He’s on to your game. You gotta throw something at him he’s not ready for.
-Ned Yoast Remember the Titans
The definitive line of the definitive play of the movie Remember the Titans. A revelation that resulted in a perfect play design that resulted in a last second touchdown that ended up winning the state title for T.C. Williams. How many of you when you watched the movie, while ecstatic, quietly was underwhelmed by the call for a reverse? In today’s game, the reverse isn’t a sexy offensive choice.
The play call was perfect for that moment and that era. The way you
defeated a lot of veer attacks was overwhelm teams at their mesh points with superior numbers or withering pressure. The flow call, which is a slant and a slant angled blitz to overwhelm a perimeter attack puts essentially 5 guys where only three offensive guys are at. Very effective especially if you are Herman Boone who runs 6 basic run concepts and a bevy of play action passes. If you are going to beat TC Williams, you gotta sell out to stop the run. Defenses aren’t asked to sell out 9 guys against the run anymore and defensive coordinator s don’t have a lot of flow calls in their playbook anymore. Why, because at one point or another, offensive coordinators saw a lot of 5-2, Bear, and 4-6 defenses to stop veer and power running attacks. Everyone on the defense was chasing the front side of that play. They hadn’t seen anything else, so we have to fly to get to the frontside. Those kids (theoretically of course) heard that all week. That is why the reverse works. Those defenses were meant to stop power run. Those defenses were effective but in a schematic sense, completely and totally unsound.
But they were effective. Effective because the offense didn’t ask the defense to consider anything else and most coaches were like Herman Boone. They ran six to 10 plays and eventually you wore them down. I remember a distinct conversation from my coaches about Van Troxel’s Hellgate High School offense. You are going to give up 200 yards. You’ll give up a big play or two. You know they are going to run it. You gotta make them work for every yard.