So after 4 games Jamaal Charles is the team leader in receptions (23) and tied for the lead in yardage with Avery (213 yards). While most of us expected Bowe to be up there, it was correctly assumed Charles would be right up there with him. Reid has always featured his tailbacks in his passing game, and for good reason- the ones he has had are threats in the open field.
One of our best plays so far has been of the simplest, Charles runs an out-route from the backfield, Smith (on what looks like his 2nd read) delivers the ball and Charles gets 10 yards almost every time. Why does this work? Matchups. If the defense is playing man Charles is usually guarded by a LB, and thats a matchup he wins every time.. We also ran this play effectively against Dallas' zone. If there is a receiver play-side he runs a clearing route to give Charles more space
[Insert Charles trucking Claiborne GIF here]
So, we have a play that works. Great. But one of the hallmarks of a good offense is continuously adding new wrinkles as the season progresses. Building off what you have done before and keeping the defense on its toes.
The Play To Watch For
If you watched the Saints vs Dolphins game, you saw it on the first play from scrimmage. The halfback wheel route. Sproles ran this beautifully and was wide open past the LB (Wheeler?) for a huge gain. The Saints never looked back.
Nows it our turn. Our future opponents have seen 4 weeks of us running this play on film and they know what to look for. Sometime very soon we will burn a defense with the wheel. A freaking fullback could run it effectively versus an aggressive defense. When its ran by a guy with homerun speed it can be absolutely devastating.
Bonus, what was one of Alex Smiths favorite plays in San Fran?
The wheel route ran by Vernon Davis.