Banner’s Mid-Season Review: Front Office Accolades and Criticisms 

Banner’s Mid-Season Review: Front Office Accolades and Criticisms 
Nine weeks into the first-ever 17-game NFL season, we have had enough time to come to some type of understanding regarding which front office decisions have paid dividends and who has misfired. To this point, three front offices have stood out thus far as deserving of recognition, while others have not been as successful. Accolades: […]

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Banner Headlines: The Eagles Have Legitimate Long-Term Concerns

Banner Headlines: The Eagles Have Legitimate Long-Term Concerns
Some thoughts after Week 7 of the NFL season… Las Vegas 33, Philadelphia 22 The Eagles defense just does not do anything. They are only rushing three or four guys on about 85 percent of passing plays, and they just seem broken at every level. You are certainly not seeing what you want to see from the […]

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Inside the Numbers: Why Teams Won in Week 7

Inside the Numbers: Why Teams Won in Week 7
Each week The 33rd Team analyzes Sunday’s games by looking at more than just wins and losses. We look at specific statistics and game trends that impacted the outcomes of each game. Today, let’s look at the winners: Tennessee Titans 27 – Kansas City Chiefs 3 Titans Key Stat: 0.3 Points per Drive Allowed The Titans only had to […]

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Play Breakdowns

Coordinator’s Corner: Raiders Touchdown Pass to Kenyan Drake

Today on Coordinator’s Corner, I am going to break down a Las Vegas Raiders touchdown pass from Derek Carr.

In this series, I break down some of the best plays and designs from the previous football week. The goal is to help you to understand why players and coaches come to the decisions they did with different play designs. This play particularly caught my eyes when watching it back.

My experience comes from being the Chicago Bears’ head coach for two seasons before departing. Other stops in my coaching career include going to the CFL, where I coached the Montreal Alouettes. With Montreal, I would coach my way into four Grey Cups and win three of them in the process. Throw into the mix the coaching in both a college National Championship and Super Bowl as well and you can realize I have seen, taught, and learned from the best over my lengthy career. 

Now, as a contributor with The 33rd Team, I am looking at the Las Vegas Raiders as they are taking on the Denver Broncos in Week 6.

The Breakdown

In this game, Derek Carr completes a beautiful wheel route to Running Back Kenyan Drake for a Raiders’ touchdown. At this point in the game, the Raiders were trailing 10-7, so this play specifically changed the momentum of the game completely. The play design here is more than just the nice throw from Carr too, it allowed Carr to have so many options if the play were to break down. That’s something any good NFL play

call should include. 

How did this play materialize as the half ended? Why did the Raiders make this call? Allow me and my 39 years of experience working with offenses to explain. From working with quarterbacks, we can break down this Raiders touchdown and its design. 

This is the Coordinator’s Corner.

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