is also typically tasked with blocking on bubble and tunnel screens. He has to be Mr. First Down and also get his hands dirty and play football. The 5WR lineage: Jaron Brown, Adam Humphries, and Hunter Renfrow.
  • 2WR – This is the WR that goes in motion and runs the jet sweeps. The 2 should be a great athlete that is electric with the ball in his hands.  The 2 lines up on the outside and is usually a burner.  He will catch the most bubble screens but must also be capable of threatening the defense downfield and will run a lot of the same routes as the 9WR. The 2WR lineage: Sammy Watkins, Artavis Scott, and Ray Ray McCloud.
  • Ace = Formation with 1 RB, QB under center, and often 2 TEs
  • Alley = area between the OT/TE and WR.
  • BCB = Boundary Cornerback
  • Blast = FB/HB lead play in the C gap with a kick out on the DE. 
  • Bracket = Double coverage where one trails the WR and one covers over the top of the WR
  • BS = Bubble Screen
  • Bunch = 3 receivers grouped. Usually close to the tackle box (often TE and 2 WRs)
  • Bullet -ILB A or B gap blitz.
  • C0-  Man to man coverage across the field
  • C1- Man to man with a deep safety in the middle
  • C2- Two deep safeties with CBs in the flat funneling the outside WRs
  • C3- Three deep coverage, usually with 2 CBs and the FS, WS goes to the flat
  • C4 (quarters)- (see image below)
  • C6 (quarter, quarter, half) – C2 on one side and C4 on the other side
  • Circle Route– RB runs around the OT, crosses the LOS, and circles back to the middle.
  • Counter – Misdirection play usually involving a pulling Guard like Power
  • Counter Tre – Misdirection play where both the backside OG and OT pull playside and the RB follows.
  • Crack– WR blocks down on S or LB
  • Creep – the 6 players in the box move around to try to confuse the OL.
  • Diamond  – Formation with Tailback deep and a FB/H on either side.
  • Dig route = 15 yard square in.
  • Dime = 6 Defensive Backs in the game
  • DOD or Dime of Doom = Venables’ 3-2-6 dime package
  • Double Eagle – 5 man front with the C and both Gs covered
  • Double Move – WR stops his route to get the DB to bite and then runs by him
  • Eagle Drop – 3 man Front with the RG, C, and LG covered up and the boundary DE dropped to OLB.
  • (EF) Eagle Flex  – 4 man Front with the C and OG covered boundary, 5 technique DE flexed on the wideside, ILBs shifted over in the bubble.
  • EM = end man on the line of scrimmage.
  • ET = Extra Defensive Tackle for short yardage situations
  • EZ = Endzone
  • FC = Faicatch
  • FCB = Wide side or field cornerback
  • Fire = S, NB, LB blitz from the outside D gap.
  • Flip = The DL Front stays the same but LBs and DBs flips sides. WS, WLB, BCB go wide and SS, Sam, MLB, and FCB go boundary.
  • “G” play = Down blocks from the OT/TE. OG pulls around the end man and gets the LB on that side. RB runs off that block.
  • Garbage Time – not within 28 points in the first quarter, 24 in the second, 21 in the third, or 16 in the fourth — either when Clemson is/was winning or losing.
  • Green Dog = man blitz when your man stays in to block or is not in the formation.
  • Gun 2RB = QB in Shotgun with a RB on both sides of him.
  • Gun I = QB in Shotgun with the H and RB lined up on the same side.
  • H wide = TE is at the H-Back spot behind the OT on the wide side (aka Sniffer).
  • Indy = In obvious passing situations where we bring in a 3rd DE to replace a DT.
  • Iso = FB lead play in the A or B gap.
  • IZ = Inside Zone or Zone blocked play inside the tackles.
  • Jailbreak – 7 or more blitz.
  • JS= Jet Sweep.
  • Kangaroo Route = Receiver (usually the TE) runs “down under” and behind the OL to the other side and leaks out. This is the primary route on a swap boot play.
  • Loose = Will LB out on the slot or WR to the boundary.
  • LOS = Line of Scrimmage.
  • Man = man to man coverage.
  • Mesh Concept = The inside WRs on opposite sides run crossers that meet in the middle for a “rub” on the defenders as they cross.
  • MOF = Middle of the Field
  • Okie = 3-4 defense with a 5 man front usually with 7, 4, 0, 4, 7 techniques.
  • OOB– Out of Bounds
  • OV = Outside Veer or option play where the FB dive hits the B or C gap.
  • OZ = (aka stretch play) outside zone run or zone blocked play off-tackle run.
  • Over = 4-3 Over. DL shifted to the wide side.
  • Over Route = Deep crosser by the WR, usually the slot WR
  • PA =Play Action
  • PBU= Pass broken up.
  • Plus Play = Soundly winning a 1 on 1 battle to where it affects the result of the play positively for the team.
  • POA = Point of Attack
  • Power = backside OG leads into B gap hole.
  • Power Sweep = H-B lead to the D gap with one or both OGs pulling around.
  • Psycho Front = Defensive Front with 8 men in the box moving around and 2 or less DL.
  • Red Dog (overload)- LB and S/NB blitz on the same side.
  • Robber – S or LB moves to take away crossing/slant routes to the middle.
  • RPO = Run/Pass Option
  • Sail = Corner route by the TE coming across the field
  • Sky – SS moves up two yards, takes flat, CBs and FS take deep thirds.
  • Slant Right/Left – entire DL slants to one direction in unison.
  • Sluggo – Slant and Go route
  • Smash Concept- Route combination with an outside hitch and slot corner
  • Snag Concept – Slant-curl from the outside WR, a corner from slot WR, and the RB sneaks out into the flat.
  • Soft (Cx)= CBs/NB playing well of the WR until he gets to the 1st down line.
  • Stretch = zone blocked run just inside the last offensive player on that side.
  • Stack (LB) – the 3 LBs are stacked directly behind DL.
  • Stack (WR) – one WR lined up directly behind another
  • Stalk – WR blocks DB in front of him.
  • Sweep = TB/QB run, often FB/ H-B lead play to the D gap.
  • Swing = RB pass route behind and parallel to the LOS
  • Switch Routes = 2 WRs on the same side immediately cross to get the D to declare their coverage
  • Sugar Huddle = Quick breaking huddle where the OL turns around and ball is snapped
  • Swap Boot = Bootleg with a TE flat route run behind the OL
  • SZ =Split Zone. 
  • SZO = Split Zone Option play
  • Tare Concept = Two out routes and a vertical route on the same side. I’ll use it for 1 vertical and 3 routes towards the vertical route also.
  • TB = Touchback, ball brought out to the 25 on kickoffs, 20 on punts.
  • TE stunt – Tackle shoots outside gap and end loops around on the inside.
  • They = The opponent, more specifically their coaching staff
  • Tight = Sam LB lined up inside the Tackle Box
  • TT stunt – (twist) one DT crashes on a slant and the other DT loops around and fills the hole he just left.
  • TFL = tackle for loss.
  • TO – Triple Option.
  • Trap – playside DL is left unblocked, backside OG pulls to block that DL, RB runs underneath the block.
  • Triangle -3 WR Route Combination, usually with a slant-curl, corner, and quick out
  • Twist = one DT crashes on a slant and the other DT loops around and fills the hole he just left.
  • Under = DL shifted to the boundary or weak side
  • We = Clemson, more specifically the Coaching Staff
  • Winners/Winning Plays – Offensive play calls that have either been set up by earlier playcalling, will take advantage of the defensive scheme, or have been saved until later.
  • WS = Weak Safety or safety to the boundary side
  • X (receiver) = Split end or outside WR on the weakside of the formation.
  • Z (receiver) = WR on the strong side of the formation
  • ZR =Zone read option play.

 

Coach/Player Shorthand

  • AB = Austin Bryant
  • AH = Albert Huggins
  • AJT = A.J. Terrell
  • ARod = Amari Rodgers
  • BG = Braden Galloway
  • BV = Brent Venables
  • CB = Chase Brice
  • Chad = Chad Smith
  • CF = Clelin Ferrell
  • CS = Cade Stewart
  • CW = Christian Wilkins
  • DK = Derion Kendrick
  • DO = Diondre Overton
  • Denzel = Denzel Johnson
  • Dex = Dexter Lawrence
  • ETN = Travis Etienne
  • GC = Gage Cervenka
  • GWill = Garrett Williams
  • IS = Isaiah Simmons
  • JD = J.D. Davis
  • JF = Justin Falcinelli
  • JR =Justyn Ross
  • JS = John Simpson
  • JWill = Jordan Williams
  • Judah = Judah Davis
  • KB = Kelly Bryant
  • KJ = Kendall Joseph
  • KW = K’Von Wallace
  • LJD = Lyn-J Dixon
  • LR = Logan Rudolph
  • M80 = Milan Richard
  • MB = Matt Bockhorst
  • MH = Mitch Hyatt
  • Pink = Nyles Pinckney
  • Ski = Jamie Skalski
  • SP = Sean Pollard
  • Spec = Baylon Spector
  • Tre = Tre Lamar
  • TL = Trevor Lawrence
  • TM = Trayvon Mullen
  • TT = Trevion Thompson
  • XK = Xavier Kelly
  • XT = Xavier Thomas
  • ZG = Zach Giella

 

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